Thousands are expected in downtown Los Angeles this Saturday for the third annual Women’s March. Although travel through the area will likely be clogged with traffic as a result, Metro is planning enhanced service to compensate.
The Expo, Blue, Gold, Purple and Red Lines will all run longer trains from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to account for larger crowds, according to Metro spokeswoman Anna Chen. Additionally, some trains will have modified schedules.
Red Line and Expo Line trains will run every six minutes, while Purple Line and Green Line trains will run every 12 minutes. Blue Line trains will also run every 6 minutes between 7th Street/Metro Center and Willow Station.
Gold Line trains will run every 7 minutes between APU/Citrus College and Union Station, every 15 minutes between Little Tokyo/Arts District and Atlantic Station.
As the march takes place, DTLA buses will be in service but will be on detour due to street closures. Metro advised taking Metro lines 2, 4, 10, 18, 28, 55, 62, 81, 83, 90 and 94 for those traveling by bus. Attendees coming into downtown Los Angeles from further away could also take Metrolink, which will be running additional train service to Union Station on the Antelope Valley, San Bernardino and Ventura County lines.
The starting point for the march is outside the Red/Purple Lines’ Pershing Square Station. To keep passenger flow moving at Pershing Square Station, the 5th/Hill portal will be enter only during the march, while the 4th/Hill portals will be exit only. Disabled customers and strollers may use the elevator at 5th/Hill in both directions.
In addition to these modified schedules, Metro officials advised riders to buy TAP cards early, and load them ahead of time, due to long lines in the past two years.