Broken rail slows morning commute for Metrolink riders

In this undated file photo, a Metrolink commuter train heads for Via Princessa station. Dan Watson/The Signal

Early-morning repairs to a rail along Metrolink’s AV Line delayed riders’ morning commute into the San Fernando Valley and Downtown Los Angeles by up to an hour Tuesday morning.

The “unforeseen track maintenance” was originally reported to riders shortly after 6 a.m. on Metrolink’s social media pages.

“It was due to a broken rail in the area,” Metrolink Public Information Officer Chris Gutierrez said.  “The trains had to travel at reduced speeds because of it.”

According to Gutierrez, the broken rail was reported between the Vincent Grade/Acton station and the Via Princessa Station and mainly affected southbound trains in the area.

The trains continued to move slowly through the stations until the repairs to the track were completed around 8:30 a.m.

“We got word around 8:30 a.m. this morning that it was resolved,” Gutierrez said.

The AV Line trains start in Lancaster and move through the Santa Clarita at the Via Princessa station, Santa Clarita Station and Newhall Station before they move downtown through the San Fernando Valley and end at the L.A. Union Station, where commuters can transfer to other Metrolink lines.

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