UPDATE: Blue and Expo Line resuming normal service

7:58 a.m.:The Blue and Expo Lines are resuming normal service. The earlier signals issue has been cleared. Metro thanks you for your understanding and patience.

The Blue and Expo Lines are experiencing major delays due to a signal failure near Del Amo station. Please allow extra time on your morning commute. For Blue and Expo Line alternate service, see here.

For up to the minute alerts, please follow us on twitter at @metrolosangeles and @metrolaalerts.

Service Advisory: Metro buses continue to detour around water main repairs in Westwood/UCLA area

Metro buses serving the Westwood/UCLA area continue to be impacted by yesterday’s #SunsetFlood. LADWP has estimated that Sunset Boulevard will remain closed between Veteran and Hilgard avenues for at least the next 24 hours:

Seems pretty reasonable if you’ve seen photos of the damage:

The issue: a giant sinkhole leaves little room for Metro buses. And then there’s the sharks:

While repairs are made to the broken water main, the following delays and detours remain in effect:

  • Metro Rapid 761 and Late Night 233 northbound will detour from Hilgard/Sunset to Beverly Glen, Wilshire, and Veteran to continue north. Southbound buses will use Church Lane, Montana, Gayley, and Le Conte to continue south.
  • Lines 2/302 westbound will detour from Hilgard/Sunset to Beverly Glen, Wilshire, and Le Conte to continue west.
  • In addition, customers should plan for delays on the 20 and Rapid 720 due to spill-over traffic on Wilshire Boulevard.

Metro will continue to keep customers informed of any changes to the above lines/detours here on The Source, via Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts, and on our Service Advisories page.

Transportation headlines, Wednesday, July 30

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ART OF TRANSIT: Very nice photo of the under-photographed Green Line, which runs mostly down the middle of the 105 freeway. Photo by Matthew Grant Anson, via his Flickr stream.

ART OF TRANSIT: Very nice photo of the under-photographed Green Line, which runs mostly down the middle of the 105 freeway. Photo by Matthew Grant Anson, via his Flickr stream.

Metro fare increase postponed, will take effect September 15th (Streetsblog LA)

The fare increases and changes approved by the Metro Board in May will begin on Sept. 15, a couple weeks behind the originally targeted date, reports Joe Linton. At that time, the regular fare will increase from $1.50 to $1.75 and also include two hours of free transfers. The cost of regular daily, weekly and monthly passes also increases — meaning that riders really need to consider whether it’s a better deal to pay per trip or still purchase a pass. Students who pay the discounted cash fare — which will not increase — don’t get the free transfer, according to a Metro staff report.

Senate tees up last-minute showdown on transpo funding (Streetsblog Network)

The Senate and the House continue to bicker over a short extension of the federal transportation funding bill. The House has a plan to keep it limping along until May, the Senate wants to shorten that time until December and get rid of some financial tricks — such as “pension smoothing” — that would keep the Highway Trust Fund from becoming an empty balloon.

Long story short: neither bill really tackles the main problem, which is that the federal gas tax — which hasn’t been raised since 1993 — doesn’t cover the nation’s transportation funding program anymore.

California high-speed rail project considering a tunnel under San Gabriel Mountains (Daily News) 

In its ongoing studies of the Palmdale-to-Burbank segment of the bullet train line, the California High-Speed Rail Authority will study a tunnel under the San Gabes in addition to a route that largely follows the 14 freeway. The tunnel would be a more direct shot but, presumably, would come at a higher cost. It currently takes Metrolink trains about two hours to travel between Union Station and Lancaster — that’s a two-hour train trip that never leaves Los Angeles County!

83-year-old good Samaritan scores rare victory in fight against City Hall (L.A. Times) 

Columnist Steve Lopez gets the bat squarely on the ball in a column that efficiently chronicles the difficulty in getting a curb painted red in a no parking zone and a certain major utility letting its sprinklers run all day in a drought before….just read it.

Op-Ed: is bicycling the new rude (Glendale News-Press)

Peter Rusch isn’t too thrilled with spandex-clad cycling groups that run stop signs, saying he doubts they would behave that way if behind the wheel of a car. No doubt there are some cyclists who flout the law. And that’s wrong. But pleeeeeeeease. There’s equally no doubt it would easy to write a column every day about motorists who blow through red lights, stop signs and who illegally nose their cars into crosswalks — and who far outnumber cyclists on the road.

MBTA adding wi-fi to commuter rail system (Metro)

Free wi-fi will be available on 14 commuter rail lines in the Greater Boston area, including some stations. A contractor is installing it for free — they hope to make money by getting people to pay $15 a month for premium wi-fi that would allow customers to stream video.

 

Reminder: Metro Presents Mark de Clive-Lowe’s CHURCH at Union Station July 31

Don’t forget, critically acclaimed pianist, composer, producer, DJ and live re-mixer Mark de Clive-Lowe will be celebrating his new album CHURCH with a free performance at the Fred Harvey Room in Union Station this Thursday, July 31. Admission is free and will be on a first come, first served basis. Dancing will be encouraged.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. There will be a DJ set at 7 p.m. and Mark de Clive-Lowe’s CHURCH begins at 8 p.m.

The event is being presented with Mercado La Paloma.

Service Alert: #SunsetFlood affecting Metro bus service around Westwood/UCLA

UPDATE 8 p.m.: The burst water main pipe near Westwood/UCLA has been shut off and water flow stopped, according to LADWP. At this time, detours on the 761, Late Night 233, and 2/302 remain in effect.

Metro Rapid 761 and Late Night 233, as well as bus Lines 2/302, and 20/720 are currently experiencing detours and delays in Westwood due to a major water main break just north of the UCLA campus. The #SunsetFlood began around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon at Sunset Boulevard and Maryland Place, blowing open a 15-foot sinkhole, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. As a result, Sunset Blvd will remain closed to traffic in both directions between Veteran and Hilgard Avenues, until the main is slowly shut off.

Affected Metro buses in the Westwood/UCLA area will operate according to the following detours until further notice:

Metro Rapid 761 and Late Night 233 northbound will detour from Hilgard and Sunset to Beverly Glen, Wilshire, and Veteran to continue north. Southbound buses will use Church Lane, Montana, Gayley, and Le Conte to continue south.

Lines 2/302 westbound will detour via Beverly Glen, Wilshire, and Le Conte.

Customers of the 20/720 should expect delays in service due to heavy traffic along Wilshire Boulevard.

LADWP recommends the following detours for drivers in the area: Drivers traveling westbound on Sunset should go south on Beverly Glen, then west on Wilshire Boulevard, then back north on Veteran/Sepulveda to get around the closure. Eastbound traffic should head south on Veteran/Sepulveda, then east on Wilshire Boulevard, then north on Beverly Glen.

For details about specific detours, please see our Service Advisories page. For minute-by-minute updates, follow us on twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.

ShopWalk DTLA with Metro and save at participating businesses

ShopWalk DTLA, a day of sales, discounts, and in-store events at local businesses, returns to Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core on Sunday, August 3. Shop, eat, and play at some of L.A.’s best boutiques and restaurants while exploring the neighborhood. Getting there is a breeze with Metro–just take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or take the Metro Blue or Expo Line to 7th St/Metro Center Station.

Plus, Metro riders can save at participating ShopWalk DTLA businesses! Show your valid TAP card at the following locations to receive discounts on August 3:

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Metro Motion wins Emmy at 66th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards

Metro has won an Emmy for the Metro Motion Union Station 75th Anniversary TV show, which aired prior to the May 3 Union Station anniversary celebration. The show contains interviews with many key players in the Union Station story, including Metro CEO Art Leahy.

The Emmy award in the public programming category for news was received Saturday night, July 26, at the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood.

Metro Motion Union Station is the story of the last of the great rail stations: its history, its important role as a transit hub anchoring today’s expanding transit network and its future as the center of mobility for our region.

Since opening festivities in 1939 that attracted half a million spectators to downtown Los Angeles, beautiful Union Station has played many roles throughout its 75 years, including one as Hollywood’s rail station. It has appeared in hundreds of films, TV shows and commercials. Currently it serves 70,000 daily commuters who link through Union Station via Metro rail and bus, Metrolink, Amtrak and municipal carriers.

Metro Motion is co-produced with Santa Monica City TV and runs quarterly on 80 cable stations throughout Los Angeles County and on metro.net.

Here’s the Emmy-winning show: