Those who use and/or rely on paratransit services should read the following news release from Access — paratransit vehicles will not have any special access this weekend due to the 405 closure and customers should expect delays:
ACCESS ASKS PARATRANSIT RIDERS TO PREPARE FOR I-405 CLOSURE WEEKEND OF JULY 15-17
Access Services, Los Angeles County’s second-largest transit agency which serves 2.7 million customers each year, is asking all of its riders to prepare for long delays along the I-405 corridor for the scheduled closure the weekend of July 15-17. On- and off-ramps to and from I-405 will begin closing as early as 7pm on Friday, July 15, and the entire freeway will be closed both northbound between the I-10 and U.S. 101 Freeways, and southbound between the U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive until 5am Monday, July 18.
“Access is delivering exactly the same message as Metro to all of our riders: Plan ahead, avoid the area, or stay home,” said Shelly Verrinder, Executive Director of Access. “Access vehicles will not have any travel priority in the impacted area, so it’s important that riders prepare for what could be very long delays. Riders should make sure they have adequate supplies of food, water, medicine, or medical testing equipment on their person each time they board an Access vehicle.”
Access will have a special command center set up at its headquarters to assist Access vehicles with re-routing and alternate routes around impacted areas. Access riders are encouraged to call Access’ Customer Care Center at (800) 827-0829 to receive service updates and anticipated time delays during the freeway closure.
Access will continue to provide regular service to its 108,389 eligible riders throughout Los Angeles County over the course of the weekend.
Access, a local public entity, administers the Los Angeles County Coordinated Paratransit Plan on behalf of the County’s 43 public bus and rail operators. Our service is available for any Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit-eligible individual for any purpose and to or from any location within ¾ of a mile of any fixed-route bus operated by the Los Angeles County public fixed-route bus operators and within ¾ of a mile around METRO Rail stations during the hours that the systems are operational. The service area is divided into regions and extends into portions of the surrounding counties of San Bernardino, Orange and Ventura that are served by Los Angeles County fixed-route bus lines.
Access operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day in most areas of Los Angeles County. It is a shared ride, curb-to-curb service and utilizes fleet of small buses, mini-vans and taxis. For more information about Access, please call (800) 827-0829 or visit www.asila.org