Reminder: downtown Los Angeles bus detours in effect due to May Day protests

As we posted yesterday, please expect bus detours this afternoon in downtown Los Angeles due to May Day protests. As usual, it’s a bit of a fluid situation as it’s hard to predict how many protestors there will be.

As of 12:30 p.m., 10 bus lines were on detour and Broadway was closed between 11th Street and Olympic. The lines detoured: 2, 4, 28, 30, 40, 45, 728, 733, 740 and 745.

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  1. I normally catch the 740 or the 40 on Pico and Broadway around 5:15. Will I be able to do that today 5-1-12? What is the detour route for those two buses?

    • At this time, many bus lines — including the 740 and 40 — are on detour. All detour info here http://t.co/xV8d2ibo and here’s info for 40 and 740:

      Lines 40 & 42

      Northbound: Regular route to Broadway and 23rd St., (R) Washington Blvd., (L) Alameda St. to Temple St. and regular route

      Southbound: Regular Route to Alameda St. and Cesar Chavez Ave., continue Alameda St., (R) Washington Blvd., (L) Broadway and regular route

      Line 740

      Northbound: Regular route to Broadway and Washington Blvd., (R) Washington Blvd.,(L) San Pedro St., (R) Olympic Blvd. (L) Alameda St., (R) Busway entrance and regular route

      Southbound: Regular route to Patsaouras Plaza, (R) Vignes St., (R) 101 Fwy. north on ramp, (L) Alameda St., (R) Olympic Blvd., (L) San Pedro St., (R) Washington Blvd., (L) Broadway and regular route

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. Hello,
    Can I take the 450x and/or 910 Silver Line buses at the 5th/Flower bus stop?

    Alternatively, will I be able to catch the Expo Line from its downtown location?
    Thanks

    • No delays for the Expo Line!

      Here’s the detour info for Silver Line — it appears 5th/Flower going southbound is ok:

      Silver Line (910)

      Northbound: Regular route to Figueroa St and 7th St., continue Figueroa St to (R) Cesar Chavez Ave., (R) Alameda St., (L) Busway entrance and regular route

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      Southbound: Regular route to Busway and Alameda St., (R) Alameda St., (L) Cesar Chavez Ave., (L) Grand Ave., (R) 1st St., (L) Hope St. – Flower St., to 5th St. and regular route.

  3. because the all bus line will using the detour route and 511 says that will to have expect delays on the freeway from downtown Los Angeles to Los Angeles international airport.

    • Hi Douglas:

      Here is the detour info for the Silver Line/910 — according to info below from Metro the bus will be stopping Flower and 3rd:

      Silver Line (910)

      Northbound: Regular route to Figueroa St and 7th St., continue Figueroa St to (R) Cesar Chavez Ave., (R) Alameda St., (L) Busway entrance and regular route

      Southbound: Regular route to Busway and Alameda St., (R) Alameda St., (L) Cesar Chavez Ave., (L) Grand Ave., (R) 1st St., (L) Hope St. – Flower St., to 5th St. and regular route.

    • Douglas and everyone else:

      Just to reiterate from earlier service alert: if possible use Metro Rail in downtown to avoid the detours. You can use the train to connect to most buses.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  4. It would have been great if some operators along the detour route would have actually stopped for passengers and not decided to drive in the far left lanes along Flower St just bypassing stops all together. It was hard enough for patrons to find their buses, but to be passed up on top of it was aggravating. One of the biggest culprits was line 728 going by completely empty because they were not stopping for anyone. Then there was the guy on line 60, bus 5414 that created his own detour, that only had 2 people on his bus and was well south of the designated detour route. Does MTA hire drivers to service thed public or are they hired to just fill a seat to meet a quota and allowed to do whatever they want in situations like on May 1st???