A better Blue Line: 30-day closure of four Blue Line stations in Long Beach to begin Sept. 20

The track switch near Downtown Long Beach Station will be moved so trains can run more reliably. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

The track switch near Downtown Long Beach Station will be moved and renewed so trains can run more reliable service. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Heads up, Blue Line commuters: Metro will start work on station and rail improvements in Long Beach on Saturday, September 20. The work will require a 30-day closure of four Blue Line stations in downtown Long Beach: Downtown Long Beach Station, Pacific Street Station, 1st Street Station and 5th Street Station. Metro will operate free bus shuttles in place of rail service in the Long Beach Loop during the closure.

Customers will be able to ride the bus shuttles from Anaheim Street Station to the four stations listed above at no charge. Shuttles will run at the same Blue Line service levels and will be scheduled to meet trains for transfers. At Anaheim Street Station, regular train service will continue northward to Los Angeles.

Work at the four Long Beach stations will include installing new tile, lighting, paint and extending station canopies. Other work will involve replacing a switch between tracks near Downtown Long Beach Station and rail inspection and replacement.

The work is part of the $1.2-billion overhaul taking place on the Metro Blue Line. Some of the updates have already been completed and many others, including major track improvement work, are now underway. Metro will make every effort to minimize disruptions to service while work is being done, but in this case, some disruption is inevitable. While dealing with any kind of service disruption can be a huge headache, please keep in mind that when the work is completed, the Blue Line should have more reliable service.

Buses in Long Beach will be detouring off 1st Street to Ocean Avenue during the closure. First Street will be closed from Long Beach Boulevard to Pacific Avenue during construction. Pedestrian and bicycle access on 1st Street will remain open.

We will continue to update The Source with more information on the project as it progresses. You can also check the Blue Line Upgrades page for rail alerts or follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts to get service advisories.

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City of Beverly Hills approves MOU with Metro for Purple Line Extension utility work permits

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The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a Memorandum of Agreement and authorized its staff to issue permits to Metro to relocate utilities for the Purple Line Extension’s future station at Wilshire/La Cienega. This clears the way for Metro to move forward with its planned pre-construction work within the city’s borders.

Metro will now be able to relocate water, power, sewer and other utility lines once a contractor for the Wilshire/La Cienega station advanced utility work is selected.   Relocating the utilities now will ensure that area residents and business will be able to continue to receive service once actual construction begins for the Wilshire/La Cienega station.

The Memorandum of Agreement clearly defines how the two parties will work together during utility relocation. The MOA is similar to established agreements Metro already has with other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

The unanimous 5 to 0 vote is the result of months of close coordination between Metro and Beverly Hills. The City Council put the agency’s requested permits as well as its MOA through close scrutiny and public debate over the last eight months. City Council members expressed concerns regarding night-time work, noise, parking and local business impacts, among others.

During the vote, the Beverly Hills Council publicly thanked Metro and its construction relations team for working closely with the city. Council Members reported that Metro came to the table, listened to their concerns and worked cooperatively through their issues.

The approvals are welcome news to Metro and will help keep planned pre-construction work on track. Advanced utility relocation work for the other planned stations in the City of Los Angeles has been going on for the last year-and-a-half.

In July, Metro selected a design-builder for the first section of the Purple Line Extension.  The agency is now in a 45-day protest review period. Following the contract award, major construction would likely start next year.

The first phase of the Purple Line Extension will extend tracks for 3.9 miles from the current terminus at Wilshire and Western to Wilshire and La Cienega. New stations will be built at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. The second phase of the project will extend the Purple Line to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City while the third phase will include two stations in Westwood — one at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards, the other at Wilshire and the VA Hospital.

The Purple Line Extension is being funded in part with Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by 68 percent of Los Angeles County voters in 2008.

VIDEO: U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez tours Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Construction Site

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez toured the construction site of the Crenshaw/LAX Line on Monday, as the above video shows.

Perez was welcomed by Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors (WSCC) workers LeDaya Epps and James Martinez. After a meeting with elected officials, executives from WSCC and Metro and community members, Secretary Perez was showed the ongoing work at Crenshaw Boulevard and Rodeo Road.

In the run-up to Labor Day on Sept. 1, Secretary Perez is on a nationwide tour of important public construction projects. Los Angeles was his first stop. For more information on the tour here’s the link to Tuesday’s post.

Save up to 50 percent on any-day Los Angeles County Fair tickets with Metro

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Discover the Los Angeles County Fair–the largest county fair in the country–with Metro and Metrolink. The fair takes place from August 29 through September 28 at the Fairplex in Pomona. You’ll be able to enjoy Luminasia, a larger-than-life Chinese lantern festival, Grinding Gears dance club, live animals, a carnival with more than 70 thrilling rides and more!

Discounted tickets to the Los Angeles County Fair are available for Metro riders. Use the exclusive promo code when buying tickets online and save up to 50% on any-day fair tickets.

To get to the fair on weekends, take the Metrolink San Bernadino Line to Fairplex Station. A free shuttle will take you from there to the Yellow Gate Entrance. Metrolink is offering a late-night train service back to Los Angeles Union Station on Saturdays and Sundays while the fair is in session so you can stay and enjoy the concerts, nightclub and evening entertainment.

All San Bernardino Line weekend trains will stop at the Fairplex Station except for trains 351, 352 and 353 on Saturday and train 351 on Sunday. Take advantage of the special Metrolink weekend pass discount for trains that run to and from Union Station.

For weekday service to the fair, use the Pomona (North) Station and transfer to Foothill Transit Bus 197.

Metro will send a speaker to your class or organization this fall

Members of the Metro Speakers Bureau are available this fall to talk to your group or classroom.

Whether it’s about bike paths or rail lines, clean air or jobs at Metro, the Metro Speakers’ Bureau has it covered.

Where future jobs are concerned, Metro employs a vast array of professions and specialties, including bus and train operators, mechanics and maintenance people, clerks, bus and rail transportation and maintenance supervisors and security guards. Speakers can also address issues such as Measure R, rail construction around Los Angeles, bus lines, urban planning, security aboard buses and rail and even marketing and media relations.

If you have questions or would like to request a speaker for your organization or school, contact us at metrospeaks@metro.net.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez tours Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project

Metro CEO Art Leahy, Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, LeDaya Epps, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and James Martinez at the Crenshaw/Expo Yard. photo Luis Inzunza/Metro.

Metro CEO Art Leahy, Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, LeDaya Epps, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and James Martinez at the Crenshaw/Expo Yard. Photo Luis Inzunza/Metro.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited the Crenshaw/LAX Line project on Monday as part of a nationwide tour leading up to Labor Day on September 1. Perez was welcomed by Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, Metro CEO Art Leahy and two workers from the Walsh/Shea Corridor Construction (WSCC) apprenticeship program, LeDaya Epps and James Martinez Safety Technician.

Also in attendance were: U.S. Representative Maxine Waters; Ron Miller, Executive Secretary, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building Trades Council; Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Project Director UCLA Labor Center/Los Angeles Black Worker Center; Erich Engler, Business Manager WSCC; Ernest Roberts, Executive Director PV Jobs; Jan Perry, General Manager, Economic & Workforce Development Department, city of Los Angeles; Nolan V. Rollins, President & CEO Los Angeles Urban League, and; Charles Beauvoir, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Director.

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Service Alert Update: Green Line resumes normal service

FINAL UPDATE: 11:07 a.m- The Green Line resumes normal service as the earlier loss of power issue has been cleared. Bus shuttles have been cancelled. Expect residual delays through noon. Metro thanks you for your patience and understanding.

UPDATE: 10:06 a.m.- Bus shuttles have been established between Redondo Beach and Mariposa stations. Please allow extra thru travel time.

The Green Line is suspended between Redondo Beach and El Segundo stations due to a loss of power. Crews are troubleshooting the issue but we do not yet have an estimated time for normal service. Bus shuttles have been requested for service between Redondo Beach and Mariposa stations until further notice.

For Green Line alternate service, see here. For up to the minute updates, please follow us on Twitter at @metrolosangeles and @metrolaalerts.