Crenshaw Boulevard closure between MLK and Stocker May 2 for traffic control change

Here’s the notice from Metro regarding the traffic control change on Crenshaw Boulevard that will be starting May 2. The implementation requires a full street closure of Crenshaw Blvd. between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street starting at 10 p.m. on May 2, lasting through 1 p.m. on May 3. The work is necessary for the construction activities of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

If you have questions or concerns about this closure, upcoming closures or other construction work taking place for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, join us for a live chat with Metro on April 29 from 6 – 7 p.m. You can leave your advance questions at the chat page on Reddit, email CrenshawCorridor@metro.net or call in during the chat at 213.922-4601.

Preview of tomorrow’s Metro Board of Directors meeting; a look at some interesting items

The Metro Board of Directors meets on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Metro headquarters for their regular monthly meeting. The agenda is posted above and below is some of the more interesting items on the docket:

•Item 17,

">a motion by Board Member Paul Krekorian asking Metro staff to report on whether increased revenues may come from digital billboards on Metro properties and more ads on buses and at other facilities.

•Item 41, a motion by Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky asking Metro to continue studies for an express bus line between Westwood and the San Fernando Valley that would use the 405 HOV lanes.

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Northbound 405 closures in the Sepulveda Pass planned for four consecutive nights April 24-28

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in the Sepulveda Pass for four consecutive nights April 24-28.  The closure boundaries and hours change each night. The closures will enable the contractor to install overhead freeway signs.

  • The northbound I-405 will be fully closed from Getty Center Drive to Greenleaf Street on the night of Thursday, April 24, midnight to 5 a.m., Friday, April 25

Closures:

  • Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. Lanes begin closing at 10 p.m. 
  • Northbound Sunset Boulevard to on-ramp  
  • Northbound Moraga on- and off-ramps 
  • Northbound Getty Center Dr on-ramp
  • Northbound Skirball Center Dr on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 to the north US 101 connector

Detour:

From I-405 northbound: Take the northbound Getty Center Drive off-ramp, head north on Sepulveda Boulevard to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf.

  • Northbound I-405 fully closed from Skirball Center Drive to Greenleaf Street on:
    • Night of Friday, April 25, 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday, April 26
    • Night of Saturday, April 26, 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, April 27
    • Night of Sunday, April 27, midnight to 5 a.m., Monday, April 28

Closures:

  • Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. Lanes begin closing at 10 p.m.
  • Northbound Skirball Center Dr on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 to the north US 101 connector

Detour:

From I-405 northbound: Take the northbound Skirball Center Drive off-ramp, head south on Skirball Center Drive, head north on Sepulveda Boulevard to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf.

What to expect:

Transportation headlines, Wednesday, April 23

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Transit-related note: Thanks to Kings fans for riding the Expo and Blue Lines to last night’s game. Lucky bounce, Sharks. Games four and six will be at Staples Center. 

Gold Line being challenged on possible terminus at Ontario Airport (Los Angeles Newspaper Group)

The San Bernardino Association of Governments is opposing a state bill that would give the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority permission to plan and study a third segment of the project between Claremont and Ontario Airport. SANBAG says it wants to first study other options for connecting transit to the airport, which in recent years has a seen a significant decline in air passenger travel. The airport segment lacks funding at this time. The Construction Authority is an independent agency that is building the Gold Line extension to Azusa with Measure R funds; Metro will operate the line when completed.

Pay lanes have better result on 10 freeway than 110 freeway, report says (Los Angeles Newspaper Group)

A look at the Metro staff report issued earlier this week that offered a preliminary analysis of the performance of the ExpressLanes on the 10 and 110 freeways during their one-year pilot period. Excerpt:

For example, on the 11-mile stretch of the 110 Freeway between Adams Street and the 91 Freeway during the morning commute, it took on average 2 minutes longer to travel on the ExpressLanes than when the lanes were regular High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. The evening commute showed no change, the report stated.

On the 14-mile stretch of ExpressLanes installed in February 2013 on the 10 Freeway from the 605 Freeway to Alameda Street in Los Angeles, commuters got where they were going more than 2 minutes faster on average. Even the general-purpose lanes showed a near 2-minute decrease in travel time, compared to before the lanes were implemented.

The analysis, by the Federal Highway Administration, noted that the ExpressLanes have still met many of their goals — for example, ridership on the Silver Line has increased 27 percent and use of the ExpressLanes has increased since they began, resulting in increased revenues.

The Metro Board of Directors on Thursday will consider whether to keep the lanes beyond January 2015.

‘Rail to River’ project envisions greenway along rail tracks (KCET)

A look at the proposal being studied by Metro to use 8.3 miles of the Harbor Subdivision rail right-of-way for a pedestrian and bike path between the Los Angeles River and the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Here’s a recent Source post on Metro’s ongoing study. As noted in the KCET article, one big challenge is that parts of the old rail corridor are narrow and may not be able to accommodate both a future rail or BRT line (although nothing is imminent) and a walking and biking path.

A look at L.A.’s second-year bike lane implementation list (Streetsblog L.A.)

A good look at some of the bike lane projects under consideration by the city of Los Angeles. As Joe Linton notes, some of the current lanes seem more opportunistic than strategic whereas some of the second-year lanes would connect between current bike lanes and help build a true biking network. Looks like several of the projects would intersect or be near future Metro Rail lines, which is important for first- and last-mile connections.

 

Get ready for a jazz flash mob at Union Station on International Jazz Day April 30

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International Jazz Day is next Wednesday, April 30, and we’re celebrating with a flash jazz mob at Union Station!

Evening commuters passing through Union Station West at 5:30 p.m. will be able to catch a brief performance of a popular jazz song by student and professional musicians.

The event is organized by the Jazz Education Network (JEN), Make Music Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch. All three organizations share a common mission of increasing awareness of music performance and education. The flash mob will serve as a precursor to Make Music LA’s annual Day of Making Music on June 21, 2014, and the Jazz Education Network’s annual jazz conference on January 7-11, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

Registration is required for all musician participants.

Northbound 405 freeway closure between I-10 and Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A. planned night of April 23

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 between the I-10 and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles the night of Wednesday, April 23 from midnight to 5 a.m. Thursday, April 24.  The closure will facilitate installation of mainline traffic loops.

Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m. 

Ramp Closures:

Eastbound and westbound I-10 connectors to northbound I-405

Northbound I-405 on-ramp from Olympic Boulevard/Pico Boulevard (on Cotner Avenue)

Detour:

From westbound I-10: exit Bundy North, turn right to northbound Bundy Drive, turn right on eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, and turn left to enter the northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp.

From eastbound I-10: exit at Overland Avenue off-ramp, turn right to northbound Overland, turn left to westbound Pico Boulevard, turn right to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn left to westbound Santa Monica Boulevard, and turn right to enter the northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp. 

What to expect:

  • Work is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
  • Emergency access will be maintained at all times.

For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/405 or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405 and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/405project.

Twitter Tuesday: the good, the bad and the musings

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