A big thank you to everyone who took Metro to Made in America! Thousands traveled via Metro to the two-day festival, and from some of the tweets we received, many took the event as an opportunity to try Metro for the first time. I hope you all enjoyed the journey and ride with Metro again.
In case you missed it: last Friday, August 29, the Miguel Delgado Dance Foundation staged the first-ever Southern California Mexican Folklorico Flash Mob at Los Angeles Union Station. More than 75 Mexican folk dancers from across the city of Los Angeles and Orange County convened in the waiting room and performed Miguel Delgado’s choreography of El Torito Jarocho, a style of dance and music from the south of Mexico.
The event is just one of many heralding the upcoming Latino Heritage Month.
A reminder: Metro will start work on station and rail improvements on four Blue Line stations in Long Beach starting Saturday, September 20. The work will require a 30-day closure of 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.
Some good news: TAP cards can now be used on the Pasadena ARTS bus. This is the twelfth transit agency to join TAP with more on the way soon.
A few details:
- The ARTS bus will continue to accept cash fares.
- Board a Pasadena ARTS bus with TAP Stored Value or an EZ transit pass, which can be purchased at one of nearly 400 TAP sales outlets, at taptogo.net or by calling 866.TAPTOGO.
- Other agencies that accept TAP include: Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Culver City, Foothill, Gardena, Long Beach, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Montebello, Norwalk, Santa Clarita, and Torrance Transit (line 4 only).
- For more information about the ARTS bus, please click here. The bus system map is below.
Hope you’re all enjoying the weekend. A quick reminder: Metro is operating on the Sunday/holiday schedule today. Please refer to individual timetables for exact schedules and days of operation.
Newly opened Alondra Boulevard Bridge.
Metro Board Member and L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe and Metro CEO Art Leahy join other officials in celebrating the opening of the Alondra Boulevard Bridge.
Photos: Mark Arroyo/Metro
Earlier today, Caltrans, Metro and the Federal Highway Administration opened the newly reconstructed Alondra Boulevard Bridge. It is the largest of three bridges rebuilt as part of the $110 million Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project.
The 57-year-old Alondra Bridge was completely demolished in June 2013 and rebuilt within 14 months. The new structure meets modern design standards and has been expanded from four to six lanes. This will increase bridge capacity and improve safety and efficiency, eliminating northbound bottlenecks and improving access to regional transit and HOV facilities. The project is a significant milestone in the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects and will improve connections within Santa Fe Springs and to the cities of Norwalk, Cerritos and La Mirada.
The Santa Ana Freeway/Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project is funded by federal, state and local monies, including $72 million from Prop 1B, $14.5 million from state transportation funds, and $23.7 million from Metro’s Prop C and Measure R.
The press release from Caltrans is after the jump.
Construction continues along Crenshaw Boulevard for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, which means fencing and blocked lanes in order for work to proceed on the underground portion of the rail line. Though the area around the east side of Crenshaw north of Stocker Street may be difficult to navigate, the businesses located there are absolutely open during construction and worth visiting.
Some of the businesses in the area have been around for quite some time and provide important services for those in the neighborhood — and many of the merchants also live in the community. Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting some of the Crenshaw businesses on The Source. The video below features Healthcare Medical S&E, located at 4108 Crenshaw Boulevard.
To access this location, you can park at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. Limited street parking is also available along Stocker Street. Or take transit: Metro Bus 40, 210 and Rapid 710 travel through the area and the stop at the corner of Crenshaw/Stocker.
First Choice Driving & Traffic School
Malai Hair Store
Women, Infants and Children’s Center