Participate in Metrolink’s online Strategic Plan survey

Metrolink is inviting rail commuters to take part in a web-based survey and provide input on the future of Metrolink and regional rail service.

The survey is short and only takes a few minutes. Your feedback will help as Metrolink works to develop a Strategic Plan that will be implemented over the next ten years. As an added bonus, participants of the survey who provide email contact information will be entered into a drawing for a monthly Metrolink pass!

A Better Blue Line: major track improvement work on Blue Line set to start

A southbound Blue Line train approaching the Vernon station. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

A southbound Blue Line train approaching the Vernon station. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

A few months ago, Metro announced a $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 getting underway. Metro will make every effort to minimize disruptions to service while work is being done, but as you may have noticed, it’s inevitable some service will be affected.

While dealing with any kind of service disruption is a huge pain in the rear, please keep in mind that once the project is finished, the Blue Line will be better than ever. The end goal is more reliable, frequent service.

We will continually 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.

Keep reading after the jump to get an idea of what’s being improved.

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Metro named a winner of the CEAC Veterans Employer of the Year Award

Metro has been named one of nine winners of 2014 CEAC Veterans Employer of the Year Awards for its proactive stance in veteran hiring. 

Since Metro’s Veterans Hiring Initiative started in 2012, Metro has hired 156 veterans and has established a very ambitious goal of veteran new hires of 12% over a 3-year period and for the Bus Operator Bridge Program, a goal of 20%.

Metro will be participating in the following job fair for veterans. If you are a veteran, active duty military member, guard/reserve member or military spouse, drop by our table and say hi! Some of the job fairs are for veterans only, while others are open to the public–please check the linked sites for more info.

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TAP to get a free drink at the KTOWN Night Market this weekend

Get ready for the KTOWN Night Market on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown. Enjoy free live performances at the Kollaboration Stage, join the K-Pop Experience, or mingle at K-Pop Fan Club Meet Up.

The outdoor event will feature more than 100 food and merchandise booths. Drop by the Seoul Sausage Company booth and show your valid TAP card to receive a free soda beverage with your food purchase.

The KTOWN Night Market starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both nights end at midnight and the event is free and open to the public. Get there via the Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie Station or the Red/Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station. Metro Bus 20 also stops right in front of the night market at Wilshire/Alexandria.

To get an idea of what kind of food you can expect, watch the video after the jump. Warning: it contains graphic scenes of delicious food preparation and enjoyment.

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Northbound I-405 closure in West L.A. between National Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard planned nights of April 14 to 19

Closures on the I-405 this week:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from National Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard the nights of April 14 through 19 to facilitate re-striping of northbound I-405 lanes between the I-10 and Wilshire Boulevard. Closure information is as follows:

  • From midnight to 5 a.m., starting at midnight on Monday, April 14 and continuing every night—from midnight to 5 a.m.—until 5 a.m. on Friday, April 18 (Four nights)
  • On Friday night, April 18, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 (One night)

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

Ramp Closures:

Eastbound & Westbound I-10 connectors to Northbound I-405

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

Northbound I-405 on-ramp and off-ramp at Santa Monica Boulevard

Northbound I-405 off-ramp to Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard

Northbound I-405 off-ramp to Westbound Wilshire Boulevard

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 right to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, and turn right to enter the northbound I-405 at the eastbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp.

Northbound I-405 will be accessible at the northbound on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard.

What to expect:

Don Knabe and state leaders launch new anti-child sex trafficking awareness Metro and billboard campaign

Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Don Knabe joined California State Senators Ted Lieu and Bob Huff on Friday to reiterate their collective efforts to crack down on the demand-side of the illicit child sex trafficking industry and announce the launch of a new county-wide Metro and billboard awareness campaign.

You may remember a previous campaign by Metro, also led by Supervisor Knabe, to combat the heinous crime of child sex trafficking. The new campaign began as a public service campaign originating as ProtectOaklandKids, a collaborative effort of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, MISSSEY, Clear Channel Outdoor and the original design team of Suzanne Boutilier, Genice Jacobs and Jed Davis. It will appear at Metro train stations and bus stops, rail cars and buses in English and Spanish. The information will also appear on Metro’s website.

“Metro is proud to support Supervisor Don Knabe in the campaign to fight child sex trafficking, and we encourage our many riders to be vigilant of suspicious activity on our buses, trains and in our stations,” Metro CEO Art Leahy said. “If you ‘See Something, Say Something’ to Sheriff’s deputies or Metro employees–if could save the life of a young victim.”

Thanks to a generous donation by Clear Channel Outdoor, digital displays and traditional billboards will broadcast the message across Los Angeles County.

“This campaign is a critical step in raising awareness of child sex trafficking and changing the public’s mentality that prostitution is a life choice,” Supervisor Knabe said. “No child grows up wanting to be bought and sold for sex in the streets of their community–they are victims–often forced into this life by brutal violence and threats. The true criminals are the scumbags that buy and sell young boys and girls for money and get off with a slap on the wrist.”

The campaign comes on the heels of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voting unanimously to support a state-sponsored “War on Child Sex Trafficking” legislative package that will add sex trafficking to the list of gang activity felonies and allow wiretapping in suspected trafficking cases.

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Southbound I-405 closure in West L.A. between Getty Center Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard planned Nights of April 12, 13

Weekend closures on the I-405:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the southbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from Getty Center Drive to Santa Monica Boulevard to facilitate roadway pouring at the freeway median, installation of an overhead sign and restriping of lanes westerly on Saturday and Sunday nights, April 12 and 13. Closure information is as follows:

  • The night of Saturday, April 12, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday
  • The night of Sunday, April 13, from midnight to 6 a.m. Monday

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

Ramp Closures:

o   Southbound Getty on-ramp

o   Southbound/Eastbound Sunset on-ramp

o   Southbound/Westbound Sunset on-ramp

o   Southbound Sunset off-ramp

o   Southbound Eastbound/Westbound Wilshire off-ramp

o   Southbound Santa Monica off-ramp

Detour:

o   Southbound Getty off-ramp, south on Sepulveda Boulevard, east on Santa Monica Boulevard to Southbound Santa Monica on-ramp.

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Take the Expo Line to L.A. K-Pop Festival on Saturday

Whether you’re planning on attending the Festival of Books (go Metro to save 10% on festival merch!) or the L.A. K-Pop Festival, there’s no question the Expo Line is the way to go.

The free K-Pop Festival takes place on Saturday, April 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and both Expo/Vermont and Expo Park/USC Station will be able to drop you off at the festival’s doorstep. The festival itself–with food trucks, booths, etc.–starts at 10 a.m. and there’s a free concert in the evening. (Though free, tickets are required.) Metro will be running enhanced service on both the Blue and Expo Line to accommodate attendees to both events.

Check out videos below to see a sample of who will be performing. Don’t worry, you don’t have to understand Korean to enjoy the music!

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Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Community Leadership Council holds quarterly meeting tonight

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Community Leadership Council (CLC) is holding their quarterly meeting tonight, April 10, from 6 – 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in the Crystal Room located at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016. CLC quarterly meetings are open to the public.

You can get to the meeting via the Expo Line Expo/Crenshaw Station. For additional routes and connections, please use Trip Planner. Free parking will also be available in the adjacent lots.

CLC Quarterly Meeting Flyer 4.10.14

Northbound I-405 closure in West L.A. between Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard planned night of April 11

A little I-405 news to spice up your Thursday. Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from Santa Monica Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard to facilitate formal walk-throughs of the roadway project area in preparation for upcoming lane re-striping activities on Friday night, April 11. Closure information is as follows:

  • Friday night: 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 12

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

Ramp Closures:

  • Northbound I-405 Olympic Boulevard/Pico Boulevard on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 will be accessible at the northbound on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard

Detours:

  • Detour: Exit the northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard off-ramp, turn right to eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, turn left to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, and turn right onto the northbound I-405 on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard.

What to expect: