About Jose Ubaldo

Communications Manager Media Relations Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructor opens Crenshaw/LAX Line airport field office

Metro and the contractor’s new office near the Aiport will oversee construction of the project over the next five years. More than 300 guests from the community visited the office on Saturday during an open house and were welcomed by Metro Project Director Charles Beauvoir and Joe Lee, WSCC Executive Project Director.

The $2.058-billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project is a new 8.5-mile light-rail line that will extend from the Exposition Line at Crenshaw/Exposition to the Metro Green Line at Aviation. It is now under construction and scheduled to open in 2019.

During the open house the public learned about plans for project, including design and engineering, safety preparation, construction status, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) that will be used for the underground sections beneath Crenshaw Boulevard, the construction sequence and outreach for the Project Labor Agreement (PLA).

Attending the event were Metro executives, California Assembly Member Steven Bradford, a representative of L. A. County Supervisor and Metro Board member Mark Ridley-Thomas and members of the Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council.

Metro welcomes small business and prime contractors to great contracting opportunities during construction boom

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More than 600 small business and 25 prime contractors are expected to visit Metro on Tuesday, February 25, to learn about business opportunities and to facilitate one-on-one conversations between small business and decision-makers from the construction industry.

This a great opportunity for small business owners and prime contractors to network, market products and services and build relationships for future opportunities with some of the area’s leading contractors.

The mixer will take place on the third floor at Metro headquarters, One Gateway Plaza, downtown Los Angeles, 90012, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For additional information e-mail us at businessoutreach@metro.net or register online visit metro.net/deod and click on the “Meetings” tab.

And it begins: Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project begins construction

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project this week began construction activities along the 8.5-mile alignment that includes old railroad track demolition, building demolition and tree removal and pruning.

The contractor Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructor (WSCC) began removing old railroad tracks at two locations: Florence Avenue between Crenshaw Boulevard and Manchester Avenue and Aviation Boulevard between Manchester Avenue and Imperial Highway.

The work will be done between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will last for the next four months. No traffic impacts are expected since this will be done in Metro’s right-of-way.

The demolition of buildings at the northeast corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Rodeo Road will have the same work schedule but is expected to be completed in two weeks. At the same location trees will be removed beginning Thursday, Feb. 6. This is expected to take only two days and will have the same work schedule. This location will be used as a construction yard and will ultimately be the location of a future underground station.

In addition, tree pruning will take place at four locations along Crenshaw Boulevard: between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Road, between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street both sides of Crenshaw Boulevard and both sides between 43rd Place and 43rd Street.

The last location will be the center island at Crenshaw and 48th Street.

For more information on construction activities please contact Metro Construction Relations at (213) 922-2736, visit the project webpage crenshawcorridor@metro.net or metro.net/Crenshaw and follow the project at Twitter at twitter.com/crenshawrail or Facebook.com/crenshawrail.

Here are the construction notice on these activities:

Service Delays at Metro Gold Line between Highland Park and South Pasadena

UPDATE:  8:20 p.m. Metro begins single track operations between Highland Park and South Pasadena with an estimate of 20 minutes delays. Metro Bus shuttle service still working at this time.

Metro implemented bus shuttles between Highland Park and South Pasadena stations due to an incident that occurred around 4:10 p.m. this afternoon.

Service delays are around 20 minutes. For more information folllow Metro at metro.net.

Blue, Expo Lines back in regular service this morning

Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.

Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.

Metro Blue and Expo Lines are back in service this morning after repairs were completed to the overhead electric wires during the night.

Both light rail lines were impacted since Sunday around 5 p.m. when the overhead electric wires were damaged at Flower Street and 18th Street in downtown Los Angeles.

The best way to get up-to-the-minute updates is the service alerts tab on the right side of metro.net’s home page or Metro’s Twitter feed.

No Blue Line or Expo Line service Sunday night in downtown Los Angeles due to overhead wire issue

Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.

Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.

Here is the explanation from Metro for tonight’s disruption to Blue Line and Expo Line service in downtown Los Angeles:

At 4:54 pm, the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) on the Blue and Expo lines just south of downtown was damaged. Currently, the lines are hanging low and there is no rail service on the Blue Line from 7th/Metro to Grand and on the Expo Line from 7th/Metro to 23rd Street. It is believed that the pantograph from a passing train damaged the OCS.

Work is ongoing to repair the OCS and it may take until the morning hours of Monday to complete the job.

The best way to get up-to-the-minute updates is the service alerts tab on the right side of metro.net’s home page or Metro’s Twitter feed.

Metro bus service detoured around Crenshaw District to avoid demonstrations

Metro Bus service is being detoured tonight around the Crenshaw District to avoid demonstrations along Crenshaw Boulevard. The protests began as quiet demonstrations against the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict that later erupted into violence. Bus Lines 20, 40, 105, 710 and 740 are affected. However, the buses are continuing service by traveling around the perimeter, including Crenshaw between 60th Street and Jefferson Boulevard and on Martin Luther King Boulevard between Vermont and La Cienega. The Expo Line continues to provide regular service. There have been no reports of damages to Metro buses or injuries to passengers or personnel. For the latest Metro Service Alerts follow us in Twitter @metrolalosangeles.

Metro releases latest Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor map

13-2009_map_Project_CrenshawLAX_May13.inddThe Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project team today released the latest project map of the 8.5-mile rail line, which includes official names of the eight new stations: Expo/Crenshaw, Crenshaw/Martin Luther King, Crenshaw/Vernon (Leimert Park), Crenshaw/Slauson, Florence/West, Florence/La Brea, Florence/Hindry and Aviation/Century.  The Crenshaw/LAX line will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX area. It will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways and provide significant environmental benefits, economic development and employment opportunities. The Crenshaw/LAX project is one of 12 transit projects funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.

The map is available at metro.net.

Metro, Caltrans to Hold Public Meetings on High Desert Corridor (HDC) Project

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Here’s the press release from Metro:

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Caltrans is holding a series of four public meetings to provide information and seek comment on a proposed new transportation corridor linking Palmdale and Victorville.

The project, called High Desert Corridor (HDC), is a 63-mile-long proposal that may include a highway, energy production and/or transmission facilities for green energy, a bikeway and a high speed rail feeder service line connecting State Route 14 in Los AngelesCounty and State Route 18 in San BernardinoCounty.

“The High Desert Corridor project aims to improve mobility and access for people and goods in the rapidly growing Antelope, Victor and Apple Valleys,” said Doug Failing, Metro’s executive director of highway project delivery. “The focus of the meetings is to provide a project update, share highlights of key findings from the Rail Alternative Analysis, review the refined Purpose and Need statement for the project and discuss next steps in the process,” he added.

Schedule of meetings:

Monday, July 15, 2013 6-8 p.m. at the LakeLos AngelesElementary School, 16310 E. Avenue Q, Palmdale, Calif., 93591

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 6-8 p.m. at the Stater Bros. Stadium, Mavericks Conference Room, 12000 Stadium Way, Adelanto, Calif., 92301.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 6-8 p.m. at the EndeavourSchool of Exploration, 12403 Ridgecrest Rd., Victorville, Calif., 92395.

Monday, July 22, 2013 6-8 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Joshua Room, 38350 Sierra Hwy., Palmdale, Calif., 93350.

The meetings on July 17 and July 22 will be webcast live at ustream.tv/channel/metro-high-desert-corridor.

Special accommodations and information in alternative formats are available to the public. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made three working days (72) hours in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Contact the project hotline at 888.252.7433 or call the California Relay Service at 711. Para información en español llame al 888.252.7433.