The Gold Line is back in regular service this morning after a long police investigation of a shooting near Maravilla Station in East Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
The office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has announced a new Link shuttle bus service from the Metro Expo La Cienega Station to Baldwin Hills Scenic Overview and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area will start Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
The new Baldwin Hills Parklands Shuttle will run only on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every 20 minutes. This weekend the service will be free, after that the fare will be 25 cents. Continue reading
Passengers on the Metro Green Line this morning are experiencing delays of up to 7 minutes from Marine Station to Douglas Station due to power problems. Metro expects to have full service on the alignment restored before 11 a.m. For now, passengers from Marine Station traveling eastbound will board a shuttle train to Douglas Station and from there transfer to another train to complete their trip. For service alerts visit Metro.net and follow us on Twitter @metroLAalerts
City of Lights, a program of the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), is hosting a fund-raising dinner tonight. It’s open to the public and tickets will be available at the door. (Details below.) But even if you’re not in the mood for a nice night out there’s something to be admired in the simplicity of this program, which was launched in 2009 and has now reached about 600 people in need, many of them Latino.
The original thought was that many bike riders in L.A. County use their bicycles not for getting in shape but because they can’t afford cars. Those are riders who probably can’t afford the equipment useful for staying safe on the crazy streets of our city. These same bike riders could probably use a lesson on how to stay safe on the road, as well as what their rights are as bicyclists. Maybe they don’t even know they have rights.
City of Lights started by giving away bike safety helmets and lights. It now has branched out to teaching bike safety classes for free to anyone interested. At the end of the lesson they usually pass out helmets and lights to participants. Metro kicks in bike maps, circle lights and tire patching kits.
The classes are offered about once a month in various venues around town. It’s so low key there’s no schedule posted on the LACBC website, but one of the folks in charge has volunteered to take calls from anyone interested. And yes, the classes are offered in Spanish.
So if you want to learn more about bike safety contact Andy at 323-317-7847. But don’t go if you can afford your own light. Go if you need assistance.
And if you’re interested in the dinner here are the details: 2nd Annual City of Lights Award Dinner; La Fonda Super Club, 2501 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. VIP Reception; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dinner; 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Music & Dancing.
It seems like just yesterday but a full year has passed and today, Nov. 15, is the first anniversary of the Metro Gold Line/Linea de Oro del Metro, as Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina requested it be named in Spanish.
In just 365 days, the entire light-rail line from Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena to Atlantic in East Los Angeles has grown from an estimated 22,000 weekday boardings to more than 35,000. Nothing spectacular … but right at the projected ridership for the first year.
As the sleek rail cars cruise over the 101 Freeway, the downtown skyscrapers appear. And then you reach the first station at Little Tokyo/Arts District. The landscape of Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles have definitively changed along the six-mile length of the rail system and its eight new stations.
“Now it’s so pretty, so clean and it makes me feel proud,” said Mercedes Velado, as she sits enjoying the morning sunshine on Mariachi Plaza. “One year? So soon? I remember when the construction was taking place. Now everything is much better.”
For Columba Gazca, owner of La Placita del D.F., the coming of Metro Rail has been a blessing. “Yes, I believe there are more people coming to my restaurant. Even so, the economic downturn has hurt everybody. Some businesses feel it differently but the economic effect is there.”