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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez tours Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project

Metro CEO Art Leahy, Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, LeDaya Epps, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and James Martinez at the Crenshaw/Expo Yard. photo Luis Inzunza/Metro.

Metro CEO Art Leahy, Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, LeDaya Epps, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and James Martinez at the Crenshaw/Expo Yard. Photo Luis Inzunza/Metro.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez yesterday visited the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project as part of a nationwide tour leading up to Labor Day, 2014. Perez was welcomed by Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, Metro CEO Art Leahy and two workers from the Walsh/Shea Corridor Construction (WSCC) apprenticeship program LeDaya Epps and James Martinez Safety Technician.

Also in attendance were U.S. Representative Maxine Waters; Ron Miller, Executive Secretary, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building Trades Council; Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Project Director UCLA Labor Center/Los Angeles Black Worker Center; Erich Engler, Business Manager WSCC; Ernest Roberts, Executive Director PV Jobs; Jan Perry, General Manager, Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles; Nolan V. Rollins, President & CEO Los Angeles Urban League and Charles Beauvoir, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Director.

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Century Boulevard Bridge to be demolished July 25-28, 2014


Here’s a traffic and construction alert that is still a little down the road. But it’s important, especially for those trying to reach LAX: the old rail bridge over Century Boulevard has to be demolished to make way for the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s Aviation/Century station.

The demolition will close Century Boulevard at the intersection of Aviation Boulevard from Friday night, July 25, through Monday morning, July 28.

A detour map and alternative routes will be posted as they become available. We wanted to provide ample warning for those who already know they need to travel to or from the LAX terminals that weekend.

The company in charge of the demolition project will be Penhall, the same company that demolished the Mulholland Bridge during the Carmaggedon closures on the 405 freeway in 2011 and 2012.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project is a light-rail line that will run between the Expo and Green Lines. The $2.058-billion Measure R transit project will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX area with eight new stations, a maintenance facility and park and ride lots.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project visit metro.net/crenshaw or by email to crenshawcorridor@metro.net, by phone at (213) 922.2736 or follow the project at facebook.com/crenshawrail or twitter.com/crenshawrail.

Metro to participate at Construction Careers Awareness Day at L.A. Trade Tech this Thursday

Approximately 3,000 high school and college students are expected to participate on at the Los Angeles Trade Tech Construction & Associated Careers Awareness Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday (May 15).

Los Angeles Trade Technical College is located at 400 W. Washington Boulevard across the street from the Metro Blue Line Grand Station.

Metro is a partner and sponsor of the event to promote careers in the construction industry for those with high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in transportation projects as part of the agency’s Project Labor Agreement and Construction Career Policy.

Students will benefit from construction industry workshops, exposure to industry professionals, educational resources, job training/apprenticeship information, hands on activities, career planning and information on summer internships and jobs.

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Metro currently has three rail projects under construction: the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the second phase of the Expo Line and the Gold Line Foothill Extension. Work on two more rail projects, the Regional Connector and Purple Line, is expected to begin later this year. All are funded in part by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008. In addition, Metro has begun receiving the first of 550 new state-of-the-art buses and is spending $1.2 billion to overhaul the Metro Blue Line, including the purchase of new light rail vehicles.


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

MTP Flyer 2014

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.