Panorama photos of new El Monte Station

An opening date for the newly rebuilt El Monte Station will be announced soon. Until then, here are a pair of nice panorama photo of the new facility:

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Carmageddon's billboard campaign

Photo by Ned Racine/Metro.

Just in case anyone has forgotten.

Oh yeah: you’ll be seeing a lot more of these thanks to a digital billboard campaign by Clear Channel to make sure everyone knows about Carmageddon II. If you missed the announcement last week, the news release is after the jump.

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Pics from the Sunset Boulevard bridge full re-opening

Here is the video and a few pics from this morning, when the newly reconstructed Sunset Boulevard Bridge over the 405 freeway fully reopened:

The view about 8 a.m. this morning looking south with the new, wider bridge in the foreground. Photo by Ned Racine/Metro.

The last of the pylons being picked up on Sunset Boulevard early Monday morning. Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

The first car across the new bridge at 5:33 a.m. Monday. Photo by Ned Racine/Metro.

Metrolink adding service between L.A. and Chatsworth during 405 closure

Here's the news release from Metrolink, the commuter rail agency partially funded by Metro:

Los Angeles – Metrolink is adding seven round-trips on its Ventura County line, between Los Angeles and Chatsworth, to provide Southern Californians with more public transportation options during the second closure of Interstate 405. This service is in addition to regularly-scheduled trains on the Antelope Valley, Orange County, Inland Empire-Orange County and San Bernardino lines. Metrolink's popular $10 Weekend Pass provides riders unlimited system-wide travel privileges from Friday at 7 p.m. until the last train on Sunday night.

Special Ventura County Service will operate Chatsworth to Los Angeles Union Station, with stops in between at Glendale, Downtown Burbank, Burbank – Bob Hope Airport, Van Nuys and Northridge.

During the first closure of the 405, Metrolink experienced record weekend ridership and weekend pass sales. This year, there are even more reasons to ride Metrolink. Metrolink and Los Angeles World Airports have a partnership that allows Metrolink Monthly Passholders with a boarding pass to ride the Flyaway for free on the day of their flight. Additionally, Metrolink recently launched a retention program in line with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro) “Eat, Shop, and Play Locally” theme that allows partnering businesses to offer discounts to Metrolink riders. This allows Metrolink to support local businesses, while rewarding the loyalty of valued customers. Please visit for a list of participating businesses.

Riders can also connect to Metro buses and light rail at no additional charge to access destinations along their extensive network. To view all of Metro's special destination discounts for the Carmageddon Weekend and other event information available, please visit

Metrolink's Carmageddon weekend schedule can be found below or online at


Metro, Kiewit complete major reconstruction work on Sunset bridge, reopen all lanes to Westside motorists

This is a nice kickoff to Carmageddon week. Here’s the news release from Metro:

Los Angeles, Calif. – Marking the first bridge delivery milestone for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and its contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, have officially completed major reconstruction work on the Sunset Bridge over the I-405 in West Los Angeles, and today reinstated all traffic lanes to motorists.

The new Sunset Bridge is higher, longer and significantly wider at 120 feet — approximately 30 feet wider than before.  It features two additional traffic lanes and higher capacity on- and off-ramps to improve area traffic flows and reduce congestion on local streets.  Motorists will now enjoy dedicated turn lanes to access freeway ramps, and motorists traveling east/west through the bridge will be able to do so more quickly.

“The completion of the Sunset Bridge brings us one step closer to a faster, more efficient transportation network on the West Side of Los Angeles,” said L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “The Sunset Bridge is a crucial connection to the 405 Freeway and these improvements will provide much-needed relief to the residents who travel in the area.”

A gateway to UCLA to the east and Brentwood and Santa Monica to the west, the Sunset Bridge typically accommodates between 18,000 and 22,000 motorists on an average weekday.  It is a critical, freeway-accessible segment of Sunset, a major east/west arterial for the Westside.  The reopening is anticipated to bring much-needed relief to local residents and commuters who have endured approximately two years of construction-related traffic impacts.

“The completion of major bridge work at Sunset will provide immediate relief to the many thousands of drivers who use Sunset Boulevard to traverse West Los Angeles every day,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member. “While this construction process has not been easy on anyone, the benefits are certainly worth it for anyone trying to negotiate the Sunset/405 interchange.  I’m confident these capacity improvements will better prepare the Westside for the traffic demands of tomorrow.”

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New and improved Sunset Boulevard Bridge over 405 fully reopens Monday morning!

After two-plus years of work, reconstruction of the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 freeway has been completed and all traffic lanes will reopen on Monday morning.

The new bridge is 30 feet wider with two new lanes and improved on- and off-ramps. The work is part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project that is adding a northbound HOV lane to the 405 freeway over the pass.

We'll have photos and the official news release from Metro in the morning. Here's a story that ran in the L.A. Times today.

What are you doing during Carmageddon II?

Carmageddon 2011. Photo by Paul Lovine via Flickr

Tell Zev what you’re doing for Carmageddon II during his live internet chat tomorrow at noon … right here at Or send in your great ideas and questions in advance to

L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky will be here to talk to you about the 405 Sepulveda Pass closure next weekend, Sept. 29-30, and about plans for the future of the Sepulveda Pass corridor. 

Ask him about the chronic Sunset Bridge traffic backups. Ask him about the Wilshire ramps project. Ask him what he’s doing during Carmageddon. Ask him live during the internet chat from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Or send in a question NOW to