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.
This is it — the last work before Carmageddon next weekend. Traffic is being shifted over to the rebuilt south side of the Mulholland Drive Bridge over the 405 freeway in order to prepare for the demolition of the north side next weekend.
Here’s the construction notice:
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UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: the station is now reopen.
Due to police activity at this time, the Red Line subway's Hollywood/Highland station is closed and trains are bypassing the station. Please use the Hollywood/Vine station as an alternative and follow announcements.
Updates are also available on Metro's Twitter feed.
Here's the news release from Metro:
Los Angeles, Calif. – The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and its contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, plan to open two key ramps — the Westbound Wilshire on-ramp to the Northbound I-405 and the Northbound I-405 off-ramp to Westbound Wilshire — on Friday, August 31 to L.A. motorists, approximately three weeks earlier than scheduled and just in time for Labor Day weekend.
The ramp closures, popularly known as “Ramp Jam” or “Rampture,” were originally scheduled for 90-day closures that officially began on June 22. They were originally scheduled to reopen September 22.
Kiewit benefited from built-in contract incentives to complete work early in efforts by Metro to reduce the duration of traffic impacts resulting from major construction activities. Work crews worked day and night to demolish and rebuild the ramps. Additionally, the project team scheduled the work after UCLA’s quarter ended in June, resulting in lighter local traffic conditions that allowed construction crews to take all needed lane closures and accelerate their work.
Photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro.
UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.: The Blue Line is resuming normal service between Washington-7th/Metro.
A Blue Line train collided with a Metro bus Line 51 in downtown Los Angeles at approx. 6:56 a.m. The train was heading southbound when it hit the southbound bus at Washington and San Pedro on the south side of downtown. Bus and train were both full.
Bus bridges are in place to shuttle Blue Line passengers between 7th/Metro and Washington. The Expo Line has resumed service with residual delays at all stations.
Here is the most recent update from the Los Angeles Fire Department website:
Train vs. Vehicle 8/26/2012
*UPDATE: 1900 S San Pedro St* Most injuries appear minor; Some taken by
ambulance to area hosp; Updated patient count pending – Brian
The L.A. Times is reporting that about 48 people received mostly minor injuries in the incident. The Fire Department says that the injured were “most if not all from the bus.”
UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.: The LAFD just posted this to their Twitter feed:
*UPDATE: 1900 S San Pedro St* Final patient count = 32 total; All in good-to-fair condition (31 minor injury; 1 ill); NFD -Brian Humphrey###
The cause of the accident is under investigation, according to Metro. The agency also said that one rail car and the bus suffered major damage.
The 51 Metro local bus runs between Wilshire Center and the Artesia Transit Center, including a long stretch on San Pedro Street. The Blue Line runs down the middle of Washington between Flower Street and Long Beach Avenue.
If you were delayed because of the accident this morning and need verification for your employer or school please call Metro Customer Relations at 213-922-6235 or fax them at 213-922-6988.
Countdown clock widgets for Carmageddon II on the weekend of Sept. 29-30 are now available in a variety of sizes. Please see this page on metro.net to get the code — the widgets are very easy to install on websites.
Special Event Detour
Affected Line: Metro Local Line 002 002
Effective Dates: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 — Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012
In effect: 2:30 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2012 Until 7:00 a.m. Sunday, August 19, 2012 Or when barricades are present
Location: Sunset Blvd. between San Vicente Blvd. & Doheny Dr.
Reason: Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival
Eastbound: Regular route to Sunset Blvd. and Sierra Dr., then continue via Sunset Blvd. to (R) Doheny Dr., (L) Santa Monica Blvd., (L) San Vicente Blvd., (R) Sunset Blvd. and regular route.
Westbound: Regular route to Sunset Blvd. and La Cienega Blvd., then continue via Sunset Blvd. to (L) San Vicente Blvd., (R) Santa Monica Blvd., (R) Doheny Dr., (L) Sunset Blvd. and regular route.
The idea is to better connect the Expo Line to both downtown Santa Monica and Westwood and UCLA. Here’s the news from the Big Blue Bus website:
Big News: Fall Service Begins August 26 & 27
Read all about new Rapid 12 and Rapid 20, and changes to Routes 2, 5, 11 and Rapid 10:
New! Starting August 27, use Rapid 20 to ride non-stop between downtown Santa Monica and the Expo Culver City station via the 10 Freeway for only $1 (regular cash fare; $0.50 for S/D/M)! Hop on at one of the three Rapid 20 stops:
Broadway at 6th St.
4th at Santa Monica Place
Robertson between Washington and Venice (just around the corner from the entrance to the Expo Culver City station)
New! Starting August 27, Super 12 becomes Rapid 12 for an even faster ride between Westwood/UCLA and the Expo Culver City station! Some stops are being eliminated (but will still be served by Local 12) and the Culver City stop is being relocated to northbound Robertson between Venice and Washington.
Route 5: Starting August 26, trips to Century City/Expo Culver City will be permanently rerouted in downtown Santa Monica due to Expo rail construction. Please board at either the stop on Arizona at 5th St. or at the stop on Colorado at 7th St. Route 5 will no longer stop on: 4th St. at Broadway, Wilshire or Santa Monica Blvd. or on Colorado at 4th St.
Maps and schedules are coming soon. Have questions in the meantime? Call customer service at (310) 451-5444 or send us an email.