Disclaimer: the above video is a dramatization. Actually calling 511 may result in a different experience.
Southern California 511 – the free traveler information service that provides traffic updates via phone or web – has launched a new feature to keep Southern California drivers up to date during Jamzilla, the 80-hour paving operation scheduled for Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 14-18 in the Sepulveda Pass.
Call 511 on your phone or smart phone during President’s Day Weekend and, after the automated answer, say “Jamzilla” to receive information on the I-405 closure or say “traffic” to receive frequently updated information on traffic on nearby freeways that feed into the Sepulveda Pass area. Updates will include freeway traffic drive times, freeway speeds and SigAlerts. Similar information will appear on the website go511.com, which also includes a real-time traffic map.
P.S. Don’t forget about the Jamzilla live chat scheduled for this Friday! We promise, no roaring over the keyboard.
While trains are currently departing on schedule — as of 11:15 a.m. — the signaling issue cannot be fixed until tonight. In the meantime, please expect possible delays of 15 minutes to 20 minutes throughout the day.
If you were delayed by Blue Line this morning and you need delay verification for your employer or school, please call Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 or fax them at 213.922.6988.
Remember, for up-to-the-minute status updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts or check service alerts on the metro.net home page.
UPDATE: Blue Line delays are now down to 10 minutes. Expo Line service is resuming normal operations with no delays at this time.
The Blue Line will be experiencing delays of up to 20 minutes through the end of service tonight due to signaling issues near Del Amo Station and a Blue Line storage facility.
Delays are attributed to broken signals near the Blue Line train yard, which are causing trains to hold until it is safe to pass through the affected area. The signals cannot be repaired until after close of service tonight, so expect delays through both morning and evening rush hour commutes.
Be advised that Southbound Expo Line service is also affected to due late Blue Line arrivals at 7th/Metro Station.
Consider using alternative routes. Use the Trip Planner to check for other transit options. For up-to-the-minute status updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.
Courtesy of KNX1070
Jamzilla. It’s coming. We’re asking folks to stay away from the 405/Sepulveda Pass area to avoid major traffic delays this Presidents’ Day weekend. We’re asking the news media to help us spread the word. And so far, KNX1070 has done an awesome job.
Keep the above graphic from becoming reality. If you don’t have to travel northbound through West Los Angeles and the Sepulveda Pass during the Presidents’ Day weekend, don’t travel! The power is yours! (Wait, wrong movie…)
Our own humble efforts, thus far:
Final Update 5:51 p.m.: Power has been restored on both tracks of the Metro Blue Line between Artesia and Del Amo stations, and normal service is resuming at this time. Metro thanks those affected for their patience.
Service is currently suspended on the Metro Blue Line between Artesia and Del Amo stations due to loss of power that began around 4:50 p.m. Trains are turning back southbound to downtown Long Beach at Del Amo and northbound to 7th/Metro at Artesia. Bus shuttles have been requested for service between Artesia and Del Amo, and this post will be updated once shuttles have been established.
For immediate alternate service through the affected area, customers may use Long Beach Transit line 51 or 61 to travel between Artesia and Willow Stations. Metro Blue Line fares will be cross honored on LBT lines 51 and 61 at this time.
For up-to-the-minute status updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts. Metro will provide updates on this incident as they become available.
First the news, in case you missed: from late Friday, Feb. 14 through early Tuesday, Feb. 18 the northbound 405 through the Sepulveda Pass will be entirely closed late night and partially closed during the day for repaving. That means traffic — unless people stay away from the 405. More details here.
As for the above video, this is what happens when easy-to-use video editing software falls into the hands of any bloke who has a laptop (bloke meaning me). Enjoy all 14 seconds of it.
Think it’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen on video? Make your own Jamzilla video. If you can keep it G-rated and stay moderately on subject, I’ll feature it here. Who knows, maybe you’ll be discovered, out-of-work screenwriters, directors, actors….
The banner on the side of the Sierra Madre Villa parking garage, which was completely full today.
The view east today from the top of the Gold Line’s Sierra Madre Villa station. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.
The Metro Gold Line will be closed between Sierra Madre Villa Station and Allen Station this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 – 19. Bus shuttles will replace train service between the two stations.
Trains will operate normal service between Atlantic Station and Allen Station on this weekend.
During the closure, crews will be working to tie the existing Gold Line to the Gold Line Foothill Extension. Most of the work involves building and/or reworking the overhead wires and infrastructure that delivers electricity to light rail trains.
All work is subject to weather postponements. Get the latest alerts and news by following Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.