Long-term full closure of Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia begins this weekend for Gold Line Foothill Extension work

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Here is the construction and traffic notice from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the 11.5-mile addition to the Gold Line between Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border:

Long-Term Full Closure of Myrtle Ave at Railroad Crossing in Monrovia Begins Monday, Jan. 20; Prep Work on Saturday & Sunday Nights, Jan. 18-19

WHO:  Residents / Commuters in the City of Monrovia.

WHAT:  Crews will be constructing grade crossing improvements on Myrtle Ave at the railroad crossing (just north of Duarte Rd) in the City of Monrovia, as part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. This grade crossing work requires a full closure of Myrtle Ave at the railroad crossing for four months.

To prepare the street for the long-term closure, the intersection of Myrtle Ave and Duarte Rd will be closed nightly on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. On Monday morning, Duarte Rd will re-open to thru-traffic; while Myrtle Ave will remain closed for four months at the railroad crossing (just north of Duarte Rd).

WHEN:

-        Saturday, January 18, 2014 to Sunday, January 19, 2014, nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.: Intersection of Myrtle Ave and Duarte Rd will be closed to thru-traffic.

-        Monday, January 20, 2014 through May 2014: Duarte Rd will re-open to thru-traffic; while Myrtle Ave will remain closed to thru-traffic at the railroading crossing (just north of Duarte Rd).

·         Standard construction work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Occasional longer hours, work on Sundays and/or night work may be performed.

WHERE: Myrtle Ave at the railroading crossing (just north of Duarte Rd) in the City of Monrovia.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

-        During the closure of the street, detour routes will be in place and signage will be posted to direct motorists and truck drivers.

-        Pedestrian access through the closure will be provided on one side of the street. Detour signs will be posted to direct pedestrians and bicyclists during the closure, and a crossing guard will be available for assistance during school hours.

-        Motorists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes when possible.

-        Bus stops in this vicinity may be temporarily relocated. For information about:

-        All businesses in the area will remain open and accessible during the closure.

Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons, including, but not limited to, weather conditions and unforeseen delays.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

-  Visit www.foothillextension.org

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About the Construction Authority: The Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the California State Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from Union Station to Montclair, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. The Construction Authority built the initial segment from Union Station to Pasadena and is underway on the Gold Line Foothill Extension. The Foothill Extension is a $1.7 billion extension that will connect Pasadena to Montclair in two construction segments – Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair. The 11.5-mile Pasadena to Azusa segment is fully funded by Measure R and will be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will determine when the line will open for passenger service. Three design-build contracts, totaling more than $550 million, are being overseen by the Construction Authority to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment. The Azusa to Montclair segment is environmentally cleared and is proceeding to advanced conceptual engineering in 2014.

Man stabbed on Red Line on Monday morning

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m. Monday: Metro is very saddened to learn that the victim succumbed to his injuries and died on Monday night, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

At approximately 9:20 a.m. Monday morning, two males became involved in an altercation on a downtown-bound train. During the altercation, one of the males used a knife to assault the other male.

The incident was discovered as the train stopped at the Vermont/Santa Monica station and both the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were immediately notified. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital. As of 5 p.m., the victim was in critical condition, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Train service to the station was suspended to accommodate the police investigation, which remains underway. The perpetrator also remains at large. The station reopened at 11:13 a.m. and regular Red Line service resumed.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

UPDATE: Here is Monday afternoon’s article on the stabbing published in the Los Angeles Times.


Final Update: Expo Line resumes normal service

Final Update 4:04 p.m.: The Metro Expo Line is resuming normal service after Culver City Station was temporarily closed due to police activity. Bus Shuttles have been cancelled at this time and trains resume service to/from Culver City Station.

Metro thanks those affected for their patience.

Service to the Metro Expo Line’s Culver City Station was suspended at approximately 2:35 p.m. this afternoon due to police activity. The station continues to remain closed to customers, and trains are turning back towards Los Angeles at La Cienega/Jefferson Station. Metro expects this disruption to last through evening rush hour and will provide updates on this incident as they become available.

In the meantime, bus shuttles have been established to replace service between La Cienega/Jefferson Station and Culver City Station. Customers may also take Metro Bus 217 from La Cienega/Jefferson and transfer at Venice Boulevard to Metro Bus 33 or Rapid 733 for service to Culver City Station. Line 733 is available for travel between Downtown L.A. and Culver City.

For more on alternate transit options when Metro Rail service is disrupted, click here.

Follow Metro on Twitter via @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts for up-to-date information.


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.

Reminder: free rides on New Year’s Eve and all-night service in effect!

Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

As you plan your holiday, here’s what Metro is up to so you can factor us into your celebrations. In keeping with tradition, Metro will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve, with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and providing safe transportation for those staying out extra late.

No fare will be charged on Metro Rail and Bus lines from 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, until 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. Please note: free fares will only apply until 2 a.m. Those boarding buses and trains after 2 a.m. will need to TAP to ride. Fare is $1.50 per direction per line or $5.00 for a Day Pass.

As for bus and train schedules:

On Dec. 31: Metro buses and trains will follow their regular weekday schedules.

On New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31-Jan. 1): Metro will provide all-night service on the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green, Gold, Orange and Silver Lines in addition to bus lines which normally operate late-night owl service. Trains will run at 20-minute intervals from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.

On New Year’s Day: Metro buses and trains will follow Sunday/Holiday schedules.

The only exception is the Metro Gold Line, which will run longer trains at more frequent intervals between Union Station and Pasadena for those going to the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl game (Here is more information on getting to the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game and to see the floats after the parade).

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Additionally, numerous Metro bus lines along the Rose Parade route will be detoured or split into two segments at Colorado Boulevard until streets are reopened.

Please refer to individual timetables for the exact hours of holiday service on our various bus lines, and note that some bus lines do not run at all during Sundays/Holidays. Also note that from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 thru 3 a.m. Jan. 1, the Downtown Long Beach Station will be closed due to a New Year’s Eve celebration on Pine Avenue.

As a result, Blue Line will operate modified service during this time: trains will run every 20 minutes between 7th Street/Metro Center and 1st Street Station, while a shuttle train will run evekry 20 minutes between Anaheim Street Station and Pacific Avenue Station. Please see this service advisory for more info.

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Long Beach Transit Mall will be closed from 7pm Dec 31st thru 3am Jan 1st due to a special event.  As a result, Blue Line will operate modified service during this time. – See more at: http://www.metro.net/service/advisories/update/special/26/#sthash.zRYmJmih.dpuf
Long Beach Transit Mall will be closed from 7pm Dec 31st thru 3am Jan 1st due to a special event.  As a result, Blue Line will operate modified service during this time. – See more at: http://www.metro.net/service/advisories/update/special/26/#sthash.zRYmJmih.dpuf

Metro thanks our customers for their patronage and patience this year, and hopes our service helps make your holiday a little brighter.

Why Gold Line service in Pasadena was disrupted this morning

Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The above object — a lock shaped like a hand grenade — was spotted on the Gold Line tracks just west of the Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena about 10:20 a.m. The Gold Line between Sierra Madre Villa and Allen stations was subsequently shut down so the device could be investigated and removed by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Arsons/Explosives Unit.

Regular service on the Gold Line has resumed.

Which brings us to the PSA part of this post: If you see something, say something. The Sheriff’s Department can be reached in an emergency by phoning 888.950.SAFE (7233); if you use the Metro system, please put this number in your cell phone’s contact list.

The LASD also has a smartphone app that can be used to report problems in non-emergencies.

 


Final Update: Green Line resumes normal service

FINAL UPDATE: Green Line trains are resuming regular evening intervals at this time. Metro again thanks Green Line riders for their patience this evening, and wishes all our customers a Happy Holiday

UPDATE: Power has been restored to Aviation/LAX Station, and the station’s TAP vending machines and elevator are now fully operational. Signals have been restored to most of the affected Green Line track, however issues persist in a small segment near Aviation/LAX. Trains are running with up to ten minute delays at this time.

UPDATE: A local utility provider has indicated the signal issues causing up to 20 minute delays on the Metro Green Line this evening may have been caused by a downed wire on Aviation Boulevard North of Imperial Highway. On-scene personnel are working to install a back-up generator to restore power to affected track/stations.

Trains on the Metro Green Line are currently moving at restricted speeds between Aviation/LAX and Crenshaw/I-105 Stations due to signal issues.

Customers riding the Metro Green Line should expect service delays of up to 20 minutes. Some trains may turn back before completion of their regular route in order to reduce rail congestion through the affected area. Those planning to travel to LAX should consider taking the Flyaway bus from Patsaouras Transit Plaza as an alternate to Green Line service at this time.

The signal issues have additionally caused loss of power at Aviation/LAX Station. Consequently, the station’s TAP vending machines and elevator are temporarily out of service. Customer’s departing from Aviation/LAX should load their fare and TAP at their destination station. For alternate elevator service, use Hawthorne/Lennox Station and back ride via Line 120.

Metro thanks customers for their patience as we work to resolve the signal issues as soon as possible.

For up-to-the-minute status updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts