The art of transit: KNX’s take on Jamzilla

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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: Blue Line resumes normal service

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 ‘Jamzilla: you’ve been warned’ video debuts

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….

Reminder: Metro Gold Line will be closed between Sierra Madre Villa Station and Allen Station Jan. 18 – 19

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.

Extended closure at 5th & Colorado in Santa Monica for Expo Line construction

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From the Expo Line Construction Authority:

MAJOR CONSTRUCTION & STREET CLOSURE IN SANTA MONICA

 EXTENDED CLOSURE OF I-10 FREEWAY 5th STREET EXIT

STARTING JANUARY 18, 2014

Santa Monica– Major construction requiring freeway off ramp and street closures for Phase 2 of the Expo Light Rail Line in Santa Monica will begin Saturday, January 18th at 6:00 am and last through Tuesday, January 28th at 11:00 pm.  Crews will work 24-hour shifts during the extended street closure to install track across 5th Street.

Northbound and southbound 5th Street will be temporarily closed at Colorado Avenue.  Westbound Colorado Avenue will be temporarily closed between 5th Street and 4th Street.

As part of this work activity, the 5th Street exit from the westbound I-10 freeway will also be temporarily closed during this time. Motorists are encouraged to use the Cloverfield Boulevard or Lincoln Boulevard exits as alternative routes to Downtown Santa Monica.

Commuters should expect detours in downtown Santa Monica, and will be encouraged to take alternate exits off the westbound I-10 Freeway during this extended closure.  Local and pedestrian access around the closure areas will be maintained at all times. Electronic message boards, directional signage, and flaggers will be used to direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.

For additional information about the Santa Monica street closures and Phase 2 of the Expo Light Rail Line, please contact Gabriela Collins at (213) 243-5535.

For more information about the Expo Light Rail Line, visit www.buildexpo.org

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.