Minor delays on subway expected throughout the day until close of service

Due to a damaged track switch just west of Union Station, inbound trains on the Metro Red and Purple Line must proceed at restricted speeds and will be delayed coming into Union Station up to 5 minutes. This is expected to continue throughout the day.

For those who need to transfer to Metrolink this afternoon, it is strongly recommended that you catch an earlier train so as not to miss your Metrolink connection.

Repairs will begin at 9 p.m. this evening. Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes from 9 p.m. to close of service. Purple Line trains will run from Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/Vermont only. Those continuing to Union Station will need to transfer to the Red Line at Wilshire/Vermont.

Expo Line running every 20 minutes tonight between La Cienega and Culver City Station

Heads up, Expo Line riders. Tonight after 9:30 p.m., the Expo Line will be running approximately every 20 minutes between the La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City Station due to rail grinding and urgent track maintenance. Trains will share one track in the area beginning at 9 p.m.

Every other Culver City-bound train will turn back towards Downtown L.A. at La Cienega/Jefferson or Expo/La Brea Station. To continue to Culver City, wait for the next train approximately 10 minutes behind. There will also be a bus shuttle between La Cienega/Jefferson to Culver City Station starting at 9 p.m. to supplement service.

Additional rail grinding work will take place near the Jefferson/Hauser intersection. Once complete, the work should result in a smoother ride for customers and quieter operations for Expo Line neighbors.

No Blue Line service between downtown Long Beach and Anaheim Street

UPDATE: normal service has resumed.

As of Monday at 4:20 p.m, there is no service south of Anaheim Street due to a power outage.

The stations between downtown Long Beach and Anaheim Street will be served by bus shuttles. Please follow announcements.

Please follow Metro’s general Twitter feed or Metro’s service alert Twitter feed for immediate updates.

Service alerts are also posted to Metro’s home page and can be received through Metro’s app for smartphones.

20 minute delays on the Expo Line this weekend

This grinding machine was working on the Eastside extension before the opening.

This grinding machine was working on the Eastside extension before the opening.

Heads up Expo line patrons!  This weekend from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Expo Line will be running approximately every 20 minutes due to rail grinding and urgent track-work.

Here are the detours for the stations between Expo/La Brea and Expo/Western:

-         Saturday, August 10, board on the westbound (to Culver City side) of the platform

-         Sunday, August 11, board on the eastbound (to DTLA Side) of the platform

This will be especially critical at the stations with side/split platforms such as Farmdale, Expo/Crenshaw, and Expo/Western.  As a reminder, always check the destination head-sign of the train before boarding.

To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Metro Trip Planner.

WeHo: new nighttime trolley service starts tonight

The PickUp Line, the new entertainment shuttle of WeHo. Photo: City of West Hollywood.

The PickUp Line, the new entertainment shuttle of WeHo. Photo: City of West Hollywood.

Starting tonight, West Hollywood will run a free nighttime trolley service known as The PickUp Line. On Friday and Saturday nights, this entertainment shuttle will carry passengers safely down Santa Monica Blvd from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. This program will start August 9 and will run until December 28.

The PickUp will make 15-minute runs from Doheny Drive to Fairfax Avenue with a detour to the West Hollywood Public Library parking deck on San Vicente Boulevard.

The vehicles have 20 stops along circular route with 10 east bound stop locations and 10 west bound stop locations, all of which are existing Metro bus stops. Continue reading

Major delays to Red/Purple Line subway service in downtown Los Angeles

FINAL UPDATE, 9 pm: @metrolosangeles: Pershing Sq Update: Both entrances reopened at this time. Red + Purple Lines will run on maintenance schedule thru close tonight.

As of 6 p.m. today, there are major disruptions to Red/Purple Line service in downtown Los Angeles due to a medical emergency that occurred about 3 p.m. at the Pershing Square station.

•Please follow announcements in the stations.

•Trains are running but are currently bypassing Pershing Square.

UPDATE, 4:25 pm: the station has reopened but trains are sharing a single track. The 4th Street entrance is open, the 5th Street entrance closed.

•Purple Line trains are only running between Wilshire/Western and Westlake/MacArthur Park stations due to limited capacity on the tracks at this time.

•For those trying to reach Union Statio, please consider using the city of Los Angeles' DASH bus service in downtown or these alternative Metro buses that run in downtown and stop at Union Station: the Silver Line on Olive Street, 728 on Hill Street, 745 on Broadway and the 733 on Main Street.

•Here's Google Transit to help plan transit trips.


Construction notices for 405 off-ramp closure to Sunset Boulevard and other associated work

UPDATE: The 405 project team says the Sunset Boulevard off-ramp from the 405 will close at 8 p.m., not 7 p.m. as we originally posted. 

A lot happening on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project beginning tonight. It boils down to this:

•A 120-day closure of the Sunset Boulevard off-ramp from the northbound 405 begins tonight (Friday, Aug. 2) at 8 p.m. It is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 1. The ramp is being demolished and rebuilt.

•Sunset Boulevard will be closed from 10 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Saturday between Church and Thurston.

•The on-ramp from Sunset Boulevard to the north 405 will be closed tonight at 8 p.m. and every night from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. between tonight and Aug. 23.

•Sepulveda Boulevard will be closed between Church and Montana tonight and Saturday night from 10 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following mornings. On Sunday night and continuing until Saturday, August 10, the closures will be every night from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning.

After the jump, I’ve posted the four construction alerts with more information on each of the four closures listed above. Detour information is included.

Continue reading

Metro bus service detoured around Crenshaw District to avoid demonstrations

Metro Bus service is being detoured tonight around the Crenshaw District to avoid demonstrations along Crenshaw Boulevard. The protests began as quiet demonstrations against the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict that later erupted into violence. Bus Lines 20, 40, 105, 710 and 740 are affected. However, the buses are continuing service by traveling around the perimeter, including Crenshaw between 60th Street and Jefferson Boulevard and on Martin Luther King Boulevard between Vermont and La Cienega. The Expo Line continues to provide regular service. There have been no reports of damages to Metro buses or injuries to passengers or personnel. For the latest Metro Service Alerts follow us in Twitter @metrolalosangeles.

Update for DASH riders

Due to an employee strike, there is limited service on many of the DASH routes in downtown L.A., South L.A. and Hollywood. Here are the schedules for routes that will be in service:

  • DASH Downtown Route D will operate approximately every 15 minutes during the AM and PM peak hours from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • DASH Downtown Route E will operate approximately every 10-15 minutes
  • DASH Downtown Route F will operate a short run from 7th & Figueroa to 4th & Beaudry approximately every 10 minutes during the AM and PM peak hours from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • DASH Beachwood Canyon will operate approximately every 20 minutes until 6:00 PM
  • DASH Crenshaw will operate approximately every 30 minutes until 6:00 PM
  • DASH Hollywood/Wilshire will operate approximately every 20 minutes until 6:00 PM
  • DASH Lincoln Heights/Chinatown will operate approximately every 30 minutes until 6:00 PM
  • DASH Southeast will operate approximately every 20-25 minutes until 6:00 PM

Check here for the list of DASH routes not operating.

For DASH riders who hold 31-day DASH passes, LADOT will have a 7-day Metro pass automatically loaded onto their TAP cards today for free. The upload will take up to 72 hours to go into effect. Commuter Express riders who hold 31-day passes and ride Commuter Express routes that serve Downtown may come to the LADOT Transit Store to have the 7-day pass loaded onto their TAP cards or they can phone the LADOT Transit Store at (213, 310, 323, 818) 808-2273.

For the most up to date information on the strike and when these DASH routes will be operating again, please check the LADOT transit website at ladottransit.com, follow LADOT on Twitter @ladottransit or call the LADOT Transit Store.   For routes that are operating, riders can get bus arrival times for their specific stops at ladotbus.com.