Bus detour notice for March 30 – 31

Due to street closures for filming, Metro will be detouring the following bus lines this weekend.

Line(s):        20, 30, 14/37, 51, 60, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 96, 487, 760, 770 & Metro Silver Line

In effect:      Saturday, March 30, 2013 & Sunday, March 31, 2013
                      6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Each Day

More details on detour routes after the jump. Passenger stops will be made at all intersections where it is safe to do so on detour routes.

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Reminder: I-10 ExpressLanes and El Monte Busway closure tonight through 5 p.m. Saturday

The El Monte Busway and I-10 ExpressLanes will be closed this weekend (March 22 and 23) between Alameda Street and the I-710 Freeway from 10 p.m. Friday to approximately 5 p.m. Saturday. The closure is necessary to complete Caltrans road work, which was planned for last week but postponed due to the Los Angeles Marathon.

The closure will impact the Metro Silver Line, Lines 485 and 487. Buses that usually use the Busway will be detoured into the general purpose freeway lanes on the I-10 Freeway. ExpressLanes will also not be available in the closure segment. The service advisory can be found here.

Metro will run a Silver Line Shuttle Special during the closure between El Monte Bus Station and Flower and 7th/Metro Center. The shuttle will travel surface streets to serve local station stops at Cal State LA and LAC/USC Medical Center and Busway/Alameda Station. Shuttles will run approximately every 60 minutes. Local Lines 70 and 71 can also be used to reach Cal State LA and LAC/USC Medical Center.

Regularly scheduled Silver Line service from El Monte and Artesia Transit Center will have no change in posted departure times.


Construction notice: full northbound 405 closure from Getty Center Drive to 101 on Saturday night

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Here’s the construction notice; please note that it’s an overnight closure only with the planned full closure lasting from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. That said, lanes will begin closing earlier meaning there could be backups Saturday night — please plan accordingly.

 

Service alert: night-time tunnel cleaning this week in downtown Los Angeles subway stations after 8:30 p.m.

Photos by Metro.

Photos by Metro.

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Customers may be curious about the reduced late night service through this Thursday on the subway in downtown Los Angeles. The above photos explain the reason: trains are single-tracking to accommodate some much needed tunnel cleaning that is taking place to ensure Metro has a clean, safe and reliable rail system. Thank you for your patience and Metro apologizes for any inconvenience.

Here’s the full service alert:

Red & Purple Line: Sun, Mar 17-21: due to maintenance after 8:30pm, Red Line will run every 20 min (10 min delay) and Purple Line will only run between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/Vermont.

Red Line Boarding Change: Red Line will single track at Civic Ctr, Pershing Sq and 7th/Metro.

Purple Line Service Change: Purple Line will ONLY run between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/Vermont. For travel to/from Downtown stations, transfer with Red Line at Wilshire/Vermont. Follow announcements at Wilshire/Vermont for proper boarding location.

Train Length Change: Due to reduced service, Red Line will run with 6-car full platform trains.

Why is service being changed? Facilities Maintenance will perform tunnel washing to ensure clean, safe and reliable Metro Rail service.

Metro bus detours and travel options for L.A. Marathon

This year's race ends at the ocean. Photo via L.A. Marathon's Official Facebook

This year’s race ends at the ocean. Photo via L.A. Marathon’s Official Facebook

Just a reminder, L.A. Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 17 and run from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. The event begins at 6:55 a.m. and is expected to end around 5 p.m.

Due to road closures and bus detours, Metro Rail is the best option for those who want to view the marathon. There are nine stations that run along the race course: Chinatown Station, Union Station, Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Civic Center Station, Vermont/Santa Monica Station, Vermont/Sunset Station, Hollywood/Western Station, Hollywood/Vine Station and Hollywood/Highland Station.

Metro will also operate free non-stop shuttle service from Culver City Station to Olympic Boulevard/11th Street in Santa Monica during the marathon as an alternative option for those traveling from downtown to the beach. The shuttles will run every 15 minutes from approximately 5 a.m. until the conclusion of the race. Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus will be operating frequent courtesy shuttles form the Olympic/11th bus hub on Sunday to downtown Santa Monica; map and more info here.

Metro Bus lines that will be affected by the L.A. Marathon include: 2, 4, 10, 14, 16, 20, 26, 28, 30, 33, 40, 45, 48, 55, 60, 68, 70/71, 76, 78/79, 81, 83, 84, 90, 92, 94, 96, 105, 156, 180/181, 200, 201, 204, 206, 207, 210, 212, 217, 222, 445, 485, 487, 534, 550, 704, 720, 733, 745, 754, 757, 780, 794.

The service changes will occur between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.

Check Service Advisories for more details. Regular service on some bus lines will be restored as the race progresses, but full service on all lines is not expected to resume until approximately early evening. Please plan ahead and adjust travel times. Every effort will be made to provide real-time information regarding changes in detours via Metro’s homepage and Twitter. For more information on routes and schedules call 323.GO.METRO or 323.466.3876.

El Monte Busway closure Friday evening and most of Saturday due to Caltrans road work

UPDATE: The El Monte Busway will remain open on Sunday due to the Los Angeles Marathon.

The El Monte Busway and I-10 ExpressLanes between Alameda Street and the I-710 Freeway will be closed this weekend due to Caltrans road work. This will impact the Metro Silver Line, Lines 485 and 487. Closure times are as follows:

  • 10 p.m. Friday, March 15 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16
  •  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 17

Buses that usually use the Busway will be detoured into the general purpose freeway lanes on the I-710 Freeway. ExpressLanes will also not be available in the closure segment.

Metro will run a Silver Line Shuttle Special during the closure between El Monte Bus Station and Flower and 7th/Metro Center. The shuttle will travel surface streets to serve local station stops at Cal State LA and LAC/USC Medical Center. Shuttles will run approximately every 60 minutes.

Regularly scheduled Silver Line service from El Monte and Artesia Transit Center will have no change in posted departure times.

Normal service resumes for Red and Purple Lines

Power has been restored and the Metro Red and Purple lines are now resuming normal service. A loss of power at the Pershing Square Station required that trains single track between Westlake/MacArthur Park Station and Union Station. The issue has been resolved.


Service Alert: Metro Line 2/302 detour effective March 13

Line 2/302 will be rerouting down Temescal Canyon Rd. and PCH and only serve eastbound stops on Sunset Blvd. in this segment starting March 13.

Line 2/302 will be rerouting down Temescal Canyon Rd. and PCH and only serve eastbound stops on Sunset Blvd. in this segment starting March 13.

Due to circumstances beyond Metro’s control, buses can no longer use the Sunset Boulevard/Marquez Avenue turnaround. This means Metro buses will no longer be able to serve stops in the westbound direction of Sunset Boulevard between Temescal Canyon Road and Marquez Avenue beginning Wednesday, March 13.

Westbound buses on Sunset Boulevard will be routed onto Temescal Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway before turning back onto Sunset Boulevard to an existing bus stop and layover zone. Customers wishing to access stops on Sunset Boulevard between PCH and Temescal Canyon Road will need to continue riding east from the PCH. There will be no additional charge if a bus transfer is required.

Signs are being posted informing customers of the change, which will begin Wednesday morning. Metro apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

UPDATE: Normal service resumes on Blue/Expo lines

Workers repairing damaged power line.

Workers repairing damaged power line.

As of 2 p.m. repairs to the overhead wire have been completed and tested. Normal service resuming at this time. 

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE BLUE LINE THIS MORNING?
At 8:15 a.m. a southbound Blue Line train experienced an overhead wire entanglement near San Pedro Station. The live wire landed partially on the San Pedro platform and required immediate de-energizing, station evacuation and bypassing of train service, using the 7th/Metro bound track. Safety for passengers was the first priority.

AND THE EXPO LINE?
Due to complexities with the traction power system, power was removed as far back as the Washington/Flower Junction, disrupting Expo Line service.  During this time, buses were requested to shuttle Expo customers between 23rd Street, Pico, and 7th/Metro.  After isolating the de-energized segment and re-configuring power, limited Expo Line service to/from 7th/Metro was restored on a single track at 9:10 a.m.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT DELAYS?
Normal service resuming on Expo/Blue lines. For most up to date information, get alerts on Twitter and follow station announcements.

WHY DOES IT TAKE A LONG TIME FOR BUS SHUTTLES TO ARRIVE?
When bus shuttles are requested during rail disruptions, they must be pulled off of existing lines in service. This requires buses to divert from their normal location to the incident location. During rush hour, there are very limited resources available on standby at the bus divisions. Additionally, it can take up to 9 buses just to accommodate 1 Blue Line train.  This means buses fill up as quickly as we can get them out there. This morning, we requested 20 buses to assist affected customers.

WHY DOES THE EXPO LINE GET DELAYED WHEN INCIDENTS HAPPEN ON THE BLUE LINE?
Both lines are run as a shared operation using the same equipment.  A Blue Line train ending at 7th/Metro often departs as a Culver City bound Expo Line train and vice versa.  This means when there are delays to the Blue Line, it can disrupt train sequencing for the Expo Line. Also, as mentioned above, complexities with the traction power system resulted in a de-energized segment of the Expo Line between 23rd Street and Pico. After power reconfiguration, we were able to restore power to one track to allow Expo Line trains to service 7th/Metro. The closer an incident occurs to the shared Blue/Expo Line segment, the greater likelihood of both lines being affected.

I WAS LATE TO WORK OR SCHOOL.  DO YOU OFFER A DELAY VERIFICATION THAT I CAN SUBMIT TO MY SCHOOL OR EMPLOYER?
Yes, please contact Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 or Fax 213.922.6988.