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.

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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.

DASH bus services impacted by employee strike

Select DASH bus services will be impacted today and until further notice due to an employee strike.

Here’s the press release from LADOT:

June 27, 2013—The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) announced that bus services for DASH Downtown and 14 of its DASH routes serving neighborhoods in South LA and the Hollywood area will be suspended immediately due to a contractual dispute between the private service provider, Veolia Transportation, and its employees.

Limited service will be available on DASH Downtown Routes D and E and a portion of Route F. DASH Downtown Routes A and B will not operate at this time.

In addition, fourteen other DASH routes will be impacted. Of those routes, DASH Beachwood Canyon, DASH Hollywood/Wilshire and DASH Southeast/Pueblo del Rio will operate a limited schedule.

The remaining impacted routes that are not operating at this time:

DASH Crenshaw
DASH Highland Park/Eagle Rock
DASH Fairfax
DASH King-East
DASH Lincoln Heights/Chinatown
DASH Leimert/Slauson
DASH Hollywood
DASH Los Feliz
DASH Midtown
DASH Wilshire Center/Koreatown
Weekend Observatory Shuttle

For the most up to date information on the work stoppage 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 at (213, 310, 323, or 818) 808-2273.

LADOT solicits competitive bids from private contractors to operate its DASH, Commuter Express and Cityride services. Veolia Transportation is an independent contractor who was selected as the service contractor to operate the LADOT bus routes that have been affected. LADOT is not a party to the contract between Veolia Transportation and its employees and therefore can have no direct involvement in the contractual dispute or resolution of that dispute.

LADOT apologizes for the inconvenience this may cause our loyal riders.We will keep you informed of any developments and will do everything possible to minimize the disruption.

Keep reading after the jump for the statement from Veolia Transportation:

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Bus detours in West Hollywood today

Big news announced this morning from the Supreme Court. A rally has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Metro Bus lines that will be detouring due to the event include: 10, 30/330, 105, and 705. Detours will be in effect from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. or when barricades are present. If you’re traveling through the area today, expect some delays. Check the Service Advisories page for details on detour routes.


Reminder: bus and rail service changes went into effect yesterday

New bus schedules went into effect yesterday on some lines. Please check these timetables to see when your bus is arriving and departing.

Please see this link for more info about route adjustments on the 30/330, 40, 290 and 603.

In addition, the Gold and Expo lines are now running every 10 minutes until midnight instead of every 20 minutes. And the Orange Line is running every 15 minutes until 11 p.m. and then every 20 minutes until close.

Another note on the Gold Line: weekend day-time service will now be every seven to eight minutes instead of every six minutes. The reason: this allows Metro to run longer trains to accommodate the growing number of bicyclists and customers with large items. Metro heard from a number of customers saying the shorter but more frequent trains were becoming a very tight squeeze.

Also, the last southbound Gold Line train  each night will now depart two minutes earlier –at 12:12 a.m. rather than 12:14 a.m. It’s only a two minute difference but it’s a big headache if you do. Customers should check all late night train times as some have been slightly adjusted.

Limited service on Blue Line from Willowbrook to Long Beach Friday, June 21

Willowbrook-LBTM (30 Mins) by sourcemetro

Due to urgent track repair work must be completed on the Metro Blue Line, there will be limited train service between Willowbrook Station and Long Beach Transit Mall this Friday, June 21.

Starting at 9 p.m. until close of service, trains will only run every 30 minutes between Willowbrook Station and Long Beach Transit Mall. Announcements will be made at Blue Line stations, you can also follow real time alerts on Twitter or check Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please plan ahead and expect extended wait times if you need to travel that segment Friday night.

Regular Friday evening service will run between 7th/Metro and Willowbrook.