Coldwater Canyon closure announced; no need to completely freak out — there are transit options

This map shows Metro bus and rail service that runs every 15 minutes or less during the day. Click above to see larger.

This map shows Metro bus and rail service that runs every 15 minutes or less during the day. Click above to see larger.

A news conference was held this morning to announce that the road — used heavily by commuters to travel between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills — will be closed for a month. From the LADWP:

From March 23 to about April 26, crews will close Coldwater Canyon Avenue, from Ventura Boulevard to Mulholland Drive, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. This project is part of a major improvement project to upgrade the city’s water infrastructure. Due to the narrow road conditions of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and the need to use heavy equipment to excavate the road, remove and replace pipe, the thoroughfare must be completely closed to traffic to ensure the safety of the crew and the public.

During overnight hours and on Sundays, one lane in each direction will be open. Details of road closures and alternative routes will be discussed at the press conference.

There are some transit work-arounds for those traveling between the Valley and Beverly Hills, namely using the Red Line to travel between the Valley and Hollywood. During rush hours, trains run every 10 minutes from the Valley headed south to Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. Here’s the timetable.

On the Valley side, the 750 Rapid Bus serves Ventura Boulevard — with stops at Coldwater — and the Universal City Red Line station. The Orange Line busway also stops at Valley College and Laurel Canyon Boulevard (both near Coldwater Canyon) and serves the North Hollywood Red Line station.

On the Los Angeles side, it’s easy to use the subway to access several Rapid Bus lines that travel east-west across the basin:

•The 780 Rapid Bus stop at the Red Line’s Hollywood/Highland station and travels west on Hollywood Boulevard and then south on Fairfax Avenue through Beverly Hills to the Washington/Fairfax Transit Hub in Los Angeles.

•The 704 Rapid Bus stops at the Red Line’s Santa Monica Boulevard station and travels west on Santa Monica Boulevard all the way to downtown Santa Monica.

•The Purple Line subway travels west from a shared station with the Red Line at Wilshire/Vermont. The Purple Line terminates at Western Avenue and Wilshire, a major stop for the 720 Rapid Bus on Wilshire. The 720 travels west to downtown Santa Monica, with stops at major cross streets.

Metro Bus 218 provides a direct route from Beverly Hills to Studio City via Laurel Canyon. (Thanks for the tip, Source reader!)

Here’s another link to see the 15-minute map above.

55-Hour Northbound 405 freeway lane reductions between Montana Avenue and Getty Center Drive off-ramp planned beginning Friday

Beginning Friday night, March 1, 2013, the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project will reduce the northbound I-405 from five lanes to two between Montana Avenue off-ramp and the Getty Center off-ramp in West Los Angeles for 55 hours. The contractor will pave the future High-Occupancy Vehicle lane (HOV) and realign the I-405 in this area. Motorists are advised to anticipate potential delays when traveling through the 2.4-mile lane reduction area and take alternate northbound routes if necessary.

The Southbound I-405 will be open and Northbound Sepulveda will remain fully operational with two lanes throughout the 55-hour lane reduction period.

The three closed freeway lanes and their corresponding on-ramps will be closed for an extended 55-hour duration to enable the contractor to shift k-rail, grind existing pavement, place and compact new pavement and stripe new pavement in the freeway’s center lanes.  These activities will enable the contractor to realign this portion of the I-405 to incorporate a future northbound HOV Lane.  The HOV lane now under construction will ultimately extend 10 miles between the I-10 and U.S. 101 and complete the last remaining gap in the I-405 HOV lane network.

All northbound freeway lanes and ramps will reopen to the public by 5 a.m. on Monday, March 4.  The current weather forecast does not call for rain; however, if that changes, the operation will shift approximately one week. A schedule for lane and ramp closures is as follows:

Lane Reductions:

10pm, Friday, March 1: Lane #1 on NB I-405 will be closed from Montana to Getty

11pm, Friday, March 1: Lane #2 on NB I-405 will be closed from Montana to Getty

12am, Saturday, March 2: Lane #3 on NB I-405 will be closed from Montana to Getty

FULL Northbound I-405 closure: 1am to 6am Saturday, March 2

6am Saturday, March 2 to 2am Sunday, March 3: NB I-405 reduced from 5 lanes to 2 lanes

FULL NB I-405 closure: 2am to 7am, Sunday, March 3

7am Sunday, March 3 to 12am Monday, March 4: NB I-405 reduced from 5 lanes to 2 lanes

Full NB I-405 closure: 12am to 5am Monday, March 4

More information about the closure after the jump!

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Service alert: Metrolink to conduct Antelope Valley Line rail improvements next three Sundays; slight delays for six trains

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

LOS ANGELES - Metrolink will begin implementing safety enhancements at three crossings along the Antelope Valley Line on Sunday, March 3, 10 and 17. The affected crossings are at Osborne Street, Pierce Street and Sunland Boulevard, respectively, in the City of Los Angeles.

Because of the construction, Metrolink will not be able to operate trains between the Sylmar/San Fernando and Sun Valley stations on March 3 and 10. Metrolink will provide buses between the two stations.

On March 17, Metrolink will provide buses between the Sun Valley and Downtown Burbank stations.

Upgrades to the crossings will include installation of automatic pedestrian gates and pedestrian sidewalks, as well as widening of the crossing panels.

Antelope Valley Line passengers should expect 20-minute delays forMetrolink trains 260, 262, 268, 263, 265 and 269.

For additional details on Metrolink, please visit

Southbound 110 ExpressLanes closed tonight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.; three bus lines impacted – Silver Line, 460 and 550

Due to emergency ExpressLanes maintenance, southbound service on Silver Line, 460 and 550 will be affected tonight from as early as 9 pm through approximately 5 am Wednesday morning.  Northbound service is unaffected.

When barricades are present, all southbound express buses will bypass 37th St/USC, Slauson and Manchester stations, then merge back into the HOT lanes and resume regular route at Harbor Fwy Station (Green Line).  Affected passengers should use Line 81 on nearby Figueroa to connect with express buses at either Harbor Fwy Station or at Figueroa/Adams.

Metro ExpressLanes apologizes for any inconvenience.

Bus service detours for Academy Awards, Hollywood/Highland Station closed during The Oscars

Those of you traveling around Hollywood have probably noticed some bus detours by now due to Oscars prep. Here’s a friendly reminder that you won’t be able to spot Robert Downey, Jr. by  popping up from Hollywood/Highland Station on Sunday because it will be closed.

Here’s the release from Metro:

Metro Red Line subway trains will operate on a regular schedule but will pass through the Metro Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station without stopping on Sunday, Feb. 24 from open to close due to the 85th Academy Awards show at the Dolby Theater. There will be no public access to Hollywood/Highland Station. Customers are advised to use the Hollywood/Vine Station as an alternative and transfer to nearby bus service or walk.

All Metro Red Line trains will resume stops at Hollywood/Highland Station with the start of regular service on Monday, Feb. 25.

Street closures start Sunday, Feb. 17 due to staging for The Oscars. Metro Bus lines 212, 217, 222 and 780 will be detoured along Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue through 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, or until barricades are removed.

On the day of The Oscars, Sunday, Feb. 24, Metro Bus lines 156, 212, 217 and 222 also will be detoured along Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard and on Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Sunset Boulevard through 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, or until barricades are removed.

Specific routes of the detours are listed online on the Service Advisory pages of For real-time service alerts, go to home page or follow @metroLAalerts on twitter.

UPDATE: Parking lot at Culver City Station will be repaved starting Monday, Feb 25

 Photo by Jim Sarr, via Instagram

Culver City Station parking lot after rain. Photo by Jim Sarr, via Instagram

Due to forecasts of rain, the paving of the parking lot at Culver City Station has been set back to start next week on Monday, Feb. 25. Curses, fickle L.A. weather!

The east side of the parking lot will be closed from February 25 to March 3 for paving. The west side of the parking lot will be closed from March 4 to 10.

If you need to park and ride, free parking is also available at Expo/Crenshaw Station and La Cienega/Jefferson Station. If the weather is nice, perhaps this could be incentive for you to give biking a try. Bikes are allowed on all Metro buses and trains, and there are bike racks at 10 Expo Line stations.

Metro Rapid 733 might serve as an temporary travel option. For more route options, use the Metro Trip Planner.