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.

Full freeway closures for Skirball Bridge in the Sepulveda Pass June 18-21

Here’s the skinny on what’s going on this week on the I-405:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements project contractor is scheduled to implement full directional freeway closures on the nights of Tuesday, June 18, through Friday, June 21, 2013 to install girders for the Skirball Bridge in the Sepulveda Pass.

Closure Location Anticipated night 
Southbound 405 from 101 Freeway to Getty ramps (lane closures start at 10 p.m.) June 18 – 19
Northbound 405 from the Getty ramps to Ventura Boulevard (lane closures start at 10 p.m.) June 20 – 21
Skirball Bridge Closure (from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.) June 18 – 21

Each night, ramps within the freeway closure limits will begin to close as early as 7 p.m. and freeway lanes will begin to close as early as 10 p.m., leading up to the full directional freeway closure between the hours of 12 a.m., midnight, to 5 a.m. For Friday night, the full closure will occur from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open during the nights of the full directional freeway closure
  • Emergency vehicle access will be maintained. Pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area outside of the construction zone.
  • Detour maps are available at www.metro.net/405
  • Schedule and details are subject to change. 

For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/405 or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405  and Facebook at www.facebook.com/405project

Detours on I-10 ExpressLanes due to overturned big rig

Overturned big rig blocking ExpressLanes on I-10. Photo: Metro

Overturned big rig blocking ExpressLanes on I-10. Photo: Metro

The I-10 ExpressLanes near the I-5 interchange has been blocked by an overturned big rig. The California Highway Patrol expects to clear this incident and resume normal operations around 4:30 p.m.

The Silver Line, 485 and 487/489 are currently detouring via a combination of local streets and I-10 general purpose lanes. Customers at LAC+USC Med Center or Cal State LA should board detoured buses on the upper street level. Metro supervisors have been dispatched to these stations to assist patrons. Silver Line customers along the I-110 ExpressLanes portion may experience residual delays as a result of the incident.

Customers are encouraged to consider using alternate service: Bus Line 70, 71 serve LAC+USC Med Center, Line 71 and Metrolink San Bernardino Line serve CSULA.

Those wishing to use the I-10 ExpressLanes this afternoon can enter at the I-710 interchange. However, the ExpressLanes entrance at Alameda is closed until the incident is cleared.

Bus service changes begin June 23

Here is the news release from Metro:

Effective Sunday, June 23, Metro will make a series of minor changes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of bus service including more midday service on the popular Metro Orange Line and better connectivity to Olive View Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley.

Metro will provide additional midday service on the Metro Orange Line improving the frequency of buses from every 10 minutes to every 8 minutes on weekdays. Additional service also will be added to improve late night service.

Olive View Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley will get better connectivity by renumbering existing Line 290 to Line 90 so passengers will now be able to board Line 90 buses with continuous service to and from the medical facility.

The City of Los Angeles is launching the Bringing Back Broadway project which will reduce traffic by one lane in the southbound direction on Broadway in Downtown LA for sidewalk improvements between 1st and 11th streets. To reduce bus congestion and ensure bus schedules are maintained, Metro will move the southbound buses on Lines 30/330 and 40 from Broadway to Spring St. Lines 45 and 745 will remain on Broadway in both directions. Once the streetscape plan is complete on Broadway, all northbound lines will have major stop changes.

Below is a list of planned service changes and route modifications to start on June 23, 2013. For complete details, look for revised timetables on metro.net or on buses during June.

Line 40 Downtown LA – South Bay Galleria via MLK Bl – Hawthorne Bl

Minor route and stop changes due to upcoming implementation of the Broadway Streetscape Plan. Southbound buses are routed via Spring St from 1st St to 11th St, then over to Broadway and regular route.

Line 30/330 Pico/Rimpau-Downtown LA-Indiana Station via Pico Bl & East 1st St

Minor route and stop changes due to upcoming implementation of the Broadway Streetscape Plan. Southbound buses are routed via Spring St from 1st St to Pico Bl, then regular route.

Line 290 Olive View Medical Center – Sunland via Foothill Bl

Line 290 is renumbered Line 90. Passengers may now board a Line 90 bus with continuous service to and from Olive View Medical Center. A minor route improvement near Olive View Medical Center also allows southbound buses to serve the new Olive View Community Mental Health Center.

Line 603 Glendale Galleria-Grand Station via Hoover St, Rampart Bl & San Fernando Rd

Minor southbound reroute to Alvarado St from Westlake Av between 6th and 7th Sts.  Passengers may board Line 603 on Alvarado St at Wilshire Bl.

Metro Orange Line – Chatsworth Station – North Hollywood Station

Weekday midday service will be improved from every 10 to 8 minutes.  Also late night service will have minor improvements.