If you live in the area in Santa Monica, please read this closely — this is a weeklong closure. Yes, it may be a pain in the rear quarters for some folks, but it’s also a sign that construction of the second phase of the Expo Line between Culver City and Santa Monica continues at a brisk pace.
As part of the service changes taking effect on Sunday, December 15, two new stops on the 704 Rapid Line on Santa Monica Boulevard. Here is the news release:
Bus riders in West Hollywood get a holiday present as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) adds Metro Rapid service to two bus stops on Santa Monica Boulevard near Plummer Park.
Beginning Sunday, December 15, 2013, Metro Rapid line 704 will stop on westbound Santa Monica Boulevard at North Gardner Street and eastbound Santa Monica at Fuller Avenue. Prior to the change only the Metro 4 line serviced the stops. The Metro 4 line is local service that picks up and drops off at every bus stop, while the 704 Rapid service makes stops about every 3/4 of a mile.
In a recent analysis of service and ridership Metro staff recommended Rapid stops closer to Plummer Park. Currently, the distance from Plummer Park to the nearest Rapid stop is about a half-mile, which is considered too far to walk for many senior citizens who use the park and rely on Metro.
Line 4 local service has an average of 22,663 daily boardings on the route that begins in Downtown Los Angeles and ends in West Los Angeles. The Metro 704 Rapid service has an average of 11,307 daily boardings. Before the change, the nearest Rapid stops were at Santa Monica and Fairfax and Santa Monica and La Brea.
Metro Rapid service is successfully reducing travel times in some of Los Angeles County’s busiest transit corridors. Buses arrive every 3-10 minutes during peak commute times, carry a bus signal priority system that reduces traffic delays at intersections by extending green lights and the distinctive red and silver color scheme makes it easy to identify Metro Rapid stops and buses.
Here is the news release from Metro:
Starting December 15, Metro is making minor changes to improve rail and bus connections, on-time performance and reduce over-crowding on the bus system. For complete details, look for revised timetables on metro.net or on buses during December.
The changes are as follows:
60 Downtown LA – Artesia Station via Long Beach Bl Provide additional early morning short line eastbound service on 7th St between Hope and Alameda Sts in Downtown LA to ease overcrowding. 83 Downtown LA – Eagle Rock via York Bl – Pasadena Av Minor route change in Highland Park on Avenue 61 between Monte Vista and Figueroa Sts to bypass an un-signalized left turn on Piedmont Av to improve safety. 94 Downtown L A – Sun Valley via San Fernando Rd Route modification in the Burbank area between Lincoln Av and Burbank Bl due to anticipated Caltrans construction. New northbound and southbound routes will use Empire Av, Victory Pl and Burbank Bl. Local stops will be established along Empire Av, Victory Pl and Burbank Bl. 102 LAX City Bus Center – South Gate via La Tijera Bl – Exposition Bl Modify peak morning and afternoon frequency to coordinate with train arrivals at Metro Expo Line Western Station. 117 LAX City Bus Center – Downey via Century Bl & Imperial Hwy Modify schedule to coordinate with Line 120 service extension to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey. Buses will operate into the parking lot from 7:30am to 6:30pm. 120 Aviation/LAX Station – Whittwood Mall via Imperial Hwy Extend service weekdays only to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center parking lot in Downey from 7:30am to 6:30pm to improve access and reduce overcrowding on Line 117. 154 Tarzana – Burbank Station via Burbank Bl – Oxnard St Minor route modification in Encino to better serve the Encino Park and Ride and enhance connection with LADOT’s Commuter Express Line 423. Service will be re-routed via Hayvenhurst Av, Magnolia Bl and Balboa Bl. New stops will be established at Hayvenhurst Av and Magnolia Bl. 161 Thousand Oaks Transit Center – Warner Center via Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas Extend Saturday service to Thousand Oaks Transit Center to connect with new Saturday service now provided by Thousand Oaks Transit. 167 Chatsworth Station — Studio City via Plummer St, Coldwater Cyn Av Extend late night short line trips to connect with Metro Orange Line Valley College Station. 212 Hollywood/Vine Station — Hawthorne/Lennox Station via La Brea Av Modify southbound shortline route to connect with Line 115 on Manchester Bl in the City of Inglewood. 217 Hollywood/Vine Station — Howard Hughes Ctr via Hollywood Bl — Fairfax Av – La Cienega Bl Establish regular detour route from Hollywood Bl/Highland Av via Highland Av, Sunset Bl to Fairfax Av on frequent days when Hollywood Bl is closed for special events. 256 Altadena – Commerce via Hill Av – Avenue 64 – Eastern Av Minor route change in Highland Park on Avenue 61 between Monte Vista and Figueroa Sts to bypass an un-signalized left turn on Piedmont Av to improve safety. 577 El Monte Station – Long Beach VA Medical Center via I-605 Fwy Provide service to Rio Hondo College in Whittier on a six-month demonstration basis to relieve overcrowding on Line 270. 794 Downtown LA – Sylmar Station via San Fernando Rd Route modification in the Burbank area between Lincoln Av and Burbank Bl due to anticipated Caltrans construction. New northbound and southbound routes will use Empire Av, Victory Pl and Burbank Bl. New Rapid stops will be established at Victory Pl and Empire Av. Silver Line Harbor Gateway Transit Center – Downtown LA – El Monte Station Modify southbound route to run via Flower St between 11th St and Metro Expo Line 23rd Street Station in Downtown LA. New southbound stops will be established on Flower St. Northbound route will continue on Figueroa St. Metro will also improve peak period weekday service and will provide additional service on Sundays.
In addition, stop adjustments will be made on Lines 2/302, 4, 30/330, 35, 38, 40, 45, 68 and 84 Owl Lines and Rapid 745 along Broadway in Downtown LA between 1st and 11th streets as part of the Broadway Streetcape Beautification Project. Changes are expected to take effect mid-January. Timetables issued December 15 will reflect the new bus stop locations.
For more changes to lines not listed above, please check for revised timetables at metro.net or on buses.
Here are a trio of photos taken this morning of the work underway to repair the overhead wires on the Blue Line in Long Beach. The pantograph on a rail car damaged the wires about 5:20 a.m.
Blue Line service has been suspended between downtown Long Beach and Willow station while repairs are being made. Metro is operating shuttle bus service between downtown Long Beach and Willow station and Long Beach Transit Bus 51 is also available.
The repairs are expected to be complete in mid-afternoon.
There is regular Blue Line service between Willow Station and 7th/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles.
Just a friendly reminder that all Metro Bus and Rail will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule on Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day. Please be aware that some bus lines will not be in service due to Sunday schedule operations. More info is available here.
Metro will operate regular weekday service on Friday. For route and schedule information visit metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.
Also, a reminder that there will be bus detours in Hollywood on Sunday, Dec. 1 due to the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Please check the Service Advisories page for detour lines and details. Those who are attending the parade are encouraged to take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland or Hollywood/Vine – both stations will put you right along the parade route!
Trains are resuming regular service on the Metro Red Line in the Hollywood area. The Hollywood/Vine Station is open for service. Expect some residual delays for the next hour or so from this morning’s incident. For real-time updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.
Service was disrupted this morning due to a trespasser being struck by a train near Hollywood/Vine Station. The incident is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
If you were delayed on the Red Line this morning – or by the presidential motorcade, which affected Westside bus service including Metro Bus 4/704, 20/720 – and need delay verification for employer/school, call Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 / Fax 213.922.6988.
FINAL UPDATE: 11:17 a.m.: Bus shuttles have been cancelled; Red Line resuming normal operations with residual delays occurring through the next hour.
UPDATE- 10:12 a.m.: Hollywood/Vine Station has reopened. Red Line will incur up to 20 min delays and trains will continue sharing 1 track in Hollywood. Bus shuttles will still be in effect to supplement service.
UPDATE- 9:43 a.m.:
Due to Hollywood/Vine station closure, bus shuttles have been requested and will connect with Hollywood/Highland and Hollywood/Western stations. This is in addition to existing bus service (Lines 180, 181, 212, 217 and 780) on Hollywood Blvd that also serve these stations. UPDATE- 9:26 a.m.: Hollywood/Vine station is now closed while police complete their investigation. Trains will bypass the station. To access the Red Line, Use Lines 180, 181 or 780 to Hollywood/Western or 212, 217 or 780 to Hollywood/Highland.
Red Line service has been disrupted due to a
police investigation at Hollywood/Vine. At this time, trains are
running with 20 minute delays and trains are sharing the North
Hollywood-bound track at Hollywood/Highland. The delays are
expected to continue through this morning’s rush hour period.
Downtown-bound San Fernando Valley commuters should consider using
Metrolink or LADOT Commuter Express services this morning as
alternate travel options. For real-time updates, follow Metro on
Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.