UPDATE: Metro officials said Friday that the service changes were suspended because a few of the changes needed to be analyzed to determine their impacts on low-income people and minorities. This is required under federal Civil Rights guidelines. Due to staffing and equipment issues, Metro decided Friday that it would be best to implement all of the service changes at once and, therefore, decided to delay them until the analysis of some of the changes was completed.
Here is the news release:
Various bus service changes scheduled to go into place on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 have been suspended. All service changes and modification to Metro bus service announced in a Metro news release issued yesterday (Dec. 8, 2011), have been suspended until further notice.
Metro staff apologizes for any inconvenience and confusion cause by the suspension of the proposed changes. Staff over the next several months will conduct further analysis on the proposed changes to determine if and when the service modifications will be implemented.
For complete route and schedule information visit metro.net.
UPDATE, 4:42 P.M.: power has been restored and regular service is resuming with minor delays and crowds through 5:30 p.m.
This just in from the Metro Alerts Twitter feed:
“@metrolaalerts: Red & Purple Line MAJOR DELAYS due to loss of pwr. No service btwn 7th/Metro & Wil/Vermont. Use Rapid 720 Bus on Wilshire to/fr Downtown ^ST”
“@metrolaalerts: Subway service at this time as follows: Union Sta<>7th/Metro. NoHo<>Vermont/Beverly. Wil/Western<>Wil/Normandie. Expect major delays. ^ST”
“@metrolaalerts: Bus shuttles requested but will take time. Plz be patient. Use 720 on Wilshire. In Downtown, board 720 on 5th/Broadway (PershingSq). ^ST”
UPDATE, FRIDAY: THE SERVICE CHANGES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED. PLEASE SEE TODAY’S POST.
Effective Sunday, Dec. 11, Metro will make various route adjustments to selected bus lines to improve connections to existing bus lines and with the future Metro Expo Line.
Metro will expand service on Line 30 by extending selected trips to West Hollywood along San Vicente Boulevard between Pico/Rimpau Transit Center and West Hollywood. Metro also will extend selected weekday trips on Line 68 from East L.A. College to the Metro Gold Line Indiana Station along Atlantic Boulevard and 1st Street.
Metro Rapid Line 730 (Downtown LA-Pico/Rimpau via Pico Bl) will be discontinued with service being replaced by both Line 30 and 330 along Pico Boulevard providing more access and stops for patrons along this corridor.
Metro will expand service on Line 217 by extending select trips to Culver City Transit Center (Fox Hills) along La Cienega Boulevard. This new route extension will operate every weekday, providing new midday service for customers between Culver City Transit Center, La Cienega/Jefferson Expo Station, and the Washington/Fairfax Transit Hub.
Here’s the news release:
Metro will expand the operation of test trains along the Metro Expo Line corridor beginning Sunday, Dec. 4, running trains on a schedule of every 12 minutes during the day to simulate regular mid-day service on the line once the system opens in early 2012.
The additional train testing is needed along the entire line in an effort to test the operation of the trains and all train and signal systems for the Metro Expo Line. No date has been set for the opening of the line. Metro will select an opening date for the public once all systems and trains are thoroughly tested and operated.
Due to the increase frequency of trains traveling along the entire Metro Expo Line corridor, Metro is reminding the public to be alert and stay updated on rail safety tips.
Heads up, revelers! ‘Tis the weekend for holiday parades. That’s good news for celebrations but not great for related traffic, which of course includes Metro buses detouring around the parades.
If your Friday to Monday travel takes you near any of the following areas you might want to allow a little extra transit time or call 323-GOMETRO to make sure your bus stop is in the same spot as usual. Or just hop off the bus and enjoy the parade.
La Puente Holiday Parade today, Friday, Dec. 2 detour 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Affected line: 190 (Rte 194)
Location: Main St. between Old Valley Blvd. & 2nd St.
Eastbound: Regular route to Stafford St. and Old Valley Blvd., then continue via Old Valley Blvd. to Stimson Ave. and regular route. Westbound: Regular route to Old Valley Blvd. and Stimson Ave., then continue via Old Valley Blvd to (L) Stafford St. and regular route.
Power outages impacting several traffic signal systems at grade crossings of the Metro Gold Line in the San Gabriel Valley area are causing delays in train service of up to 15 to 20 minutes.
As a safety measure, Metro Gold Line trains will stop before proceeding at the rail crossings. Metro Rail personnel are on scene to monitor the crossings and direct traffic.
Customers are reminded to allow extra travel time on all light rail lines and buses today. The widespread power outages in San Gabriel Valley communities continue to cause bus delays.
For updates and immediate system status, follow @metroLAalerts on Twitter. Service alerts are also updated on the Metro.net homepage and the mobile version of Metro.net.
A toppled tree claimed two trucks in Pasadena. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.
The Santa Ana winds that began last evening and continue today — at this moment they’re blowing strong in Pasadena — may impact Metro Rail and bus service throughout the day.
At this time there are five to 10 minute delays on the Gold Line. And please allow for extra time on all rail lines and bus routes that could be impacted by downed trees and other debris.
The best way to get the latest updates is to subscribe to Metro’s Twitter feed. Service alerts are also updated on the Metro.net homepage and the mobile version of Metro.net.
Here is the construction notice from the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project team:
Click above for a larger version of the notice.
All Metro operated buses and Metro Rail trains that include the Metro Red, Purple, Blue, Green and Gold Lines trains will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day.
For route and schedule information go to metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876). Regular service will be operating on Friday.
Here’s the notice — the closure planned for tonight has been postponed.
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