Repair work to be done on subway tracks at Union Station tonight, trains to run at 20 minute headways

Necessary repair work will be done on the subway tracks at Union Station tonight starting at 9 p.m. The Metro Red Line will be running at 20 minute headways from 9 p.m. to close of service between Union Station and North Hollywood Station.

There will be no Purple Line train service from Union Station to Wilshire/Vermont after 9 p.m. Shuttle train service will be in place from Wilshire/Vermont to Wilshire/Western Station. Those taking the Purple Line can transfer to the shuttles from Wilshire/Vermont Station.

Regular service will resume at start of service Thursday morning.

Street work begins Monday that will impact bus service and crosswalks at Blue Line’s Artesia Station

Beginning Monday, Feb. 4, the roadway buses operate on in the Artesia Blue Line Station will be reconstructed and a water line under the roadway will be replaced. The project will be completed in seven phases, and is expected to take approximately 90 days to complete, weather permitting.

The station will remain open to the public throughout the duration of construction. However, the work will involve moving bus stops at times, as different portions of the roadway will be repaved during the various phases of the project.

In addition, the existing crosswalk between the parking lot and the station/bus stops will be temporarily relocated during construction. Most of the construction work will be done on weekdays, during the daylight hours, with occasional night and weekend work as needed. Phase 5 and 6 of this project will take place on weekends. The work done in each of the construction phases is described below, after the jump.

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Blue Line service delays in Long Beach area

Metro Blue Line is currently experiencing some delays due to a southbound train track incident at Long Beach Transit Mall Station. No injuries or damage have been reported. Trains are delayed up to 30 minutes from Anaheim Station. Bus bridges are being set up at 1st Street, 5th Street, Anaheim,  Pacific and Transit Mall stations.

Up-to-the-minute updates will be available at metro.net and Metro’s Twitter feed.

Red Line experiencing delays due to police activity on tracks

Metro Red Line is currently experiencing delays of up to 20 minutes due to police activity at Hollywood/Western Station. Trains are bypassing station.

Those en route can exit at Hollywood/Vine Station and transfer to Metro Bus 180, 181 or 780 back to Hollywood/Western.

Up-to-the-minute updates will be available at metro.net and Metro’s Twitter feed.

Red Line UPDATE: trespasser removed, tracks being re-energized

UPDATE, 4:53 P.M.: Red Line Update: Trespasser has been removed, tracks are being re-energized. Plz standby for an all clear update.

These service alerts were just issued:

Red Line suspended btwn Vermont/Beverly + Vermont/Santa Monica due to trespasser on tracks. Use Line 204, 754 on Vermont btwn stations.

Expect major thru travel delays. Add’l bus shuttles requested. Expect crowding on buses. Minor Purple Line delays. Follow announcements.

To travel btwn Downtown-Vermont/Santa Monica, consider Lines 4, 704. Downtown-Vermont/Sunset, consider Line 2 on B’way. Allow extra time

Up-to-the-minute updates will be available at metro.net and Metro’s Twitter feed.

Metro bus detours for Kingdom Day Parade on Saturday, Jan 19

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This year’s Kingdom Day Parade will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.The parade will begin at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue and travel west along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Crenshaw, where the parade route will turn south. The route ends at Leimert Park, where the MLK Gospel Festival will be taking place until 7 p.m. Both the parade and Gospel Fest are open to the public.

Metro will be running bus detours in the area from 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. due to the parade on the following lines:  40, 102, 105, 207, 210, 212, 705, 710, 740 & 757.

For details on route detours, check after the jump or visit Metro’s Service Advisories page.

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Blue Line Vernon Station reopens

UPDATE: The station re-opened late Friday evening. 

The Blue Line’s Vernon Station is closed until further notice after a person on the tracks near the station was struck by a train and fatally injured, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

As of now, trains are stopping at all stations EXCEPT Vernon station, which is being served by a bus shuttle from the Washington station.

Service alerts will continue to be posted at metro.net and Metro’s Twitter feed.


Major bus detours Saturday night for New Year’s Race half-marathon in downtown Los Angeles

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Downtown Los Angeles should be quite a scene tomorrow night with the New Year’s Race half-marathon beginning at 9 p.m. As the above map shows, the race goes right through the heart of downtown, which is also the heart of the Metro bus system.

That means that many bus detours will be in effect, beginning Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. It’s a long list. This service alert covers the detours from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday. And this service alert covers the detours that will be in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday into early Sunday morning, thereby impacting some owl service.

If possible, the best way to avoid detours is to use Metro Rail. The race begins at 7th & Grand, just two blocks from the 7th/Metro Center station serving the Red, Purple, Blue and Expo lines. The race finished at 11th & Hope, which is a two block walk to the Blue and Expo line’s Pico Station and not far from 7th/Metro Center.

Rail maps and timetables can be found here.