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.

Work on junction of Blue and Expo lines completed; regular service restored

Photos by Stephen Tu/Metro.

Photos by Stephen Tu/Metro.

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Work was completed Sunday on rebuilding a key part of the junction of the Blue and Expo lines at Washington and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. Regular service on both lines between downtown L.A. and Long Beach and Culver City, respectively, has resumed.

In the bottom photo, a worker on Sunday afternoon performs ultrasonic testing of welding to ensure there are no imperfections in the rails. Test trains rolled across the junction Sunday afternoon and evening with good results.

Thank you for your patience this weekend with the bus shuttles between 7th/Metro and Grand (Blue Line) and 23rd Street (Expo Line). For more about the work that wasperformed, here’s a Source post from Friday.


Work crews to perform track work at rail junction at Washington/Flower in downtown L.A. this weekend


Work crews on Friday night are set to begin making repairs to the rail junction at Washington and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. The work will require all trains to be replaced with shuttle buses for Expo Line and Blue Line riders traveling between 7th/Metro Center, Pico, 23rd Street and Grand Stations over the entire weekend (the service alert is posted after the jump). Normal train service on both lines in this area is scheduled to resume at the opening of service on Monday morning, Feb. 18.

Exposition Construction Authority crews will be adjusting the track gauge to improve the movement of Blue Line trains turning from Flower to Washington. When completed, the work is expected to correct excessive wear on some train parts and improve the overall maintainability of the track components at this location.

Up to this point, the condition has required frequent monitoring and inspections until a permanent solution could be designed and implemented. At no time has safety been compromised. Likewise, after the work this weekend, monitoring will continue and trains will continue to travel through the junction at  reduced speeds until Metro, the California Public Utilities Commission and the Expo Line Construction Authority are certain the track adjustments have corrected the problem.

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Green Line delays

UPDATE: Regular service has resumed.

The service alert from Metro from earlier this hour:

@metrolosangeles: Green Line up to 20 min delays due to police activity at Willowbrook. Trains share Norwalk bound track in area. Follow announcements. ^ST


Blue Line and Expo Line service to be impacted Feb. 15-17 due to track work; bus shuttle to replace trains between 7th/Metro and Grand (Blue) and 23rd (Expo)

Due to railway track work in Downtown Los Angeles, Metro Blue Line and Expo Line train service will be impacted the weekend of February 15-17, 2013.

Track repair work will begin Friday night, Feb. 15 at 8:30 p.m. and last until close of business Sunday, Feb. 17.  Metro Blue and Expo Lines will cease to operate at the following locations only:

Metro Blue Line:  No train service between 7th/Metro Center and Grand Station.

Metro Expo Line: No train service between 7th/Metro Center and 23rd Street Station.

Patrons will be provided with replacement shuttle bus service during this time.  Shuttle buses will travel to and from all impacted stations: 7th/Metro Center, Pico, Grand and 23rd Street Stations.

Metro will provide signage directing transit riders to nearby on-street shuttle bus locations.  Metro personnel will also be available at stations to assist patrons.  Service alert information is now on display on station electronic message boards.

Metro apologizes for any inconvenience this service impact has to its transit customers.

Delays on Blue Line expected throughout this evening

Expect 20 to 30 minute delays along the Metro Blue Line this evening, particularly between Washington and Firestone stations. The delay is due to power outages caused by probable lightning strike to Southern California Edison equipment earlier today, which has knocked out the train signals.

Blue Line commuters have the option of riding the Silver Line at $1.50. The highway surcharge will be eliminated from the Silver Line for the evening commute.

For the most up-to-date info, check Metro’s homepage or follow @metroLAalerts on Twitter.

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.