An overhead wire issue between the Wardlow and Willow stations this afternoon is likely to cause 25 minute delays through the afternoon rush hour. Trains are single-tracking around the area where repairs are underway.
This is a separate issue from the one that caused delays this morning.
Just a reminder: if you were late to work or school because of the power outage on the Blue Line this morning between the Anaheim and Del Amo stations, you can contact Metro customer relations to receive a verification of the delay by calling 213.922.6235 or faxing 213.922.6988.
UPDATE, 10:25 A.M. Repairs are complete and normal service has resumed. If you were delayed by the Blue Line this morning and need verification for work or school, please call Metro Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 / Fax 213.922.6988.
Good morning, Blue Line riders. It looks like some delays will continue through this morning while repairs are made to a damaged pole and overhead wire between the Willow station and the Blue Line maintenance yard.
Trains are running every 10 minutes between 7th/Metro and Willowbrook and every 20 minutes between Willowbrook and Long Beach while single-tracking between Wardlow and Artesia.
Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 19th year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.
The demolition and reconstruction of the northbound entrance to the 405 freeway from westbound Wilshire Boulevard and the northbound exit from the 405 to westbound Wilshire begins tonight. My sympathies to those who will be sitting in excess traffic.
The above is a map showing alternative access to the 405 freeway. There will obviously be traffic issues in the area — there’s no way to close a Wilshire-405 ramp without causing traffic.
Here are a few other resources that may be helpful:
•Carpool and ridesharing info for those who want to help reduce the number of cars in the area — or at least share the misery with someone else.
The demolition of the first two Wilshire-405 ramps begins this weekend. There’s no way of sugar-coating it: there will be significant traffic impacts.
That said, the status quo in the area has been pretty much horrible for as long as I can recall — way too many cars competing for space while trying to enter and exit the freeway. The reconstruction of the ramps should greatly improve the way that traffic flows in the area, but there’s no getting around the pain that ramp reconstruction will inevitably cause.
The above video explains the basics and here is the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements project website page that has more info.
And below is the latest construction notice for the week beginning tonight.
Notice of Night Work Activity – June 21-24
ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE SAN DIEGO FREEWAY (I-405) AND WILSHIRE BL
The contractor will begin demolition and reconstruction of the westbound/northbound Wilshire on and off-ramps starting at 10:00 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2012. The WB Wilshire on-ramp to NB 405 and NB 405 off-ramp to WB Wilshire will remain closed for 90 days, starting at 9pm on Friday, June 22. Restriping and lane reconfiguration will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 10pm to 6am. Demolition activities are scheduled for three nights, June 22-June 24. June 22 and June 23 street closures will be in place from 9pm to 10am; Sunday, June 24 closures will take place from 8pm to 6am.
What: Demolition and reconstruction of the WB/NB Wilshire on and off-ramps When: Reconfiguration starting Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm; Ramps close for 90 days on Friday, June 22 at 9pm Where: WB Wilshire on-ramp to NB 405; NB 405 off-ramp to WB Wilshire What to Expect:
June 21 – Full closure of Sepulveda, from Wilshire to Montana, 10pm to 6am.
Two lanes closed in each direction of EB/WB Wilshire, from Veteran to Federal, 10pm to 6am.
June 22- 23: Full closure of Sepulveda, Wilshire to Montana, 9pm to 10am.
Two lanes closed, EB/WB Wilshire, from Veteran to Federal, 9pm to 10am.
June 24 – Full closure of Sepulveda, Wilshire to Montana, 8pm to 6am. Two lanes closed, EB/WB Wilshire, Veteran to Federal, 8pm to 6am.
There is the possibility — key word ‘possibility’ — that there could be some bus detours in effect after 4 p.m. Monday afternoon in the area around Staples Center and L.A. Live due to Game 6 of the NHL Finals between the Kings and Devils. A big crowd is expected to attend the game and to watch the game at L.A. Live’s many eateries.
The bus lines that could be detoured are: 30, 33, 81, 439, 450, 460, 730, 733 & Silver Line (910); more details are here. Detour will depend on the amount of traffic and people in the area.
METRO GOLD LINE SERVICE ALERT UPDATE:
Repairs to overhead power system completed at Southwest Museum Station, and the bus bridge that shuttled passengers between Heritage Square, Southwest Museum and Highland Park stations has been canceled. Repairs to the overhead power system at the Southwest Museum Gold Line Station got underway after 9 p.m. Friday (June 8) and were completed by 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. Originally, repairs were expected to be completed by the close of service on Sunday night, well in advance of the Monday morning commute. The repairs did not disrupt service between between East Los Angeles and Heritage Square and between Highland Park and Pasadena.
Traction power crew repairs overhead power system at the Metro Gold Line's Southwest Museum Station. Photo by Kelvin Zan.
Buses, not trains, will serve Highland Park, Southwest Museum and Heritage Square stations of the Metro Gold Line this weekend. Just to be sure, plan 20 to 40 minutes extra to get where you're going.
Repairs to the overhead power system at the Southwest Museum Gold Line Station will get underway after 9 p.m. this Friday and are expected to be completed by the close of service on Sunday night, well in advance of the Monday morning commute.
In the meantime, Metro buses will shuttle Gold Line passengers between Highland Park, Southwest Museum and Heritage Square stations during the time it takes to complete the maintenance.
The repair work will make it necessary to shut down the power for all three stations. Without the power system, Gold Line trains will not be able to operate in the affected segment.
Passengers will be asked to exit the train and take a waiting shuttle bus to the next operating station to continue their train trip. It’s a good idea to plan for an additional 20 to 40 minutes to get to where you’re going.
Normal train service will run between East Los Angeles and Heritage Square and between Highland Park and Pasadena.