This year’s race ends at the ocean. Photo via L.A. Marathon’s Official Facebook
Just a reminder, L.A. Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 17 and run from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. The event begins at 6:55 a.m. and is expected to end around 5 p.m.
Due to road closures and bus detours, Metro Rail is the best option for those who want to view the marathon. There are nine stations that run along the race course: Chinatown Station, Union Station, Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Civic Center Station, Vermont/Santa Monica Station, Vermont/Sunset Station, Hollywood/Western Station, Hollywood/Vine Station and Hollywood/Highland Station.
Metro will also operate free non-stop shuttle service from Culver City Station to Olympic Boulevard/11th Street in Santa Monica during the marathon as an alternative option for those traveling from downtown to the beach. The shuttles will run every 15 minutes from approximately 5 a.m. until the conclusion of the race. Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus will be operating frequent courtesy shuttles form the Olympic/11th bus hub on Sunday to downtown Santa Monica; map and more info here.
Metro Bus lines that will be affected by the L.A. Marathon include: 2, 4, 10, 14, 16, 20, 26, 28, 30, 33, 40, 45, 48, 55, 60, 68, 70/71, 76, 78/79, 81, 83, 84, 90, 92, 94, 96, 105, 156, 180/181, 200, 201, 204, 206, 207, 210, 212, 217, 222, 445, 485, 487, 534, 550, 704, 720, 733, 745, 754, 757, 780, 794.
The service changes will occur between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.
Check Service Advisories for more details. Regular service on some bus lines will be restored as the race progresses, but full service on all lines is not expected to resume until approximately early evening. Please plan ahead and adjust travel times. Every effort will be made to provide real-time information regarding changes in detours via Metro’s homepage and Twitter. For more information on routes and schedules call 323.GO.METRO or 323.466.3876.