Public transit options help offset 60 Freeway closure

Customers can find a convenient bus or rail route to a destination at the TripPlanner on www.metro.net. Also, this is a good time to check out your rideshare options. Find a friend or neighbor to share the ride or make an instant connection at metro.net. (See “Commuting” in the “Getting Around” tab)

Metro buses continue to serve the area impacted by the 60 Freeway closure. Metro Bus Line 84 (Rte 68) to Eagle Rock, Line 176 (Rte 287) to Highland Park serving the Montebello Town Center along Cesar E Chavez Ave. continue via a slight detour around the Paramount Bridge.

Additionally, the Silver Line runs along the I-10 to Downtown from the El Monte Busway. Lines 487 and 489 travel from the El Monte Busway to the Sierra Madre Villa Station of the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena and continue on city streets to downtown Los Angeles.

Customers can also board the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension at Atlantic Station. Gold Line trains run every 6 minutes during rush hours. Entrance to the station and a free parking structure is adjacent to the 60 Freeway at the Atlantic exit.

Commuters should also consider taking the Metrolink Riverside lines and San Bernardino line. The San Bernardino Line has more frequent service (every 20 minutes during rush hours) and largely parallels the I-10 Fwy.

The news release issued by Metrolink is after the jump:

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Red and Purple Line service suspended at Union Station

UPDATE, 8 P.M.: All trains are now running.

Some key updates from Metrolink:

Any @MetrolinkRIV passengers that missed RIV Line Train 412 please go to Patsaouras Transit Plaza Platform 2 for MTA bus to RIV tonight.

Any @MetrolinkOC passengers that missed the OC Line Train 608 please take Amtrak 592 at 8:30pm they are making all @Metrolink stops tonight.

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As many of you know by now, Red and Purple Line service was suspended earlier this evening into and out of Union Station due to a suspicious package found aboard a train.

The best way to get the latest news on your cell phones is to follow Metro’s Twitter feed.

Buses are shuttling passengers between the Civic Center station and Union Station.

Another travel tip from our Twitter feed:

Here are other alternates btwn Downtown-Union Sta. On Olive- take any 70’s bus. Hope- DASH B. Broadway- 40, 740, 745. Main- 733, DASH D. ^ST

 

And just a few minutes ago, this from the Sheriff’s Department Twitter feed:

630PM,Tues, Red Line subway at track level is the only area of #UnionStation currently evacuated @MetroLosAngeles susp. package #LASD
@MetroLosAngeles RedLine incident began at #UnionStation at 4:55PM,Tues. #LASD BombSquad at train & track level. Thank U for cooperation

Full late night closure of southbound 405 between 101 and Getty Center Drive tonight

Here’s the news release:

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Bus service changes suspended

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.

Service alert: Red and Purple Line power restored!

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”


Bus service changes begin Sunday

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.

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Train testing on Expo Line to expand

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.

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