Bus detours this afternoon in downtown L.A. due to police brutality rally

A rally and march to end police bruality is taking place this afternoon in downtown Los Angeles and will impact bus service in the area. Bus service will be affected from Pershing Square in downtown to MacArthur Park in Westlake. If possible, use Metro Rail to avoid delays. Buses will stop at detours any place it is safe to do so.

Here is the list of detours from Metro’s bus operations staff:

LINE: 2, 4, 10/48, 90 (91), 81, 83, 94.
Eastbound:    Regular route to Hill St. and 3rd St. then continue via Hill St. to (L) 4th St., (R) Broadway,
(R) 8th St., (L) Hill St. and regular route.

Westbound:    Regular route to Hill St. and 7tyh St. then continue via Hill St. to (R) 6th St., (L) Broadway
(L) 3rd St., (R) Hill St. and regular route.

Line 14

Southbound:   Regular route to Grand Ave. &  1st St., via 1st St., to (R) Spring St., (R) 8th St.,
(L) Grand Ave. and regular route.

Northbound:    Regular route to Olive St. & 8th St. , then via Olive St., (R) 7th St., (L) Broadway,
(L) 1st St. to Olive St. and regular route. Continue reading

About tomorrow's bus detours

I’ve been hearing from readers asking the best way to get to Friday’s political rally at USC with President Barack Obama, as well as readers who want to know if their regular commutes will be impacted because of the rally.

So, I want to emphasize this point: all bus routes serving the USC area are fair game for detours because of security concerns. I cannot at this time tell anyone with 100 percent certainty that their bus will or will not be detoured, nor can I recommend a bus route to USC that for sure will not be impacted.

I can offer you this advice: plan to get to the rally early and to allow extra time on your commute. Another tip: if you don’t mind walking, you can ask the bus operator to let you off the bus at any point on a detour route where exiting the bus is safe. Use the bus to get close to USC, then walk.

The Silver Line (the 910 line) will likely be a popular option for regional travelers to reach USC because it stops at Union Station and 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and also stops near the USC campus. It’s not on the list below; but it could be impacted. Here’s the timetable and map for regional travelers not familiar with the Silver Line. Again, I say this: NO GUARANTEES it won’t be detoured.

To be very blunt, the Secret Service’s job is to protect the President, not worry about your commute. Bring a book, wear comfortable shoes, let the boss know your commute may be affected tomorrow. If you have a cell phone with internet access, follow Metro’s service alerts on Twitter. The addresses are below.

Here’s some more info about parking and the rally from USC:
http://uscnews.usc.edu/university/usc_students_to_host_president_obama.html

And here is the press release issued by Metro earlier about possible detours:

Metro Bus service will be impacted on Friday, October 22, around the USC-Coliseum area during the mid-morning hours due to President Barack Obama’s visit to Los Angeles.

The Metro Bus lines most likely to be detoured will be lines 40, 42 and 740 on Martin Luther King Boulevard, 102 and 550 on Exposition Boulevard, 204 and 754 on Vermont Avenue and line 81 on Figueroa Street.

Metro Bus service will return to regular service as soon as the streets are reopened. For more information on detours and delays, Metro will tweet the information on http://twitter.com/metroLAalerts. For alerts and general Metro information, go to http://twitter.com/metrolosangeles.

Metro apologizes for any inconvenience and recommends patrons plan ahead if traveling through this area. For information on Metro Bus and Rail services, visit the Metro Trip Planner at www.metro.net

Bus detours likely due to President Obama’s visit to L.A. on Friday

Metro Bus service will be impacted on Friday, October 22, around the USC-Coliseum area during the mid-morning hours due to President Barack Obama’s visit to Los Angeles.

The Metro Bus lines most likely to be detoured will be lines 40, 42 and 740 on Martin Luther King Boulevard, 102 and 550 on Exposition Boulevard, 204 and 754 on Vermont Avenue and line 81 on Figueroa Street.

Metro Bus service will return to regular service as soon as the streets are reopened. For more information on detours and delays, Metro will tweet the information on http://twitter.com/metroLAalerts. For alerts and general Metro information, go to http://twitter.com/metrolosangeles.

Metro apologizes for any inconvenience and recommends patrons plan ahead if traveling through this area. For information on Metro Bus and Rail services, visit the Metro Trip Planner at http://www.metro.net

Daily transit forecast for Thursday, Oct. 22

Blue Line

Due to Expo construction work after 8:15pm, trains run every 30 minutes.  Northbound trains leave Transit Mall at 8:16pm, 8:46pm and every 30 minutes through 10:46pm, then 11:21pm. Trains from Transit Mall to Wardlow leave at 11:43pm, 12:13am, 12:43am, 1:18am, 1:25am and 1:43am. Southbound trains leave 7th St./Metro Center at 9:15pm, 9:45pm and every 30 minutes through 11:45pm, then 12:20am, 12:27am and 12:45am.

Dates: through Oct. 21. Continue reading


Daily transit forecast for Wednesday, Oct. 20

Blue Line

Due to Expo construction work after 8:15pm, trains run every 30 minutes.  Northbound trains leave Transit Mall at 8:16pm, 8:46pm and every 30 minutes through 10:46pm, then 11:21pm. Trains from Transit Mall to Wardlow leave at 11:43pm, 12:13am, 12:43am, 1:18am, 1:25am and 1:43am. Southbound trains leave 7th St./Metro Center at 9:15pm, 9:45pm and every 30 minutes through 11:45pm, then 12:20am, 12:27am and 12:45am.

Dates: through Oct. 21. Continue reading

Incident at Hollywood/Vine station: LAFD rescues injured man from tracks at boarding platform

Service in the Hollywood area of the Metro Red Line was delayed up to 20 minutes this morning following an incident at the Hollywood/Vine station. The incident occurred at approximately 7:15 a.m. when a man on the tracks was reportedly struck by a westbound train as the train approached the boarding area. The individual was secured on the tracks adjacent to the platform and then transported with unknown injuries to a nearby hospital by an LAFD rescue unit. The circumstances of the accident are under investigation; the extent of the man’s injuries are reported to be critical. Full service and normal operations was restored at 9 a.m.

Transit forecast for Thursday, Oct. 14

For a complete list of planned service advisories please visit the Service Updates page on Metro.net. And for the latest service alerts follow @MetroLAalerts on Twitter.

Blue Line

Due to Expo construction work after 8:15pm, trains run every 30 minutes. Northbound trains leave Transit Mall at 8:16pm, 8:46pm and every 30 minutes through 10:46pm, then 11:21pm. Trains from Transit Mall to Wardlow leave at 11:43pm, 12:13am, 12:43am, 1:18am, 1:25am and 1:43am. Southbound trains leave 7th St./Metro Center at 9:15pm, 9:45pm and every 30 minutes through 11:45pm, then 12:20am, 12:27am and 12:45am.

Dates: Through Oct. 14. Continue reading


Shots fired into Metro bus at Inglewood bus stop kills passenger in what police are calling 'gang-related' shooting

Shots fired into a Metro bus at approximately 3:03 p.m. injured a passenger on board Line 115 in what Inglewood police are saying appears to be a gang-related shooting. The bus operator and 15 to 20 other passengers on board were not injured.  Police said a male approached the bus at a bus stop on the northeast corner of Manchester Blvd. at Crenshaw, firing several rounds into the right side of the bus and injuring an 18-year-old male who was transported to  Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  He later died of his injuries. Line 115 runs between Norwalk and Playa del Rey. The bus was westbound on Manchester Blvd. at the time of incident.

Skirball Bridge demolition schedule has changed due to early completion of work on section over southbound lanes of I-405 freeway

The schedule and associated closures for the Skirball Bridge demolition and reconstruction work activity has changed due to the contractor’s early completion of work on the section of the bridge that is located over the southbound I-405 freeway. The demolition work over this section of the Skirball Bridge has been completed earlier than planned.

For tonight, Wednesday, October 13, the contractor will now begin work to demolish the north side of the Skirball Bridge that is located over the northbound I-405 freeway, as the remaining schedule of work has been moved up by one day. The updated schedule and closures for this work activity for today are as follows:

•Full directional northbound freeway closure from 12 am to 5 am from Getty Center Drive to Ventura Blvd.

•The southbound HOV and #1 lane will be closed at 11 pm to 6 am

•Skirball Center Drive Bridge will be closed from 10 pm to 6 am

•Northbound Skirball on- and off-ramps will be closed from 7 pm to 6 am

•Southbound Skirball on- and off-ramps will be closed from 7 pm to 6 am

Work will take place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. over the next three nights period. Actual bridge demolition is planned between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. Two nights of bridge abutment demolition are planned approximately one month later. While the bridge will be closed during night-time demolition, it will be opened again to thru traffic by 6 a.m. the next morning.

Access to surrounding local streets, the freeway and freeway ramps during demolition will be impacted.  To keep traffic moving, detours will be set up and traffic control officers will be stationed at critical locations to help direct traffic.  Detailed information on all closures, including recommended detours, will be made available in advance on metro.net/405.

During freeway closures, Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open and can be used as a primary detour route. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.

For additional project information and ongoing construction updates, visit www.metro.net/405 or call the project hotline at 213-922-3665.