Bus shuttles to replace Blue Line service in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20

The reason: more work on the junction of the Blue Line and future Expo Line. Here’s the news release:

Due to continued construction work for the new Expo Line in the downtown Los Angeles area, service on the Metro Blue line will be replaced with bus shuttles on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Expo construction crews will continue their work integrating the Expo Line rail system into the existing Metro Blue Line system that will necessitate the closure of the downtown Los Angeles segment of the Metro Blue Line and the use of buses to transport Metro Blue Line passengers between the Washington Station and 7th/Metro Center Station.

No Metro Blue Lines trains will operate between the 7th Street/Metro Center Station and the Washington Station on Sunday, Nov. 20. Metro Blue Line trains will operate on normal schedules from the Washington Station to Long Beach. Patrons are advised to allow up to 40 additional minutes to complete their trip. Normal Metro Blue Line service will resume with the start of morning service on Monday, Nov. 21.

Stations impacted due to the partial Blue Line closure include 7th Street Metro Center, Pico, Grand and San Pedro. For specific route and schedule information visit metro.net.

Night-time closures of Sepulveda Boulevard begins tonight between Montana and Sepulveda Way

Here’s the news release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements contractor will remove the abutments on the east side of Sunset Boulevard Bridge in West Los Angeles, work that requires the night-time only closure of Sepulveda Boulevard between Montana Avenue and Sepulveda Way for three consecutive nights beginning Wednesday, November 16. Motorists will be required to detour around the area during the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The contractor recently completed the demolition of the Sunset Boulevard Bridge spans over the I-405 freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard.  The Sunset Bridge’s north side reconstruction is anticipated to take twelve months.

What: Demolition of Sunset Boulevard Bridge abutments

When: Abutment demolition on the eastside of the bridge is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2011 for three consecutive nights.  Demolition activities are from 11 p.m. through 6 a.m. Activities are weather permitting and subject to change.

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Reminder: more frequent night-time subway and Blue Line service is now in effect

The subway is now running twice as frequently at night. Photo by Alexbcthompson, via Flickr creative commons.

The new schedules began last night, with Red, Purple and Blue Line trains running every 10 minutes between 6 p.m. and midnight. It’s a demonstration project to see if the demand for better night service is really there.

Here are the new timetables: Red/Purple Line and Blue Line.

The trains are more frequent but shorter. Board Blue Line trains at the front of the platform and subway trains at the center, please!

And please let us know about the service and how it’s working or you.


Metrolink supplements limited train service on San Bernardino Line with buses first three weekends in November

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

LOS ANGELES – Due to an annual track maintenance project, Metrolink train service will be limited on the San Bernardino Line on November 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. While the buses provided by Metrolink will be used to provide transportation from San Bernardino County to Los Angeles County and back, these buses cannot be used for travel within San Bernardino County because different buses operate from each station.

During these closures, Metrolink will replace more than 9,000 railroad ties on the railroad tracks. This type of work is required annually to maintain the safest and smoothest commute. Metrolink will schedule closures when ridership is lowest to minimize the effect on the traveling public.

Train and bus info is after the jump.

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Longer trains tonight

There will be longer trains tonight through close of business to accommodate Halloween celebrants who want to leave the driving to Metro. (Good idea.) Ride safely and use the entire boarding platform length. No extended hours … but most of us have to work tomorrow, anyway.


Traffic forecast for tonight in WeHo: Carazy!

West Hollywood Carnaval 2010; photo by Joshua Barash via Flickr

Avoid West Hollywood this afternoon and evening at all costs — unless you specifically want to be there for the amazing West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. As always on Halloween, it will be a crazy place with fantastic costumes and incredible traffic during the parade, as well as afterward. City officials are expecting 400,000 people to flock Santa Monica Boulevard for the annual event, which will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 11 p.m. or when everyone is too tired to continue.

Metro will be detouring a number of bus lines: 2, 4, 10, 105, 305, 704 and 705. So allow extra time and expect delays if you’re heading toward or through West Hollywood. More bus detour details are here.

To make way for Carnaval, a few West Hollywood streets will be closed
for most of the day. Streets will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday.


– San Vicente Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica will be
closed all day today.
— Santa Monica between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard, including
all side streets, will be closed at noon.
— Robertson Boulevard between Melrose and Santa Monica will close at noon.
— San Vicente between Cynthia Street and Santa Monica will close at noon.
— The La Peer Drive eastbound turn lane onto Santa Monica will close at
— Almont Drive and La Peer Drive will be closed from Santa Monica to
Melrose at noon.
— Santa Monica between La Cienega Boulevard and Holloway Drive/Croft
Avenue will close at 4 p.m.
— La Cienega between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica will close at 4
— Sunset east- and west-bound turn lanes onto La Cienega will close
at 4 p.m.

For more Carnaval details go to the WeHo website.


Night-time I-405 freeway closures planned beginning Oct. 30 to demolish north side of Sunset bridge

Additional nighttime I-405 freeway closures are planned beginning Monday, Oct. 31, for 12 nights as construction crews for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project demolish the northern side of the Sunset Boulevard bridge in West Los Angeles.

During this demolition activity, only one side of the freeway will be closed at a time for a distance of up to one mile in the bridge area. All demolition work and associated closures will be conducted during nighttime hours, with the bridge, freeway and local streets reopened in time for daytime traffic.

Ramp closures on the Sunset bridge will start as early as 7 p.m. Freeway lane closures will start as early as 10 p.m., with full directional freeway closures between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays, and 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. weekends. Street closures will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Below is a schedule of planned demolition activity, freeway and street closures and recommended detours (Detour maps are available at metro.net/405):

Full Closure Location Night Recommended Detour
Northbound I-405 between the Montana Ave and Moraga Dr. ramps  Three consecutive nights:Oct 31-Nov 2 Northbound I-405 traffic will be detoured off the freeway at the Montana Ave off-ramp to Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, back to Northbound I-405 on-ramp at Moraga Dr.
Southbound I-405 between the Church Lane Southbound on-ramp and the Sunset Boulevard Southbound on-ramp Three consecutive nights:Nov 3 – 5 Southbound I-405 traffic will be detoured from Sunset Boulevard off-ramp to Northbound Church Lane, to Southbound Sepulveda Boulevard, to Westbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp to Southbound I-405.Oversized vehicles will be detoured off the freeway at Southbound Getty Center Dr. off-ramp to Southbound Sepulveda Boulevard to Westbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp to Southbound I-405. 


Sepulveda Boulevard between Montana Ave and Sepulveda Way  Three consecutive nights:Nov 6 – 8  Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard traffic will be detoured to Eastbound Montana Ave, to Northbound Veteran Ave to Westbound Sunset Boulevard to Sepulveda Way, back to Sepulveda Boulevard.Southbound Sepulveda Boulevard traffic will be detoured to Eastbound Sepulveda Way and continue on Sunset Boulevard to Southbound Veteran Ave, to Westbound Montana Ave, back to Sepulveda Boulevard.
Sunset Boulevard between Gunston Dr. and Thurston Ave  Nine consecutive nights:Oct 31-Nov 8 Westbound Sunset Boulevard traffic will be detoured to Sepulveda Way, to Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, to Southbound Church Lane, back to Sunset Boulevard. Eastbound Sunset Boulevard traffic will be detoured to Northbound Church Lane, to Southbound Sepulveda Boulevard, to Eastbound Sepulveda Way, back to Sunset Boulevard.

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