Gate locking test continues this afternoon

Reminder: As part of Metro’s ongoing gate-locking test, the agency will be locking the gates at the Hollywood/Western Red Line station between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. today along with the subway stations at Wilshire/Normandie and Vermont/Beverly.

Staff will be on hand to help those without TAP cards pass through the gates.


Caltrans: full 710 closure overnight between Bell and Downey

Here’s the news release from Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct a full freeway closure tonight on the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) in both directions from the Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105) to Atlantic Avenue/Bandini Boulevard from 11 p.m. until Tuesday (10/11) at 5 a.m.

The full closure in both directions is necessary to remove the temporary median barriers used throughout the weekend for the cross-over traffic operation.   A cross-over puts all traffic on one side of the freeway while construction takes place on the other side.  Tonight’s work also involves re-striping the lanes for the Tuesday morning commute.

Additionally, the following ramps and connectors will be closed:

CLOSED ramps:
·        On-ramps to northbound I-710:  from Imperial Highway, Firestone Blvd. and Florence Avenue.
·        On-ramps to southbound I-710:  from Atlantic Blvd., Florence Ave. & Firestone Boulevard.
·        Off-ramps from northbound I-710:  to Florence Avenue and Firestone Boulevard.

CLOSED connectors:  Eastbound & westbound I-105 connector to northbound I-710.

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Longer trains, many bus detours for CicLAvia on Sunday

Affected Rail Lines: Metro Blue Line, Metro Red Line, Metro Gold Line, Metro Purple Line — Red, Purple, Blue and Gold Line trains will be longer until 6 p.m. Trains are on a weekend schedule. Here are Metro’s bike-on-train guidelines.

Affected Bus Lines: 002/302, 004, 010, 018, 020, 028, 030, 033, 040/042, 048, 051/052/352, 053, 055/355, 060, 066, 068, 070, 071, 076, 078/079/378, 081, 083, 084, 090/091, 092, 094, 096, 460, 487/489, 603, 720, 733, 760, 910

Effective Dates: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 — Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011

Description

Lines: 2, 4, 10, 18, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, 42, 48, 51, 52, 53, 55, 60, 66, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 83, 84, 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 460, 487, 603, 720, 733, 760, Silver Line (910), Blue Line, Red & Purple Lines & Gold Line.

In effect: Sunday, October 9, 2011 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or when ordered By Field Supervisor or BOC.

Much more info on the impacted bus routes after the jump.

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Escalator project update

For curious-minded readers about the Civic Center station, this news from Metro CEO Art Leahy’s daily email to agency staff:

 Second Phase of the Escalator Replacement Project Has Started at the Metro Red Line Civic Center Station

The second phase of the Escalator Replacement Project has begun at the Metro Red Line Civic Center Station. The contractor has relocated the barricades isolating the work area from one side of the escalators to the other at both entrances of the station where work is taking place. This now exposes the newly installed escalators that will operate in the upward direction while the contractor demolishes, removes and replaces the two escalators on the other side of the stairs. The contractor has installed signage directing patrons to the elevator and the station entrances according to our recommendation. The completion of this construction activity is scheduled for early 2012. Work hours and dates are between 6:00 am until 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Critical tasks will take place as necessary during non-revenue hours and at night.

 

 

Late night closures of eastbound 210 freeway in Arcadia tonight and Tuesday night

Work on the bridge that will take the Gold Line Foothill Extension from the median of the 210 to the south side of the freeway continues. Here’s the alert from the Foothill Extension Construction Authority, which is building the 11.5 project from Pasadena to Azusa:

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Probable bus service disruptions today due to President Obama's visit to L.A.

Metro is expecting major service disruptions in the West Hollywood area later this afternoon and evening, due to President Obama’s visit to Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Travelers are being encouraged to allow extra time or to avoid the West Hollywood area, if possible.

For security reasons Metro does not have the exact route the President will travel but is expecting bus operations to be impacted on three streets this afternoon: Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente — all between Doheny and La Cienega.

We don’t have exact times that the disruptions are due to take place, but the President’s plane is scheduled to land at LAX at 4:40 p.m. — so it’s likely after that.

Later, Metro is anticipating disruptions on La Cienega between Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards. Even later in the evening, bus disruptions could occur on Wilshire between La Cienega and Beverly Hills.

And then there’s tomorrow morning when the President leaves. No details yet. Stay tuned. For up-to-the-minute details watch Metro Service Alerts on metro.net and on Twitter.


Track and signal work to cause delays on Metrolink's Antelope Valley line on three Sundays in September

Here’s the news release from Metrolink, which is partially funded by Metro:

Los Angeles – The last three Sundays in September, Metrolink riders on the Antelope Valley line must detrain and board a free bus to travel between the Via Princessa and Vincent Grade stations while track and signal work is conducted. Slight schedule modifications at the Lancaster, Palmdale and Via Princessa station stops will also be necessary. Southbound trains will depart 30 minutes earlier and northbound trains will arrive up to 30 minutes later at the Lancaster, Palmdale and Via Princessa stations.

Approximately 1500 people will be affected by these changes each week. The work is part of a siding extension project that will allow an increase in train service and provide operational flexibility to recover from schedule delays on the Antelope Valley Line, which runs between Los Angeles Union Station and Lancaster.

Metrolink schedules maintenance during times of low ridership to minimize impact to its customers.

For more information about Metrolink, please visit www.metrolinktrains.com.

ABOUT METROLINK

Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 19th year of operations. 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.