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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Bus delays possible this morning due to President's visit

Not much info is available for security reasons, but here’s what we know, via Metro’s Twitter feed:

Expect intermittent bus delays & detours this morning around Beverly Hills, Westwood, Century City & Burbank. #ObamaTraffic ^ST

Obama will spend a packed morning in Los Angeles, leaving the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel, and heading east to Burbank for a taping of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to cap off his brief stop in the Southland as he continues his Western fund-raising swing.

After the taping, the president is scheduled to leave LAX at 11:45 a.m. for San Francisco, and will later fly to Denver for fundraisers in both cities, according to wire reports.

Thanks for your patience, Metro bus riders.

Bus delays due to President Obama's visit to Los Angeles

Here via Metro’s Twitter feed is the latest info on bus delays on the Westside due to President Obama’s events in Hancock Park this evening:

•Thru 10pm: Expect intermittent Westside bus delays & detours around Westwood, Beverly Hills, Wilshire Dist & Hancock Park. ^ST #ObamaTraffic

•Until roads reopen 2night: Wilshire (Lines 20-720) & Olympic (Lines 28-728) buses detour via Beverly btwn Western-Crenshaw ^ST #ObamaTraffic

•Until roads reopen 2night: Venice (33-733) buses detour: W/B via Adams btwn Crenshaw-Fairfax. E/B via Rodeo-MLK btwn La Cienega-Crenshaw ^ST

•Until roads reopen: La Brea (212-312) buses detour via La Cienega btwn Rodeo-3rd. Washington (35) detour via Adams btwn Crenshaw-Fairfax ^ST

Westside bus delays possible this afternoon due to President Obama's visit

Air Force One departing LAX in April. Photo by Anthony Citrano, via Flickr.

Unfortunately, I don’t have anything in the way of specific information on how the President’s visit may impact bus service later this afternoon. As is always the case, only the most general description of the President’s travel plans are released ahead of time for security reasons.

What we know from the White House is that the President is expected to arrive at LAX at 4:45 p.m. and then travel to Hancock Park for a pair of fundraisers. In the past, the President has used a helicopter to travel from LAX to Westwood before hitting the streets.

If you’re riding public transit, now would be a good time to start following Metro’s service alerts twitter feed: @metroLAalerts. You can also check Metro Service alerts at http://www.metro.net/service/advisories/.

Metro’s customer service phone number is 323-GO-METRO; Big Blue Bus’s is 310-451-5444; and Culver City Bus’ is 310-253-6510.

Big Blue Bus has this notice posted on its website: “Possible Service Delays 10/24-10/25 Routes 1, 2, 3, 8 and 12 may be delayed during the afternoon and evening of Monday, 10/24 and the morning of 10/25 due to President Obama’s visit to Los Angeles. BBB recommends allowing extra time to complete your trips on Monday and Tuesday.”

Here’s the President’s schedule as posted on the White House website:

6:40 pm
The President departs Las Vegas, NV en route Los Angeles, CA
Local Event Time:

03:40 PM PDT

McCarran International Airport
Open Press
7:45 pm
The President arrives Los Angeles, CA
Local Event Time:

4:45 PDT

Los Angeles International Airport
Open Press
9:15 pm
The President delivers remarks at a campaign event
Local Event Time:

6:15 PM PDT

Private Residence
Print Pool
11:45 pm
The President delivers remarks at a campaign event
Local Event Time:

9:45 PM PDT

Private Residence
Print Pool


Metrolink service on Orange County and Inland Empire lines cancelled the next three weekends

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

All Orange County and Inland Empire line Metrolink trains will be cancelled on Oct. 22-23, 29-30 & Nov. 5-6; trains 644 and 645 will be cancelled on Fridays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4  

LOS ANGELES – There will be no service on Metrolink’s Orange County and Inland Empire lines the next three weekends as San Diego Northern Railroad construction crews work to improve passenger and freight rail services by installing a second main line track and new rail bridges in the corridor. Additionally, Orange County Line trains 644 and 645 will be cancelled on Fridays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.

Amtrak’s schedule also will be affected, but they will offer some transportation options for those wanting to take public transportation. Please check http://www.amtrak.com  for scheduling and fare information. Metrolink Monthly Pass holders can ride Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner trains within the station pairs on their Metrolink ticket for free as part of the Rail2Rail program. Metrolink’s weekend pass is not valid on Amtrak trains.

This work is part of the LOSSAN (Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor) Coastal Rail Improvements, a project in which the San Diego Association of Governments, North County Transit District and Amtrak are working to add a second track to the 60-mile LOSSAN coastal rail corridor to improve passenger and freight rail services.


Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 19th year of operation. 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. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.