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.

Slight rail delays Thursday morning due to Great California ShakeOut

A quick heads-up to Metro Rail passengers: there will be slight delays on Metro’s rail lines on Thursday morning between roughly 10:20 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. due to the statewide earthquake drill.

The drill is a simulated — without the actual shaking — 7.8-magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. It’s a chance for many agencies and residents to simulate their planned response to such a quake.

In the case of Metro, that means halting trains or pulling them slowly into the station while track inspections are completed.

Thanks in advance for your patience. This is an important test, given that we’re all living in earthquake country and it’s a matter of when, not if, there will be another big jolt here.

Second round of Sunset Bridge reconstruction work and closures to begin Oct. 15

Sunset Bridge Reconstruction Closure Map showing detours.

The second phase of Sunset Bridge reconstruction work for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project is scheduled to begin October 15 and last for two weeks.

Work will require the weekday morning closure of the southbound 405 Sunset Boulevard freeway off-ramp beginning Monday, October 17.  Motorists will have to utilize freeway off-ramps at either Getty or Wilshire Boulevard between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. only during weekdays (See map).

The first phase of Sunset Bridge intersection work included efforts to raise other street intersections and utilities to meet the new height of the  bridge’s rebuilt south side. See earlier Source post on this work.

All the details are on the construction notice posted after the jump.

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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.