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.

Expect Blue Line delays due to electrical issues

UPDATE (8:10pm)

Blue Line has resumed normal operations to all stations with minor residual delays through 8:15pm. There are no other alerts.

UPDATE (4:12pm)

  • Southbound passengers will board a train at 7th St/Metro Ctr to Pico Station, then take a bus shuttle to the next station, Grand, where they may board a Long Beach bound train to continue their southbound trip.
  • Northbound passengers will exit at Grand Station, then take a bus shuttle to the next station, Pico, where they may board a 7th St/Metro Ctr bound train to the Red/Purple Lines and Downtown LA.
  • Over a dozen buses have been assigned to this bus bridge to assist this evening.
  • When traveling through the affected area, allow 20-30 min of additional travel time.
  • All Metro Express bus lines, including Silver Line, continue to have the express fare upcharge waived on the I-110 Harbor Transitway segment to encourage using this viable, alternate route.
  • Trains may encounter minor residual delays between Long Beach Transit Mall and Grand Station.
  • Crews are currently troubleshooting and there is a possibility that normal service will be restored later this evening.
  • Please stay tuned for further updates.

UPDATE (3:12pm)

Here’s the latest from operations:

  • Blue Line major disruption due to overhead power systems issue at Flower/Venice.
  • Train service currently suspended between Pico & Grand stations.
  • Blue Line only serving LB Transit Mall – Grand & Pico – 7th St/Metro Ctr.  Expect minor residual delays on entire line.
  • Bus shuttles will be provided for thru travel.
  • Thru passengers should expect delays of up to 40 minutes and crowding to continue through this evening’s rush hour.
  • Please follow train and station announcements for latest information.
  • Downtown passengers destined for stations between Long Beach and Imperial/Wilmington, consider waiting at Flower/7th, just across the street from 7th St/Metro Center and boarding Metro Silver Line (every 10-15 min) or Line 450 (every 12 min rush) to Harbor Fwy Station and transfer with Green Line to get back to Blue Line.  Express upcharge waived tonight.  Regular Blue Line fare will be accepted onboard these buses.
  • Downtown passengers destined for Norwalk Station, consider waiting at Flower/7th and boarding Line 460 (every 30 min).  Express upcharge waived tonight.  Regular Blue Line fare will be accepted onboard these buses.
  • Downtown passengers destined for Aviation/LAX, consider waiting at Flower/7th and boarding LADOT Commuter Express 438 (every 15 min rush).  Or take Red/Purple Lines to Union Station and boarding LAX FlyAway (every 30 min).

ORIGINAL POST:

Problems with the overhead electrical system on the Blue Line have stalled a southbound Blue Train and service has been suspended between the Pico and Grand Stations. All passengers have been taken off the train and a bus bridge is being established.

Technicians are on their way to investigate the electrical problems, but in the meantime Blue Line riders should expect major delays. Riders should consider the Silver Line as a possible alternative.

For the latest service advisories, follow @MetroLAalerts on Twitter.

Most Metrolink trains will be idle on Labor Day

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

Metrolink offers two round-trips on Antelope Valley Line on Labor Day

LOS ANGELES – In observance of Labor Day, Metrolink will suspend all service except for two round-trips on the Antelope Valley Line on Monday, Sept. 5. The Antelope Valley Line extends from L.A. Union Station to Lancaster, with stops in between at Glendale, Downtown Burbank, Sun Valley, Sylmar/San Fernando, Newhall, Santa Clarita, Via Princessa, Vincent Grade/Acton and Palmdale.

Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Please visit http://www.metrolinktrains.com for information about schedules and affordable ticketing options.

As part of the iWatch campaign, Metrolink reminds travelers to BE AWARE (if something does not look right, alert the conductor, station security or police), BE INFORMED (familiarize yourself with the location of emergency exits and train platform phones) and BE ALERT (look for suspicious behavior or unattended packages and report them immediately).

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.