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.

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


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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