Photo of the overturned big rig on the 210 freeway earlier this morning. Photo: Metro
UPDATE: Metro and Caltrans teams are working to clear the truck accident debris from the tracks. Bus shuttles will continue to replace train service between Allen and Sierra Madre Villa Station until early afternoon.
Due to an overturned big rig truck on the eastbound 210 freeway causing obstructions on Metro Gold Line tracks, service between Allen and Sierra Madre Villa Stations has been replaced by bus shuttles. Expect delays up to 20 minutes between the two stations. Follow announcements at the stations.
Foothill Transit Bus 187 will honor fares for Metro customers at both stations. For alternate transit routes through the affected area or to your final destination, use Trip Planner.
Metro advises all customers to be especially careful due to the rainy weather. Please do not run to catch your bus or train.
Follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metrolaalerts for up-to-the-minute updates on information and announcements.
Bus shuttles will replace Metro Expo Line service between La Cienega/Jefferson Station and Culver City Station on Saturday, Nov. 23 in order for Metro to perform planned track maintenance.
Train service will only run between 7th St/Metro Center and La Cienega/Jefferson from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus shuttles will be implemented between the La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City stations during this time to help customers reach their destinations. Announcements will be made at the stations.
Stay updated by following Metro on Twitter @metroLAalerts or @metrolosangeles.
The work being done includes the replacement of a frog junction that allows trains to switch tracks smoothly and seamlessly. Check out the video below to see how frog junctions work!
The view east from the Sierra Madre Villa station toward the alignment for the Foothill Extension.
A closeup of the segment of the Gold Line Foothill Extension that will run in the 210 freeway median.
Work is scheduled to begin Nov. 17 weather permitting.
A view east from the end of the Sierra Madre Villa platform.
The banner on the side of the Sierra Madre Villa parking garage, which was completely full today.
Progress has been speedy on the construction of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension, the 11.5-mile addition that will extend the Gold Line from its current terminus in eastern Pasadena to Azusa with six new stations.
And now comes the next step: tying the future extension into the existing Gold Line in Pasadena. Initially this work will be done over several phases through this fall and the upcoming winter. Most of the work involves building and/or reworking the overhead wires and infrastructure that delivers electricity to light rail trains.
At this point, most of the work will be done on some Sundays or after 8 p.m. on some weeknights. Impacts on service will be minimal for most of the Gold Line during the work. Most of the impacts will be on service between the Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations in Pasadena.
All work is subject to weather postponements. The first work is scheduled for Sunday, November 17, when there will be bus shuttles replacing train service between the Allen and Sierra Madre Villa Stations. Otherwise, trains will run on regular intervals between Atlantic and Allen on that day.
We’ll update you frequently on any service impacts. As always, any service impact is a pain but it’s a necessary pain that will make the Gold Line a lot more convenient to use for residents in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa and western Glendora.
The project is funded by Measure R and is being built by the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, an independent agency that will turn the project over to Metro when it’s complete. Kudos to the Construction Authority for reaching this key milestone; more construction updates can be found on their website. Metro is currently forecasting an early 2016 opening to Azusa.
The Construction Authority is also planning the second phase of the project that would extend the rail line to Montclair. That segment is not funded at this time but is in Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
It’s a big step forward for the project but it comes with some inconvenience. The above notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority has all the details.
Metro will run on the regular weekday schedule on Veteran’s Day Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. There will be no additional late-night service on Sunday for the three-day weekend.
There will also be a large rally in the DTLA area affecting several downtown bus lines. For more information on other bus detours, visit Metro’s Service Advisories page and make sure to follow us on Twitter at @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts.
Finally, please be advised that maintenance will affect late-night service on the Red Line (between Universal and North Hollywood) and the Blue Line (between Willowbrook and Downtown Long Beach) on Sunday, Nov. 10, and Monday, Nov. 11. Additionally, mid-day maintenance will affect service on the Green Line Sunday, Nov. 10, and Monday, Nov. 11. Check Metro’s Service Advisories page for details.
From the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority:
WHO: Residents / Commuters in the City of Monrovia.
WHAT: This Thursday, the intersection of California Ave and Duarte Rd will be fully closed to thru-traffic to allow crews to reconfigure the traffic lanes and re-stripe the road for continuing grade crossing construction in the area.
WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., weather permitting: Intersection of California Ave and Duarte Rd will be closed to thru-traffic .
WHERE: Intersection of California Ave and Duarte Rd in the City of Monrovia.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- During the closure of the intersection, detour routes will be in place and signage will be posted to direct motorists.
- Following the closure, Duarte Rd will re-open to one lane of traffic in each direction and California Ave will remain closed north of Duarte Rd.
- Motorists are advised to expect delays.
- Surrounding businesses will remain open and accessible during the closure.
Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons, including, but not limited to, weather conditions and unforeseen delays.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Visit www.foothillextension.org
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About the Construction Authority: The Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the California State Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from Union Station to Montclair, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. The Construction Authority built the initial segment from Union Station to Pasadena and is underway on the Gold Line Foothill Extension. The Foothill Extension is a $1.7 billion extension that will connect Pasadena to Montclair in two construction segments – Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair. The 11.5-mile Pasadena to Azusa segment is fully funded by Measure R and will be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will determine when the line will open for passenger service. Three design-build contracts, totaling more than $500 million, will be overseen by the Construction Authority to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment. The Azusa to Montclair segment is environmentally cleared and is proceeding to advanced conceptual engineering.
Tonight, Nov. 5 through Thurs, Nov. 7, Expo Line will run every 20 minutes between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. while track work is completed.
Trains will share one track between La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City Stations.
Announcements will be made at Expo Line stations. You can also follow alerts on Twitter or check Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please note that NexTrip may not accurately predict service for Expo Line at this time.
Metro thanks you for your patience if you are traveling the Expo Line between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. tonight through Thursday.
Please keep in mind that many flights have been delayed and allow extra travel time as Los Angeles International Airport reopens after this morning’s shootings in Terminal 3.
Los Angeles International Airport is currently shut down due to police activity. The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded all flights and no vehicles are allowed to enter the horseshoe road leading to the terminals at this time, including FlyAway buses, Metro Green Line “G” shuttle buses from Aviation/LAX Station and other airport connections.
Metro Green Line service is not affected. Expect MAJOR DELAYS on all Metro buses that travel in the LAX area as streets are extremely congested and there are other road closures. Century Boulevard is closed from Sepulveda to Aviation. Buses will be detouring around the area if possible.
All exits to LAX from the 105 and 405 freeways are closed, according to the California Highway Patrol, which says all motorists should avoid traveling in the area.
FlyAway buses are not routing any buses through the area.
Updates will follow. Follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts for immediate updates.
Tweets and Facebook updates from government agencies on the incident:
As of 10:30 a.m., flights remain grounded at Los Angeles International Airport due to a shooting there this morning. The Green Line shuttle and the Flyaway bus are not entering LAX.
We will update throughout the day as we know more.