Sunset Boulevard Bridge demolition scheduled to begin Friday night

Following pre-demolition work that began last May, the contractor for the northbound I-405 Sepulveda Pass carpool lane project is now scheduled to demolish one-half of Sunset Boulevard Bridge in West Los Angeles in six consecutive nights beginning Friday, July 23.

Demolition work and associated closures will be conducted during night-time hours only, with the bridge, freeway and local streets reopened during day-time hours. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has provided City and Caltrans-approved detours for motorists around the construction area during night-time work activities. Detour maps are also now available on the project website

Demolition and subsequent reconstruction of the bridge – one of three bridges planned for replacement in the area – is the first major construction milestone for the 10-mile, $1 billion I-405 improvements project. The replacement of the bridge is required to build a new northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane between the I-10 and U.S. 101 freeways.  Bridge columns will be repositioned to accommodate the additional freeway lane created by the project.

Demolition activities are expected between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., with bridge demolition occurring between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. Ramp closures may start as early as 7 p.m. Continue reading

Bus bridge this weekend on Blue Line in downtown L.A. due to construction work

There will be no Blue Line service between the Washington station and 7th Street/Metro Center this weekend due to construction work on the Expo Line, which will connect with the Blue Line in downtown L.A. Passengers may see delays up to 40 minutes.

A bus bridge will run between the two stations. All the details are in the press release after the jump. Continue reading

Police officer injured in incident with Blue Line in Long Beach

A Metro Blue Line train and city of Long Beach police vehicle collided in Long Beach about 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, sending a police officer to the hospital with unspecified but non-life threatening injures, according to Metro officials and several media reports.

Eight passengers on the Blue Line train also had soft-tissue injuries and were transported to the hospital, according to Metro. Fire department officials said that the train pushed the police car down the tracks and the officer had to be extracted from the vehicle.

Blue Line trains are single-tracking around the scene of the incident and there are some delays in the Long Beach loop portion of the Blue Line. Receive service updates on Metro’s homepage at or Metro’s Twitter feed with service updates.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. There is a traffic signal at the intersection with the tracks where the incident occurred and there is also a signal telling trains when to stop or proceed.

Reminder: Metro fares increase tomorrow

Tomorrow is July 1 and that means that it’s finally time for the Metro fare increase approved in 2007 to take effect.

That means that the single-ride fare of $1.25 will increase to $1.50 and a day pass will rise from $5 to $6. Here’s a full list of the increases.

It should no noted that fares ARE NOT INCREASING for seniors, students, the disabled or Medicare recipients. Those fares were frozen until 2013 by the Measure R sales tax increase approved by voters in 2008.

It may also be worth noting that because of that freeze, the increase is expected to impact about 48% of Metro passengers.

For those curious readers who wonder how Metro fares compare to those of other large transit agencies in the U.S., here’s a good post assembled by my colleague Fred that looks at that issue.

Bus service adjustments announced, including new Rapid Bus between L.A. and Santa Monica

Metro just released its list of schedule changes that are effective on Sunday, June 27. In some cases, buses will run a little less often. In other cases, routes have been modified.

The idea, Metro officials say, is to make service more efficient. The moves are also intended to save some money — so the agency can still offer the full complement of transit services it currently provides.

In addition, a new Rapid Line — the 733 — will begin operating between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica via Venice Boulevard. It replaces the limited stop service currently available on the 333 and will leave from the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station every 10 to 15 minutes during the day and 20 minutes in the evening.

There are also changes being made in East Los Angeles so that bus service better serves the Eastside Extension of the Gold Line.

Here is the full list of changes.

Go Metro to see Amgen Tour of California on Saturday in downtown L.A.

Photo by Amgen Tour of California

The eight-stage Amgen Tour of California bike race began Sunday in Northern California and will reach downtown Los Angeles on Saturday with an individual time trial through the city.

Click above to see larger image.

Brett Lancaster, of Australia, holds the overall lead after stage two; the racers are today tackling the 113-mile stage between Santa Cruz and San Francisco.

The race is free to watch and Saturday would be a very good day to use Metro rail and/or Metrolink to get around downtown since there will be numerous street closures and bus detours. Several rail stations are near the race course, as shown at the map at right. More details in the press release below:

Lance Armstrong headlines bike event
Go Metro to the 2010 Amgen Tour of California Saturday, May 22

Go Metro to see legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong participate in the 2010 Amgen Tour of California in downtown Los Angeles, Saturday, May 22, and take advantage of the five Metro Rail stations nearby to see the bicycle race along downtown streets. The public event is free.

Billed as the largest cycling event in America, the 2010 Amgen Tour of California -in various California cities- is a Tour of France-style cycling road race that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 16-23. On Saturday, stage 7 of the race will be in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Blue Line stations reopen in downtown L.A.

Just in time for the Monday morning commute, the Blue Line powers up for the start of service this morning at 4 a.m. Downtown Blue Line stations — Washington, Grand, Pico/Chick Hearn, 7th Metro Center — were closed to allow for construction of the Expo light rail line. Rail service from Long Beach Transit Mall to Washington Station was not affected. A bus bridge was established to shuttle passengers to Red, Purple, and Gold Line connections.

What was happening: Regional connector construction

Blue Line service delays in downtown L.A. again this weekend

Work on tying the Expo Line tracks into the Blue Line tracks continues in downtown this weekend, meaning there will be no Blue Line service between the Washington station and 7th/Metro Center. A bus bridge will carry passengers between Washington and 7th/Metro Center.

Construction work begins at 9 p.m. Friday night and regular Blue Line service is scheduled to resume by rush hour Monday morning. Press release with more details is after the jump. Continue reading