The Metro Blue Line resumes normal operations at the start of service on Monday morning. Blue Line trains were not running in downtown Los Angeles this weekend due to construction that will eventually tie the future Expo Line into existing Blue line tracks.
Drivers take note. The eastbound 18th Street will be closed at Flower Monday morning until traffic signal loops are restored. (18th Street is a one-way street that runs parallel to the I-10 freeway.) In fact, the entire intersection at 18th St. and Flower St. will be flashing red and Expo crews will be flagging for an extra layer of safety. The on-ramp at Flower St. to the eastbound I-10 will remain open, however.
The San Pedro, Grand, Pico and 7th/Metro Center stations were closed over the weekend during the construction. Buses were provided to shuttle Metro passengers from 7th/Metro Center to Washington Station. Rail service from Washington Station to Long Beach Transit Mall was not affected.
The same plan will continue for a second weekend beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday night, March 12, and continue until the early hours of Monday, March 15.
Again, Metro will implement a bus bridge to serve the stations from 7th/Metro Center to and from Washington Station. Metro personnel will help direct patrons from the stations to the waiting bus shuttle.
The bus service will run every 15 to 20 minutes on Friday nights. On Saturday and Sunday, buses will run every 5 to 10 minutes and every 15 to 20 minutes after 8 p.m.
There will be no Blue Line service in downtown Los Angeles between the Washington station and 7th/Metro Center on the next two weekends from 9 p.m. Friday night through early Monday morning. Buses will instead run between the Washington and 7th/Metro stops.
The service disruption is due to ongoing work to tie the future Expo Line into existing Blue Line tracks. The two lines will share the same tracks in downtown.
All the details about the bus bridge are in the press release posted after the jump. Continue reading
The situation involving the Gold Line’s Allen station and the maintenance yard have been resolved and regular service is back up and running.
Police are investigating a suspicious package at the station and a bus bridge has been requested to run between the Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations.
There are also service disruptions on the Gold Line between Chinatown and Lincoln Heights.
The best way to receive live updates is to follow Metro on Twitter at both http://twitter.com/metrolosangeles and the agency’s service alert account, http://twitter.com/metrolaalerts.
You might think you have until Sunday to diet into that gown or tux for the Academy Awards but Metro’s already getting ready. The red carpet in front of the Kodak Theatre will be installed tonight, starting at 10 p.m. or so … which means that buses normally cruising Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and LaBrea are being re-routed now, rather than this weekend. A schedule of what’s going where tonight through next Tuesday follows.
Starting in the wee hours of Sunday, the street closures and parking restrictions will expand, and one more bus line — the 156 — will be affected. Also on Sunday, the Hollywood Highland Station of the Metro Red Line will be closed for security reasons. The Red Line will stop at all other stations.
The bus detours and schedule can be found after the jump. Continue reading
More work needs to be done to tie the Expo Line and Blue Line together in downtown Los Angeles. The tracks from the two lines will merge at Washington and Flower.
That means that work needs to be done and there will be delays up to 30 minutes on Blue Line service beginning at 9 p.m. Friday night through the end of service late Sunday and early Monday morning.
Metro officials say they hope to have the work done in time for the Monday morning commute but if not there will be supplementary bus service. The press release with more details is after the jump. Continue reading
Posted after the jump are the latest on 405 lane closures as part of the project to build a northbound carpool lane between the Santa Monica and Ventura freeways. Tonight’s feature attraction is a full-lane closure between Getty Center Drive and Greenleaf Street.
Just a heads up: the closures on the NB 405 could last until 7 a.m. the next two mornings. Also, there are some upcoming night-time full freeway closures on the southbound side of the freeway. All the details are after the jump. Continue reading
A pedestrian was hit and killed by a southbound Blue Line light rail train about 4 p.m. Friday afternoon at the Century Boulevard crossing, according to Metro officials. The incident is under investigation.
Trains are single-tracking around the accident site and Blue Line passengers should expect 20-minute delays.
UPDATE: Regular service resumed on the Blue Line at 7:55 p.m.
All Metro buses and Metro Rail trains, including the Red Line, Purple Line, Blue Line, Green Line and Gold Line, will operate on a regular schedule on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 15. As always, you can check the routes and schedules on the trip planner at www.metro.net or call 1-800-COMMUTE.
Beginning Feb. 22, the elevator at the Slauson station on the Blue Line will be out of service for repair work and isn’t scheduled to reopen until early April. The station is elevated and the elevator is the only way for folks who use wheelchairs to access the train platform.
The elevator has some mechanical issues. The press release after the jump details how people who depend on the elevator can reach the nearby Florence or Vernon stations. Continue reading