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

Blue Line rail service in downtown Los Angeles ready for Monday morning commute

On schedule and 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: Read earlier post

And so it begins: Sunset Boulevard bridge demolition prep work begins tonight

The above photos and graphics show the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 freeway in its current state and what it will look like after it is torn down and reconstructed. The key number to remember: the bridge is 90 feet and six lanes wide at present and when rebuilt will be 120 feet and eight lanes wide with higher capacity on- and off-ramps.

The bridge work is part of the Sepulveda Pass Widening Project that is adding a northbound carpool lane on the 405 between the Santa Monica and Ventura freeways.

All lanes on the bridge will be closed between 10 p.m. tonight and 6 a.m. Saturday morning. There are other closures in the area — here’s a list on the project’s Twitter account.

Sunset Boulevard bridge meet hoe ram…hoe ram meet Sunset Boulevard bridge

A hoe ram at work on the Flower Street bridge over the 110 freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

With working beginning Friday night to prepare the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 for demolition, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s website takes a deeper look at the work to come. The bridge work is part of the widening of the 405 to add a northbound carpool lane between the Santa Monica and Ventura freeways.

Yaroslavsky, of course, is also a member of the Board of Directors of Metro.

So for the demolition work, they’re bringing in a destruction tool called the “hoe ram”—a crane with a massive jackhammer attached. The contractor is “basically going to break the bridge apart with a huge jackhammer,” says Mark Van Gessel, Metro’s manager for the Sunset segment.

The work will take place in phases—between 6 and 9 nights of demolition followed by 10 months of construction on the southern end of the bridge, with a repeat of the same pattern on the northern side when the first half is finished. In all, some 12,000 tons of concrete will come down, to be pulverized onsite and recycled as “crushed miscellaneous base” and used as a building material on the project.

This is just a chunk of a much longer article that seems optimistic that the new bridge — 120 feet wide compared to 90 feet at present — should help traffic flow better in the area. It’s a good read and worth checking out. Here’s a link to the project website.

And while on Yaroslavsky’s website, you may also want to read his recent blog post on his views that no more oil leases should be sold for oil drilling along the California coast.

Blue Line delays in downtown L.A. this weekend

Construction continues on tying the Expo Line light rail project into the Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. That means another weekend of bus bridges replacing Blue Line service between the Washington station and Metro Center at Figueroa and 7th.

Bus service between the stations begins Friday at 9 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend. Metro is planning on resuming normal Blue Line service by rush hour Monday morning.

All the details are in press releases, in English and Spanish, after the jump.

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