Storm update: delays on Orange Line, Blue Line and Expo Line this morning due to weather issues

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From the Will Rogers beach webcam.

Some service updates as of 8 a.m.

ORANGE LINE: There are some 20-minute delays along the Orange Line due a downed tree near Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Buses detouring via Burbank Boulevard between Whitsett and  Laurel Canyon. Tree crews are on the scene. Please expect delays to last through the morning rush hour.

EASTSIDE GOLD LINE: Up to 10-minute delays between Union Station and Atlantic due to signal issues.

BLUE LINE: Due to an earlier disabled train at San Pedro, there are some residual delays along the line. 

EXPO LINE: There have been up to 10 minute delays on Expo Line trains rdue to an earlier disabled train at Culver City station.

To stay up-to-date on the status of your bus or train, follow Metro on Twitter at @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts, and be sure to check back here at The Source.


Here comes the rain again…a few things to keep in mind please

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Above is the good word from the National Weather Service on the second storm that is supposed to blow through our area beginning tonight and into tomorrow.

A few things to keep in mind:

•It’s not exactly a secret some L.A. drivers pilot their cars like total idiots in wet weather. Please slow down and be mindful of slick roads and idiots.

•Same goes with Metro facilities. Slow down, don’t run around buses or trains.

•Try NOT to jab people with your umbrellas please! Ouchies!

•Customers riding the Metro Blue, Expo, Green, and Gold Lines during stormy weather may note that their train doors aren’t opening automatically. This is because trains may be operating in “passenger door release mode,” which means customers wishing to board or exit the train must press the illuminated, green buttons adjacent to the doors in order for the doors to open. The buttons can be found on both the interior and exterior of the train doors, and will only release the doors when lit up. “Passenger door release mode” helps minimize the intrusion of weather elements on board, improving customer comfort.

•Work planned for all our construction projects — Purple, Regional, Crenshaw, 405, Blue Line, etc.  — might be impacted or possibly deferred because of the rain.

Additional Metro track and maintenance personnel will be on standby to resolve any potential issues that may arise due to the storms. That being said, passengers should consider a cushion of extra travel time in their normal commute, in case of weather-related delays.

So, enjoy this week’s much-needed respite from a particularly dry winter, but please, be safe and alert in foul weather. To stay up-to-date on the status of your bus or train, follow Metro on Twitter at @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts, and be sure to check back here at The Source.

And keep in mind the big goal here — safety, safety and then a little more safety — is the same as the title of this song…


Upcoming Service Advisory: Heads up for stormy weather

As many are already aware, in the next few days L.A. County may get some of the rain that has been eluding us this winter.

Current forecasts indicate two storms are headed toward the Southland, the first beginning this evening and continuing through tomorrow morning, the second starting Friday morning and lasting through Saturday evening. The storms are predicted to be the wettest the region will have seen in two years.

The oncoming storm via the National Weather Service.

The oncoming storm via the National Weather Service.

There are many reasons to prefer staying indoors during foul weather: hot tea, the sound of rain on the roof, and, what Metro is most concerned with, the increased difficulty of your daily commute. Metro would like to remind motorists and bicyclists to be wary of slick roads and decreased visibility. If driving, reduce your speed and leave extra space between your vehicle and the car in front. When biking, please walk (don’t ride!) your bike on rail station platforms or near bus stops.

For rail customers, additional Metro track and maintenance personnel will be on standby to resolve any potential issues that may arise due to the storms. That being said, passengers should consider a cushion of extra travel time in their normal commute, in case of weather-related delays.

If you are running late, please never run for trains (or buses). This applies as a general rule, but is especially important given the wet, slippery conditions we are likely to experience over the next four days. Where possible, make use of handrails and handholds for extra security.

And finally, customers riding the Metro Blue, Expo, Green, and Gold Lines during stormy weather may note that their train doors aren’t opening automatically. This is because trains may be operating in “passenger door release mode,” which means customers wishing to board or exit the train must press the illuminated, green buttons adjacent to the doors in order for the doors to open. The buttons can be found on both the interior and exterior of the train doors, and will only release the doors when lit up. “Passenger door release mode” helps minimize the intrusion of weather elements on board, improving customer comfort.

So, enjoy this week’s much-needed respite from a particularly dry winter, but please, be safe and alert in foul weather. To stay up-to-date on the status of your bus or train, follow Metro on Twitter at @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts, and be sure to check back here at The Source.

Service alerts can additionally be found on metro.net’s home page. The Go Metro app for Android smartphones, iPhones and iPads also includes service alerts.


Service Advisory: Hollywood/Highland Station Closure this Sunday and bus detours due to Academy Awards

Getting ready for that annual show celebrating the little gold dude. Photo: Clinton Steeds via Flickr Creative Commons

Getting ready for that annual show celebrating the little gold dude. Photo: Clinton Steeds via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s that time of the year again: the Oscars are back, which means bus detours and the closing of Hollywood/Highland Station on Oscar Sunday.

Metro Red Line subway trains will operate on a regular schedule but will pass through the Metro Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station without stopping on Sunday, March 2 from open to close due to the 86th Academy Awards show at the Dolby Theater. There will be no public access to Hollywood/Highland Station. Customers are advised to use the Hollywood/Vine Station as an alternative and transfer to nearby bus service or walk.

All Metro Red Line trains will resume stops at Hollywood/Highland Station with the start of regular service on Monday, March 3.

 Metro Bus 212, 217, 222 and 780 will be detoured off of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue through 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, or until barricades are removed. Full detour information can be found here.

Oscar Sunday detours will be up later this week so be sure to check back for more info.

Specific routes of the detours are listed online on the Service Advisory page. For real-time service alerts, follow @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts on Twitter.

Jamzilla update #7, 10:30 p.m. Monday

Tough traffic out there Monday. As you probably know if you tried to drive the northbound 405 over the Sepulveda Pass — there were significant delays with heavy traffic trying to squeeze into two lanes.

The northbound side of the 405 will be closed at midnight, with lanes scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. and ramps and connectors by 6 a.m. Tuesday as the repaving work concludes. A news conference for media will also be held early Tuesday to discuss the 80-hour closures this weekend.

More on the 80 hour closures on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project’s home page. The project is adding a northbound HOV lane between the 10 and 101 freeways along with ramp and bridge improvements to improve traffic capacity and seismic safety.

Jamzilla update #3, 11:10 p.m. Saturday

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Traffic on the northbound 405 freeway flowed well on Saturday night, sometimes in the “free flow” condition — i.e. with traffic moving at normal speeds. The above Google map shows traffic as of 11 p.m.

The northbound lanes will be entirely closed from 2 a.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday — with lane closures beginning at 1 a.m. Only northbound lanes will be open during the day Sunday.

Because of traffic and safety concerns, both connectors from the 10 freeway to the northbound 405 will remain closed for the remainder of Jamzilla closures.

Again, the message remains the same: please avoid driving on the northbound side of the 405 on Sunday and through this holiday weekend. The freeway can only handle about a third of its normal traffic load when only two lanes are open. Click here to see the full schedule of closures this weekend.

Repaving work remains on schedule. The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project is providing frequent updates on its Twitter feed. The project is adding a northbound HOV lane to the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways to match the existing lane on the southbound side of the freeway.

Jamzilla update #2, 5:40 p.m. Saturday

405Above is a look at traffic on the northbound 405 about 5:15 p.m. this afternoon according to Google maps. Motorists are experiencing some delays, but it’s not as bad as it could be if traffic was as heavy as usual.

Only two lanes remain open on the northbound side of the freeway through the Sepulveda Pass and a full closure of the northbound lanes is scheduled for tonight from 2 a.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday.

Because of traffic and safety concerns, both connectors from the 10 freeway to the northbound 405 will remain closed for the remainder of Jamzilla closures.

Again, the message remains the same: please avoid driving on the northbound side of the 405 through this holiday weekend. The freeway can only handle about a third of its normal traffic load when only two lanes are open. Click here to see the full schedule of closures this weekend.

Repaving work remains on schedule. The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project is providing frequent updates on its Twitter feed. The project is adding a northbound HOV lane to the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways to match the existing lane on the southbound side of the freeway.

A few photos of work are below: