Happy Labor Day!

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Hope you’re all enjoying the weekend. A quick reminder: Metro is operating on the Sunday/holiday schedule today. Please refer to individual timetables for exact schedules and days of operation.

Reconstructed Alondra Boulevard Bridge now open

 Photos: Mark Arroyo/Metro

Earlier today, Caltrans, Metro and the Federal Highway Administration opened the newly reconstructed Alondra Boulevard Bridge. It is the largest of three bridges rebuilt as part of the $110 million Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project.

The 57-year-old Alondra Bridge was completely demolished in June 2013 and rebuilt within 14 months. The new structure meets modern design standards and has been expanded from four to six lanes. This will increase bridge capacity and improve safety and efficiency, eliminating northbound bottlenecks and improving access to regional transit and HOV facilities. The project is a significant milestone in the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects and will improve connections within Santa Fe Springs and to the cities of Norwalk, Cerritos and La Mirada.

The Santa Ana Freeway/Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project is funded by federal, state and local monies, including $72 million from Prop 1B, $14.5 million from state transportation funds, and $23.7 million from Metro’s Prop C and Measure R.

The press release from Caltrans is after the jump.

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Open During Construction: Healthcare Medical S&E

Construction continues along Crenshaw Boulevard for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, which means fencing and blocked lanes in order for work to proceed on the underground portion of the rail line. Though the area around the east side of Crenshaw north of Stocker Street may be difficult to navigate, the businesses located there are absolutely open during construction and worth visiting.

Some of the businesses in the area have been around for quite some time and provide important services for those in the neighborhood — and many of the merchants also live in the community. Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting some of the Crenshaw businesses on The Source. The video below features Healthcare Medical S&E, located at 4108 Crenshaw Boulevard.

To access this location, you can park at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. Limited street parking is also available along Stocker Street. Or take transit: Metro Bus 40, 210 and Rapid 710 travel through the area and the stop at the corner of Crenshaw/Stocker.

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Go Metro Weekends, Aug 29 – 31

USC opens up their season this Saturday against Fresno State. Photo by Neon Tommy, via Flickr creative commons.

USC Footballs opens their season this Saturday against Fresno State. Photo by Neon Tommy, via Flickr creative commons.

Friday

See sixty of the best dance performances from hip hop, ballet, contemporary and other disciplines at the Mix Match Dance Festival opening at the Miles Playhouse. Festivities kick off at  7 p.m and admission is $17. (Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 to Lincoln/Santa Monica, then walk north on Lincoln)

Saturday

Fellow former and current Pokemon (yes, Pokemon) Masters: the Great Summer Pokemon Festival is upon you! Taking place at Chin’s Push, show your skills in an all out tournament! The event starts at 1 p.m.  Admission is $4 and there is a $6 tournament fee. (Metro Bus 28 to Eagle Rock/York then transfer to Metro Bus 83 to York/Ave 49)

Fight On with USC Football as the Trojans play their home opener against Fresno State. Make sure you take the Expo Line to save on parking and traffic hassles!

All Weekend/Labor Day

Head out to the free Leimert Park Village African Arts and Music Festival, taking place Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There will be live entertainment, family-friendly activities and more.(Metro Bus 40 to Vernon/Crenshaw)

LA’s first Made In America festival is going down this weekend at Grand Park. Check here for information regarding bus and rail service and street closures in the area.

Groove to the sounds of funk at the Long Beach Funk Fest! Parliment-Funkadelic will perform live along with George Clinton. Use the code GOMETRO to get $5 off your pre-sale ticket when buying online. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then transfer to free Passport shuttle to Queen Mary)

Thanks, Môfo, for a lively performance at Union Station!

10Mofo_smBrazilian forró band Môfo shared their intoxicating sound at last week’s Metro Presents at Union Station. And the talented dancers from Forró in LA taught an enthusiastic crowd how to swivel around the dance floor. A big thank you to Môfo and everyone who came to share the forró love! More photos from the event are posted after the jump.

Next up: Ethio Cali will perform at Union Station on Friday, September 12. More info here. Metro Presents showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. These exciting events celebrating music, dance, film, and more are designed to creatively engage the Los Angeles community and attract new riders.

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Go Metro to the Long Beach Funk Fest on Labor Day

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Celebrate your day of relaxation with a bunch of funk in the air (the good kind of course). The Queen Mary plays hostess to the sixth annual Long Beach Funk Fest on Labor Day Monday. The festival starts at 1 p.m with pre-sale tickets starting at $15 ($20 at the door).

Some of funk and P-Funk’s biggest names will be in the house with headliners George Clinton and Parliment-Funkadelic! Dam-Funk and The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli will also be gracing the stage along with a conclave of Southern California’s top P-Funk DJs.

Valid TAP card holders can save $5 on general admission by using the exclusive Metro promo code when purchasing tickets online. Make sure to have your TAP card handy at the festival too–show it at the Funk Fest merchandise booth and receive 10% off your purchase.

To get to the Queen Mary, take the Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then walk to the corner of Pine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard and board the free Passport Shuttle which will take you directly to the Queen Mary.

New Section of L.A. River Bikeway in the west San Fernando Valley opens

Photo Credit: City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works

Marking another noteworthy achievement for Metro’s Call for Projects Program, transportation officials from the city and county of Los Angeles this morning announced the grand opening of a brand new section of L.A. River Bikeway in the western San Fernando Valley.

Located between Winnetka and Vanowen Streets in the neighborhood of Winnetka, the newly completed half-mile segment of bikeway has an impressive list of amenities, including newly striped dedicated pedestrian/bike path, signage, bridge underpasses, landscaping, drinking fountains, benches, exercise equipment and solar LED lighting.

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