UPDATE: Blue and Expo Lines resume normal service

UPDATE: 9:40 a.m.- Blue and Expo Lines resume normal service. Metro thanks you for your continued patience and understanding.

The Metro Blue and Expo Lines are currently experiencing delays of up to 20 minutes due to a train-auto incident near Pico Station.

Trains are sharing the Downtown LA-bound tracks between both Pico to Grand/LATTC stations for the Blue Line and Pico to LATTC/Ortho Institute stations for the Expo Line.

Delays are expected to last through rush hour. See here for alternate service in the area.

Updates will be provided here on The Source, or follow us on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts for up-to-the-minute status updates.

Expo Line resumes normal operations

The Metro Expo Line is currently experiencing delays of up to 20 minutes due to a train-auto incident near Expo/Western Station.

Trains are sharing the Downtown LA-bound platform at Expo/Western Station while we clear the Culver City-bound track for service.

Updates will be provided here on The Source, or follow us on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts for up-to-the-minute status updates.

Your Friday send-off: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Photo: Steve Hymon/Metro

Photo: Steve Hymon/Metro

A shortened work week always feels longer, for some reason. But it’s Friday, and here’s your Friday send-off: High Dive from L.A. native Andrew McMahon’s new album Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

If enjoying such sounds on bus or train, please remember to use your headphones. And if you have transit playlist song recs, leave them in the comments or tweet them at us! Awesome tracks (as deemed by yours truly) will be shared in future posts.

Upcoming construction closure: 20th Street at Expo Line intersection in Santa Monica

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expo workHere’s the construction notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the agency building the six-mile project that will extend tracks from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica with seven new stations. A segment of 20th Street will be closed this weekend and the next for track work.

The project is funded mostly by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. It is currently forecast to open in early 2016.

Upcoming construction closure: 19th Street at Expo Line intersection in Santa Monica

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Above is the good word from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the agency building the six-mile project that will extend tracks from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica with seven new stations.

The project is funded mostly by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. It is currently forecast to open in early 2016.

Go Metro Weekends, September 5 – 7

The Culver Hotel hosts image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC

When the Culver Hotel opened in 1924, local papers called the six-story building the “Culver skyscraper.” This weekend, you can Go Metro to the hotel’s Prohibition Ball (and much more). Image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC.

Friday

This Friday at Dodger Stadium is the first-ever Dodgers Koreatown Night! Purchase tickets for the all-you-can-eat section and you’ll not only get to enjoy unlimited Dodger dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and nachos, you’ll also receive a free Hyun-Jin Ryu bobblehead and a special K-town Black Card (good for discounts at various K-town hotspots.) Hip-hop rapper and Koreatown native Dumbfoundead will throw the night’s first pitch against the Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m. And if you miss this game, there are a few left in the season…and you can save money on tickets to them with your TAP card! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line, or various buses, to Union Station, then hop aboard the Dodger Stadium Express.)

Simmer down at the end of another week with live jazz at the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Jamire Williams performs from 9 p.m. to midnight, giving you plenty of time to snag sushi or ramen beforehand. Tickets are $15, and you must be 21 or older. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Saturday

Street Food Cinema presents Pineapple Express in Exposition Park at 8:30 p.m. Arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. for live music by Cashew & Cleary and dinner at a plethora of food trucks. Tickets range from $12 to $17. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Silver Line to 37th St/USC, or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Exposition.)

Headed to the Prohibition Ball at the Culver Hotel? Ditch the jalopy for a safe, easy ride with Metro! Culver City Station is a 10 minute walk from the party, and service runs until 2 a.m. on Saturday. 1920s attire is required, and tickets are $90.

Malaysian-born songstress and DTLA resident Yuna performs for free this Saturday evening at the California Plaza as part of Grand Performance’s summer concert series. We’re digging her take on Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You.” The show starts at 8 p.m., grab dinner at Noe Restaurant or Johnny’s Pizza beforehand and save some money with your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro buses serving Grand, Figueroa, Temple or 1st.)

Sunday

Celebrate Mexican Independence at the “oldest and largest Hispanic parade in the country,” followed by a family-friendly day of culture, entertainment and fun at the East LA Parade and Festival this Sunday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. while the festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. Make sure to have your TAP card handy for a chance to win tickets to a major theme park. (Metro Gold Line to East LA Civic Center Station.)

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Deadline extended for public input on potential bike share locations

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Last month Metro’s Bike Share Implementation Plan team announced it was taking public suggestions for possible Bike share locations in Downtown L.A., Long Beach, Pasadena and Santa Monica as part of a first phase pilot program. See original post here.

To summarize, Metro is developing a regional bikeshare plan where bikes can be borrowed for shot periods of time or short distances.

The original deadline for public input was September 8, but that deadline has now been extended to September 15 so Metro can respond to increasing interest to provide comments.

So, if you haven’t already, visit Metro’s interactive map to make your station suggestions.  You officially have another week!