90-day closure of southbound I-5 Western Avenue on-ramp to start April 6

From Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the southbound I-5 Western Avenue on-ramp from Sunday, April 6 to Sunday, July 6 to widen the freeway overcrossing above Western Avenue.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.

About the Project

This project is building a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a total distance of 5.4 miles (2.7 miles in each direction). It is also constructing sound walls and retaining walls.

Funding for this $57.8 million project is provided by Proposition C.  The contractor is Security Paving of Sun Valley, California.  Work began in March 2011 and is expected to be completed in late 2014.

Caltrans thanks motorists for their patience and understanding during construction.

This week’s closures for I-5 Truck Lanes Project

A few closures will be implemented this week along the I-5, here are the details from Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below as part of a project that is constructing truck lanes on I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14).

Ramp closures will be nonconsecutive. Detours will be signed. No unusual levels of dust, noise or vibration are expected. Closures are subject to change.

For the safety of the construction crew and motorists, please be attentive to closures, slow for the cone zone, and move over one lane where possible.

Closure information for this and other freeway projects is available on the Caltrans website: http://www.lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov/lcswebreports/

For real-time traffic information, visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov, go511.com, or call 5-1-1.

Closure Dates: Monday, March 24, through Saturday, March 29, 2014



  • Up to three lanes of northbound I-5 between the end of the existing truck lane and Lyons Avenue: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Note: At least one lane will be open at all times. The most restrictive closures (i.e., the most lanes closed) will occur between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.



  • Up to three lanes of southbound I-5 between Lyons Ave. and the end of the existing truck lane: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Note: At least one lane will be open at all times. The most restrictive closures (i.e., the most lanes closed) will occur between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.


  • Southbound I-5 to northbound SR-14: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Calgrove Boulevard: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About the Project

This project is widening the freeway and bridges to add a truck lane to the outside of I-5 in both directions by paving the median area and outside shoulder, and shifting the mixed-flow lanes inward. Three median retaining walls and two short sections of outside retaining walls will be built to accommodate this widening. The southbound truck lane will extend from Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue to SR-14 (3.7 miles), while the northbound lane will run from SR-14 to Gavin Canyon (1.4 miles).

The new truck lanes will ease traffic delays, improve goods movement, absorb traffic growth due to population increase (both residential and commercial), and enhance safety by separating truck traffic from passenger vehicles.

Construction began in May 2012 and will be completed in late 2014. Funds administered by Metro. For more information, visit I-5info.com.


Go Metrolink to Angels versus Dodgers this weekend

Metrolink passengers, of course, can take the Dodger Stadium Express bus from Union Station to Dodger Stadium, meaning no hassles with parking.

The Dodgers are actually 2-0 already this season but return home from Australia for a pair of exhibition games against the Angels before resuming their regular season next Sunday night at San Diego. I know. Weird way for Major League Baseball to treat the fans that support the Dodgers and Diamondbacks on a regular basis.

In any event, there is extra Metrolink service to the Angels games this week, which usually draw big crowds. At the media event for the Dodger Stadium Express earlier, Dodgers officials said they’ve already sold three million tickets for the upcoming season. Big crowds mean big traffic in the stadium parking lot.

Rail Series rack cards


Dodger Stadium Express gears up for the 2014 season

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means it’s almost time for baseball season! The Dodgers have returned from Australia for a pre-season game versus the Angels on Thursday, March 27, and the Dodger Stadium Express will be ready to go for game time.

The Dodger Stadium Express runs between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodger Stadium and is free to those holding game tickets. The details for Dodger Stadium Express service:

  • Board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.
  • Service leaves Union Station every 5-10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game time through the 3rd inning for all home games. We recommend arriving early; crowds are heaviest near game time.
  • Your Dodger ticket is good on gameday for the Dodger Stadium Express fare; otherwise, regular Metro fares apply.
  • NEW for 2014: You can exit inside Dodger Stadium at one of two stops – behind Center Field and at the Top Deck. Service will pick up at the same stops after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.
  • A second dedicated bus lane will be in place along Sunset Blvd. to allow for quicker departure of buses.


Metrolink is also getting into the swing of things with special train service on the Orange County Line from Oceanside to Union Station for the March 27 and 28 games as the Dodgers play against cross-town opponents, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The cost to ride the train is $7 round trip.

Keep reading after the jump for the official press release from Metro:

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Full SB 405 closure between 101 and Getty Center Drive nights of March 26, 27

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor plans to install joint seals on the Sepulveda Boulevard undercrossing near Sherman Oaks, work that will require the full closure of the southbound I-405 between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive off-ramp from midnight Wednesday, March 26 through 5 a.m. Thursday, March 27, and again from midnight Thursday, March 27, through 5 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014.


Additional Closures

  •          Ramps begin closing at 7 p.m.
  •          Lanes begin closing at 10 p.m.
  •          US 101 southbound connector to the southbound I-405
  •          US 101 northbound connector to the southbound I-405
  •          Southbound Burbank Boulevard on-ramp
  •          Southbound Ventura Boulevard on- and off-ramps
  •          Southbound Valley Vista Boulevard on- and off-ramps
  •          Southbound Skirball Center Drive on- and off-ramps

Detour Routes

  •          From I-405 south: exit Burbank Boulevard, travel east to Sepulveda Boulevard, and southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard to the southbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp.
  •          From US 101 south: exit Van Nuys Boulevard, south on Van Nuys Boulevard, west on Ventura Boulevard, south on Sepulveda Boulevard to the southbound Getty Center Dr on-ramp.
  •          From US 101 north: take I-405 northbound and exit Burbank Boulevard, east on Burbank Boulevard, south on Sepulveda Boulevard to the southbound Getty Center Dr on-ramp.

What to expect:

  •         Work is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
  •         Emergency access will be maintained at all times.
  •         For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/405 or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/405project.

Transportation headlines, Monday, March 24

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Cool pic of March gloom.

O’Hare CTA station closed for foreseeable future because of considerable damage from crash (Chicago Tribune) 

A Chicago Transit Authority train failed to stop at the end-of-the-line station at O’Hare International Airport early Sunday morning and jumped the track and came to rest on an escalator. About 30 people aboard the train were injured and none of the injuries are life threatening, officials said. Excerpt:

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The train was traveling at a high rate of speed while pulling into the station and officials are trying to determine why, Steele said.

“We don’t know yet what led to this incident,” Steele said. “We will be looking at everything — equipment, signals, the human factor, any extenuating circumstances.”

The National Transportation Safety Board also will investigate the crash.

The train operator suffered an injury to a leg. She is being tested for drugs and alcohol as is standard procedure after such an incident. Thankfully the crash happened at 3 a.m. when there were very few people around the platform.

Miracle Mile freaking out over possible 24-hour subway work (Curbed LA)

Some residents aren’t too pleased with the prospect of round-the-clock work on the Purple Line Extension, but Curbed LA says that Metro’s proposals thus far only involve 24-hour work for parts of 2015 and again in parts of 2021 — not nine continuous years of work.

Maybe transit isn’t surging after all (The Atlantic Cities) 

More pushback against the American Public Transportation Association’s recent press release touting that transit ridership was at its highest point since 1956. As several outlets have noted, the U.S. has almost doubled its population since 1956, meaning that far fewer people overall are using mass transit in America. As the Atlantic Cities notes, since the early 1970s, there is less than one transit trip per week per person in the country.

Of course, APTA does advocate for the transportation industry, including both public agencies and private firms that operate transit and manufacture equipment. With Congress considering a new multi-year transportation funding bill, APTA needs to make the case that transit ridership is up. If looked like in a silo, it is. And that’s good. But, like others, I’d rather see the big view of things in order to figure out the best way to build transit systems that will give people a choice outside of driving.

The death knelling over Citi Bike (Next City)

Reports of the bike rental/sharing program in New York are probably over-stated, says the blog — blaming recent problems on Gotham’s harsh winter and some system software issues that plagued the program when it first started.

I heart M15 (Vimeo)

Fun video from the express bus in New York.

Go Metro to get 10% off books at Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest

Grand Park’s annual Downtown Bookfest comes to town Saturday, March 29 from 12 – 5 p.m. Experience the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based presses and publishers along with readings, music and more! The event is free and open to the public.

Show your valid TAP card to any cashier at the Writ Large pop-up shop (representing local authors and presses including Red Hen Press) or The Library Store on Wheels and save 10% on your purchase.

Get to Grand Park via the Metro Red/Purple Line Civic Center/Grand Park Station. Numerous buses also stop at the park on Grand, Hill, Broadway and Spring. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.