Southbound I-405 full directional closure from Santa Monica Blvd to National Blvd planned for nights of March 24, 25

Southbound I-405 Full Directional Closure Santa Monica to National

Musicians to celebrate Bach’s birthday March 21 with free public performances

Musicians around the world will be celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s 329th birthday this Friday, March 21, with free performances in subways and other public spaces. The idea is to bring a little music into people’s daily lives and hopefully inspire some future classical music lovers!

Several performances will be taking place near the plaza entrances of the following Metro Rail line stations.

  • Universal City, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Civic Center/Grand Park , 11 a.m. – Noon
  • Civic Center/Grand Park, 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Civic Center/Grand Park, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  
  • Universal City, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Civic Center/Grand Park, 7 – 8 p.m.  

These performances are free and open to the public. At this time, event organizers are no longer accepting performer submissions. Those who would like to stay and listen, please be mindful of the pedestrian traffic around you. Also, please be reminded that musical performances are not allowed inside Metro stations.

Construction career kick-off event to be held at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Saturday, March 22

CCIC Save the Date

The Los Angeles Urban League, in collaboration with Walsh Shea Corridor Constructors, Metro and other agencies, invites job-seekers interested in construction careers to attend a kick-off event for the Construction Careers Information Center (CCIC). The CCIC will be operated by Los Angeles Urban League and will serve as a community hub for information about careers, services and skill development opportunities. Event details are as follows:

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
The Bridge
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
4005 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(Presentations will be held every hour, on the hour)

The press release from Metro is after the jump.

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Go Metro Weekends, March 21 – 23


This weekend, there are a ton of events for you to enjoy on this first weekend of spring!

Friday

The Fabulous Forum (formerly The Great Western Forum) is making a stellar return to its glory days with great acts to celebrate its grand re-opening. The celebration continues tonight with Kings of Leon! The show starts at 8 p.m and tickets range from $29.50 – $69.50 (Metro Bus 115 or 212 to Manchester/Prairie)

Saturday

Head out to Nucleus in Alhambra for the kickoff reception for The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The event starts at 3 p.m. with a panel discussion, followed by a Q and A session, then closes out with a book signing. Tickets are $5 or free with purchase of The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman book. (Metro Bus 78 to Main/Stonenam)

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Six Metro divisions recognized as International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 certified facilities

Division 20 EMS Facility Core Team with Chief Operations Officer Debra Johnson and EMS Executive Sponsor K.N. Murthy. Photo: Josh Southwick/Metro.

Division 20 EMS Facility Core Team with Chief Operations Officer Debra Johnson and EMS Executive Sponsor K.N. Murthy. Photo: Josh Southwick/Metro.

Six Metro divisions were recently recognized as International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 certified facilities for their exemplary efforts in developing and implementing Metro’s Environmental Management System (EMS) at their facilities. Over the last month, transportation and maintenance staff at Divisions 9, 10, 11, 20/Location 61, 21 and the Central Maintenance Facility each received their facility’s 14001 certificate.

Becoming ISO 14001 certified signifies a level of international excellence in the operations of a facility and its staff and management. EMS is a collection of best practices that assist the agency in reducing its environmental impact and safety risks as well as minimizing waste and costs. It also improves productivity and efficiency and empowers staff to formulate innovative solutions on critical issues.

Additional Metro divisions are scheduled to be folded into the program and become ISO 14001 certified in the coming months. Metro is considered a leader among the few other ISO 14001 certified transit agencies across the country and is the first to receive this recognition for a multi-site system.

Construction notice: full weekend closure of Foothill Boulevard between Vernon and Orange in Azusa for Gold Line work

From the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the 11.5-mile addition to the Gold Line between eastern Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border:

Full Weekend and One-Way Closures of Foothill Blvd Between Vernon Ave and Orange Ave in Azusa

WHO:  Residents / Commuters / Business Owners in the City of Azusa.

WHAT:  Crews will set the final bridge girders and cross beams for the three rail bridges over Foothill Blvd, starting this weekend, as part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. This activity will require a full street closure (both east and westbound) during the coming weekend, and then daily directional (one-way) closures for up to six weeks in each direction during off-peak travel hours thereafter. During the closures, detour signage will be posted to direct traffic around the work area.

WHEN:

WEEKEND FULL STREET CLOSURE:

-  Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM thru Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM: Foothill Boulevard will be closed to thru-traffic in both directions between Vernon Ave and Orange Ave.

DAILY, OFF-PEAK DIRECTIONAL CLOSURES (UP TO SIX WEEKS IN EACH DIRECTION):

-        Monday, March 24, 2014 thru May 4, 2014: Eastbound Foothill Blvd will be closed to thru-traffic daily between Vernon Ave and Orange Ave during the hours of 4:00 AM – 2:00 PM only.

-        Monday, May 5, 2014 thru June 2014: Westbound Foothill Blvd will be closed to thru-traffic daily between Vernon Ave and Orange Ave during the hours of 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM only.

WHERE: Foothill Boulevard between Vernon Ave and Orange Ave in the City of Azusa.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

-        During the closures, traffic will be detoured and signage will be posted to direct motorists.

-        The sidewalk will remain closed to pedestrians during the full weekend closure; however, pedestrian access will be available on one side of Foothill Boulevard during the “one-way” closures.

-        Motorists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes when possible.

-        Access to all local businesses on Foothill Blvd will remain open at all times.

Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons, including, but not limited to, weather conditions and unforeseen delays.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

-  Visit www.foothillextension.org

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 About the Construction Authority: The Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the California State Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from Union Station to Montclair, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. The Construction Authority built the initial segment from Union Station to Pasadena and is underway on the Gold Line Foothill Extension. The Foothill Extension is a nearly $2 billion extension that will connect Pasadena to Montclair in two construction segments – Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair. The 11.5-mile Pasadena to Azusa segment is fully funded by Measure R and will be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will determine when the line will open for passenger service. Three design-build contracts, totaling more than $550 million, are being overseen by the Construction Authority to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment. The Azusa to Montclair segment is environmentally cleared and is proceeding to advanced conceptual engineering in 2014.

Motion asks Metro to implement a number of several tech initiatives

In July of last year, Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Vice Chair Eric Garcetti and Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont Walker authored a motion asking Metro staff to report back on several technology matters, including ticketing-by-smart phone, wi-fi access at Metro facilities and the possibility of creating an internet-based customer help desk.

Metro staff responded with the following report, which includes the original motion that shows some of the tech efforts underway — including the ability to add to a TAP card by smart phone — and others that are on the radar but need more work and/or funding [pdf here]:

In response, Garcetti and Supervisor and Metro Board Member Don Knabe have submitted a new motion asking staff to go :

One note: To see a list of some third-party apps that have been developed using Metro scheduling data, please click here and then click on the “third party apps” tab. Metro also has some mobile tools available, detailed at the same link.

As for wi-fi on the Gold Line, that was an effort originally pursued several years ago by the Community Redevelopment Agency. After the CRA was legislated out of existence, the project never moved forward.