Century Crunch, Update #2

Looking east on Century Boulevard. Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro.

Looking east on Century Boulevard. Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro.

Road closures were staggered throughout the evening and the intersection of Aviation and Century is now closed. The video below shows equipment being moved into place that will be used to demolish the old railroad bridge in order to make way for the Aviation/Century Station for the Crenshaw/LAX Line.

Please see this earlier post for traffic, detour and transit information for those going to or coming from Los Angeles International Airport this weekend. Long story short: avoid driving in the area, use Sepulveda Boulevard if driving, take the LAX FlyAway bus or use transit. Again, a lot of helpful info in the earlier post, which will remain at the top of the blog roll.

Video by Jose Ubaldo/Metro

It’s (Century) crunch time! Update #1

Looking south earlier Friday evening toward the bridge over Century Boulevard. Some demolition work has already been done. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Looking south earlier Friday evening toward the bridge over Century Boulevard. Some demolition work has already been done. Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

It was pretty quiet near the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards earlier this evening as workers prepared to tear down the old railroad bridge to clear the way for the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s new station. The above photo provides a pretty good view of the scope of the work that needs to be done by Monday morning.

Lane closures in the area around Century and Aviation are now underway with the intersection to be closed soon. Prep work will then be done to protect the roadway with work on the bridge demolition slated to begin about 2 a.m., according to project officials.

Please see this earlier post (the one at the top of the blog!) for detour information and transit help for those trying to reach Los Angeles International Airport this weekend. The short version: avoid driving in the area unless absolutely necessary, give yourself extra time going to and from the airport, take the FlyAway bus as alternative to driving, use Sepulveda Boulevard if driving and consider taking transit to the airport.

Crenshaw/LAX Line Project Director Charles Beauvoir talks to the media late Friday afternoon; Metro Board Member Jackie DuPont-Walker is behind him.

Crenshaw/LAX Line Project Director Charles Beauvoir talks to the media late Friday afternoon; Metro Board Member Jackie DuPont-Walker is behind him.

The view of the bridge from the Aviation/Century intersection.

The view of the bridge from the Aviation/Century intersection.

Concrete railroad ties in the construction yard -- these will eventually be used on the project.

Concrete railroad ties in the construction yard — these will eventually be used on the project.

If headed to LAX over the weekend, check for traffic updates on the airport’s main Twitter feed with the hashtag #centurycrunch. We’ll also be updating the Source over the weekend as well as Metro’s general Twitter feed.

Full closure of the ‘Carmageddon’ Bridge tonight

The Mulholland Bridge over the I-405 — made infamous by Carmageddon I and II — will be fully closed tonight (7/25) so that the deck can be resealed to coat some non-structural cracks that were discovered during routine inspection. The resealing will help ensure the long life of the surface.

Tonight’s closure will begin at 10 p.m. and last until approximately 8 a.m. Saturday. It will be followed by four nights of lane reductions — but not fully closures — Saturday (10 p.m. to 8 a.m.) through Tuesday nights (10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday).

Officials discuss motion seeking to improve Orange Line at media event in NoHo

Three Metro Board Members and other elected officials, activists and business leaders held a media event on Friday morning at the NoHo Orange Line station to discuss the Board’s passage Thursday of a motion calling for feasibility studies of improving the Orange Line and potentially connecting it to Burbank, Glendale and the Gold Line in Pasadena.

A video with some nuggets from the media event is above. Sorry about the shaky camera — I left a key piece of my tripod at home :(

I’ve had several people ask why is this an issue now and the answer is twofold:

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, who represents Van Nuys and the surrounding area, wrote a bill reversing a 1991 bill that banned any kind of rail project on the old Southern Pacific rail corridor that became the Orange Line. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month.

•With a potential Metro ballot measure on the horizon in 2016, officials and activists realized that could be an opportunity to fund such a project but that having some studies done would help this effort.

I can’t emphasize enough that the motion only asks Metro to study possible upgrades for the Orange Line. Despite what may be said, at this time no decisions have been made about any possible improvements, nor is such a project funded or in Metro’s long-range plan.

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Go Metro Weekends, July 25 – 27

#TransitBros having a stare down! Credit: Jon Ross Alexander/Metro

#TransitBros staring each other down! Jon Ross Alexander/Metro

Friday

The FIGat7th Concert Series rolls on with The Internet with BJ the Chicago Kid. This free concert and street festival takes place at FIGat7th, starting at 7 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple or Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro Center Station)

Saturday

Head to National Dance Day at Grand Park! Join hundreds of fellow dancers in grooving to your heart’s content. You can learn the routines here, and don’t forget to pick up a free pair of ‘peace’ sunglasses!  The event is free to the public. Dancing starts at 10 a.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

The WALL farmers’ market takes place this Saturday–and every Saturday thereafter–from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s free to the public, so bring the whole family and explore! Show your valid TAP card at The WALL Information Booth and receive free entrance to The Original LA Flower Market and a free rose while supplies last. ( Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk towards 7th and Wall Street, or Metro Bus 68 to 6th/Los Angeles. Free bike valet also available)

Sunday

Check out the Super Duper Yard Sale happening at  HM157 in Lincoln Heights. Here’s your chance to own a piece of history! There will be some neat items with starting prices of just $1. The yard sale is free to attend and takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Metro Bus 45 to Broadway/Eastlake. Please board bus with Lincoln Heights headsign)

Update: Red and Purple Lines resume normal service

7:32 a.m. Red and Purple Lines resume normal service with some residual delays through 8:30 a.m. Metro thanks you for your patience and understanding.

The Red and Purple Lines are experiencing major service delays due to a track power issue near Vermont/Beverly station. Trains are currently sharing one track between Westlake/MacArthur Park and Vermont/Santa Monica (Red Line) and Wilshire/Normandie (Purple Line) stations. Expect major thru travel delays.

Please consider using alternate routes listed here for your rush hour commute.

For up to the minute updates, follow us on our general twitter account @metrolosangeles or our service alerts account @metroLAalerts.

Transportation headlines, Thursday, July 24

Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Pick your social media poison! 

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department not meeting Metro’s policing goals (L.A. Times)

More coverage of the recent — and critical — audit of Metro and the LASD, which is under contract by Metro to patrol buses, trains, stations and other facilities. In response, both Metro and LASD said that improvements in policing have been made this year. Metro officials have noted that serious crimes are below four incidents per million boardings.

MTA approves study to convert Orange Line to light rail (Daily News)

Metro plan would link light rail systems in San Fernando, San Gabriel valleys (CBS)

Metro Board expected to discuss Orange Line improvements (Post Periodical)

Metro Board to decide light rail plan (San Fernando Valley Business Journal) 

The headlines are a little misleading. The Metro Board today did direct Metro staff to do a preliminary study of potential Orange Line upgrades, including conversion to rail and an extension to the Gold Line in Pasadena. At this point, neither a conversion of the Orange Line to rail or an extension are in Metro’s long-range plan. Nor is such a project funded.

Here’s the big plan to make Union Station finally accessible to walkers and bikers (Curbed LA) 

Coverage of the US Connect plan to build a series of esplanades and other sidewalks and bike lanes that would connect Union Station and the Regional Connector’s 1st/Central Station to neighborhoods such as Boyle Heights, Chinatown, the Civic Center, Little Tokyo and the Arts District.

Gatto and Englander stump state legislation for hit-and-run alert system (Streetsblog L.A.)

Assemblyman Mike Gatto and L.A. Councilman Mitch Englander support a bill written by Gatto that would use electronic sign boards on freeways and other roads to quickly alert motorists when a hit-and-run has occurred, the idea being that it may lead to earlier arrest of suspects. Excerpt:

Assemblymember Mike Gatto enumerated the gruesome hit-and-run statistics: 20,000 hit-and-run collisions take place in L.A. County each year; 4,000 of these result in death or serious bodily injury; only 20 percent of fatal hit-and-run perpetrators are arrested. Gatto relayed the story of a similar alert system in Colorado which resulted in the city of Denver increasing their apprehension rate from 20 percent to 75 percent.

Hard to argue with that. Here’s the bill. It passed the Assembly and is awaiting a vote in the Senate. A companion bill by Gatto would suspend the license of hit-and-run perpetrators.

The forgotten history of L.A.’s failed freeway revolt (CityLab)

Nice reminder that many Boyle Heights residents weren’t exactly standing and cheering as a variety of freeways sliced and diced across their community in the 1950s and ’60s.