Good morning! The gavel just thwacked the tabletop, setting in motion the final Metro Board of Directors meeting of 2013.
The 13-member Board serve as the final deciders of most things Metro. Learn more about them here.
The agenda is above. If you are not one of the lucky ones who can attend the meeting in person, listen in by phoning 213-922-6045.
Welcome to the 12 Days of Metro Instagram scavenger hunt contest! Here’s the clue for day 1:
What the Dickens, Culver City?
Here’s how to play.
1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave
Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $130. For official contest rules, click here.
Trains are resuming regular service on the Metro Gold Line between Union Station and Soto Station. Bus Shuttles serving the affected segment have been cancelled.
Service was disrupted this evening due to loss of power between Little Tokyo/Arts District and Mariachi Plaza. Metro thanks those impacted for their patience.
For up-to-the-minute status updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.
At approximately 4:15 p.m. Metro Gold Line lost power between Little Tokyo/Arts District and Mariachi Plaza, resulting in ongoing suspended service between Union Station and Soto Station.
Metro is providing supplemental shuttle bus service from Union Station to Soto Station. Bus shuttles depart Union Station from Patsaouras Transit Plaza. Metro customers utilizing this service should anticipate delays of up to 20 minutes to their usual commute. Customers can also utilize Dash D for service between Union Station and Little Tokyo/Arts District (Temple/Alameda) and Line 30 for service between Little Tokyo/Arts District and Soto Station.
The incident is currently under investigation. Metro will provide updates on this incident as they become available. Thank you for your patience as we work to restore regular service as fast as possible.
The “12 Days of Metro” Instagram scavenger hunt contest begins tomorrow at 8 a.m.!
The contest will run each weekday through Friday, Dec. 12. Here’s how it works: each weekday at 8 a.m. Metro will post a clue on its Instagram account.
- Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
- Solve the daily riddle, which will involve a location accessible by Metro
- Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
- Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
- Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave
Submissions showing the correct location and tags will be entered to win the daily prize from some of Metro’s Destination Discounts partners! The contest will close at 6 p.m. each business day; submissions posted after 6 p.m. will not be included.
The daily winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Metro’s Instagram the following day. Prizes include theatre tickets, restaurant gift cards and more! Click here for the official contest rules, terms and conditions.
As part of the service changes taking effect on Sunday, December 15, two new stops on the 704 Rapid Line on Santa Monica Boulevard. Here is the news release:
Bus riders in West Hollywood get a holiday present as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) adds Metro Rapid service to two bus stops on Santa Monica Boulevard near Plummer Park.
Beginning Sunday, December 15, 2013, Metro Rapid line 704 will stop on westbound Santa Monica Boulevard at North Gardner Street and eastbound Santa Monica at Fuller Avenue. Prior to the change only the Metro 4 line serviced the stops. The Metro 4 line is local service that picks up and drops off at every bus stop, while the 704 Rapid service makes stops about every 3/4 of a mile.
In a recent analysis of service and ridership Metro staff recommended Rapid stops closer to Plummer Park. Currently, the distance from Plummer Park to the nearest Rapid stop is about a half-mile, which is considered too far to walk for many senior citizens who use the park and rely on Metro.
Line 4 local service has an average of 22,663 daily boardings on the route that begins in Downtown Los Angeles and ends in West Los Angeles. The Metro 704 Rapid service has an average of 11,307 daily boardings. Before the change, the nearest Rapid stops were at Santa Monica and Fairfax and Santa Monica and La Brea.
Metro Rapid service is successfully reducing travel times in some of Los Angeles County’s busiest transit corridors. Buses arrive every 3-10 minutes during peak commute times, carry a bus signal priority system that reduces traffic delays at intersections by extending green lights and the distinctive red and silver color scheme makes it easy to identify Metro Rapid stops and buses.
Final Update 2:53 p.m.: The Blue Line is resuming normal service after earlier damage to overhead wires was repaired at 9th and Long Beach Boulevard in Long Beach. Bus shuttles have been cancelled between Anaheim St. and the Long Beach Loop, and trains resume regular service to all stations.
Delayed by Blue Line this morning and need delay verification for employer/school? Call Customer Relations 213.922.6235 / Fax 213.922.6988.
Metro thanks you for your patience as repairs were made as quickly as possible.