Photos: Neptune Winds brings their music to Union Station

Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

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Metro would like to thank Neptune Winds of the Colburn Conservatory of Music for playing in Union Station during the afternoon rush hour on Friday as part of the ongoing Metro Presents series. We hope everyone enjoyed the music! Click above to see larger versions of the photos.

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All 14 street crossings now complete for Gold Line Foothill Extension!

Photo: Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

The Foothill Extension crossing of Mountain Avenue near the Monrovia and Duarte border. Photo: Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

Here’s the news release with the good news from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the independent agency building the 11.5-mile project between Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border:

MONROVIA, CA – On the heels of last week’s completion of all light rail track installation for the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) announced today that the agency has achieved another major milestone for the project – completion of all 14 at-grade (or street-level) crossings for the 11.5-mile light rail extension. The final grade crossing work, at Mountain Ave., was completed this week – three months ahead of schedule.

Work began on the grade crossings in February 2013, and required long-term closures of each street. Each grade crossing received upgrades to underground utilities, the roadway, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, in addition to installation of light rail track, signals, and communications and safety equipment.

“Completing the at-grade crossings is an important milestone for the project, keeping us on time and on budget,” stated Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian. “We are now less than a year from turning the project over to Metro, and having the crossings complete means that most of the risk on the project is behind us.”

Construction took place at the following at-grade crossings:

•First Avenue and Santa Clara Street, Arcadia

•Mayflower Avenue, Monrovia

•Magnolia Avenue, Monrovia

•Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia

•California Avenue, Monrovia

•Mountain Avenue, Monrovia & Duarte

•Buena Vista Avenue, Duarte

•Highland Avenue, Duarte

•Virginia Avenue, Azusa

•San Gabriel Avenue, Azusa

•Azusa Avenue, Azusa

•Alameda Avenue, Azusa

•Dalton Avenue, Azusa

•Pasadena Avenue, Azusa

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Your Friday Send-off: Taylor Swift – Out of the Woods

After having Shake It Off shoved in my face from every corner of the TV, radio and internet, I was ready to write-off Taylor Swift’s upcoming new album. The single is catchy, but pedestrian. However, if Out of the Woods is the song that is supposed to embody the spirit of the album, I might give it a chance after all. (Although I can’t say I like Welcome to New York much either…but I could just be biased against songs about NYC. L.A. all the way!)

If enjoying music on bus or train, please remember to use your headphones. And if you want to tell me what I “should” be listening to, let me know in the comments or tweet me at @metrolosangeles!

Patsaouras Transit Plaza is reopening; no health threats to passengers

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles Fire Department have declared Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station to be free of any health threats, including the Ebola virus.

The Transit Plaza will reopen shortly to regular Metro bus service and bus service by other providers.

Patsaouras Transit Plaza closed at Union Station due to medical situation

Metro buses and the FlyAway Bus are boarding at Cesar Chavez and Vignes Avenue until further notice. Please follow service alerts on the metro.net homepage and our Twitter feed for updates.

Here is information provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:

At 1417 hours today, a male approached MTA security at Union Station and stated that he was feeling very ill. The male had just exited a Flyway bus. The male said he had returned from Nigeria three (3) weeks ago. He was with his family on the bus. The status of the other bus passengers is unknown. The bus is holding at Union Station with the driver.

The Union Station bus turnaround area is current closed and LA City Fire is on scene.

This situation is developing and more information will follow as we get it.

The World Health Organization this week declared Nigeria to be free of transmission of the Ebola virus.

Metro Presents: Neptune Winds in Union Station Waiting Room this Friday

Photo courtesy of Neptune Winds.

Photo courtesy of Neptune Winds.

Start your weekend with some classical, contemporary and popular music in the Union Station Waiting Room. Neptune Winds of the Colburn Conservatory of Music will be performing on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as part of Metro Presents. Drop by and enjoy the tunes!

New Metro video: how to slay Nextrip, sings Rusty Eye

And here is the third of the new videos from Metro’s marketing team, this one featuring Hollywood-based Rusty Eye promoting Nextrip, which allows users to get real-time bus and train arrival information on GPS-enabled smart phones or computers.

The new videos are intended as a fun way to help folks learn to ride the Metro system and remind everyone that taking transit can be fun and/or interesting. Please feel free to share/comment/review on social media using the hashtag #metrorocks. Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The first video featured Galactic Flo promoting Metro’s and Google’s trip planner. The second video had the folk duo Steps of Doe explaining how to reload your TAP card at ticket machines.

One other note: the musicians who appear in the videos (and the firm that made them, Conceptive, Inc.) are entirely local. If you’re a musician and would like to share your song about local transit, you can email us here.