Metro's statement on construction worker killed on 405 project early this morning

The statement from Metro:

A construction worker on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project was killed about 2:30 this morning when a steel construction beam fell on him. The accident occurred on the Santa Monica Boulevard off-ramp from the southbound 405. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Metro expresses its deepest condolences to the worker’s family, friends and co-workers. It is the first serious incident on the I-405 project in nearly three years of work. Further work on the entire project has been stopped while the contractor does a thorough safety review. The incident is being investigated by CalOSHA.


Metro bus detours during Endeavour move

Photo: NASA, via Flickr creative commons.

Space Shuttle Endeavour starts its last mission tomorrow night as it begins its slow roll from LAX to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Street closures will be taking place along the 12-mile route. Below are the bus lines that will be affected and here is the map of the shuttle’s route:

View Mission 26: The Big Endeavour in a larger map

Note:  All times below are approximations. LADOT and law enforcement have authority over actual street closure and reopening times. Passengers should expect significant delays on all bus lines operating in the affected areas, including lines that are not on detour but have to cross the Endeavour route at LADOT crossing points (204, 206, 207, 754, 757).  Passengers are encouraged to ride the Expo Line to minimize delays.

Line 111 will detour via Century between La Brea and Western from the beginning of service on Friday, October 12 until approximately 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.

Line 115 will detour via Arbor Vitae and Century between Lincoln and Van Ness from the beginning of service on Friday, October 12 until approximately 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 13.

Lines 210 and 710 will detour via Western between Century and Rodeo from approximately 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 12 through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.  Line 710 will terminate at Jefferson/10th Ave. and will not make stops on Crenshaw at Jefferson or Rodeo.

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Blue and Expo line service back to normal

Regular service on the Blue Line resumed about 8:15 a.m. this morning. A lightning strike — yes, a lightning strike — caused a power disruption to the train between the Willow and Del Amo stations a little before 7 a.m. A test train ran about 8 a.m. and service resumed after that.

Delayed by Blue Line this morning and need delay verification for employer/school? Call Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 or fax them at 213.922.6988.

You can receive service alerts several ways. They’re on the homepage (which also has a mobile version), are also available through Metro’s smartphone app and they’re posted to Metro’s regular Twitter account, as well as Metro’s service alert account.


Transportation Secretary LaHood bring big check to L.A. for Crenshaw/LAX light rail project

From left, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, Santa Monica Councilmember Pam O’Connor, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Lakewood Mayor Diane DuBois, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Congresswoman Janice Hahn. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

A news conference with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was held Wednesday at the Green Line’s Aviation station for the recently announced $545.9-million federally-backed TIFIA loan Metro will receive to help fund construction of the Crenshaw-LAX Line. The loan was first announced in 2010, with the deal closing earlier this month.

Many of the speakers congratulated Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who successfully lobbied Congress to adopt his America Fast Forward program to expand the TIFIA loan program. In plain English: the program will make it far easier for transit agencies to borrow money needed to build projects

“This is a program that the Mayor came to us with,” said Secretary LaHood. “He had a great vision…The U.S. Department of Transportation is very proud to provide the MTA with this $545.9-million TIFIA loan to help build a new light rail line along the Crenshaw corridor.”

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Video from beautiful (and green!) El Monte Station dedication

Pics of new El Monte Station

The ribbon cutting was held this morning for the new El Monte Station — and it's certainly an impressive building. “Has anyone ever seen a more beautiful bus facility?,” asked Metro CEO Art Leahy.

Riders will get a chance to answer that question on Sunday when the station opens to the public. I'm looking forward to hearing taxpayer reactions!

County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Gloria Molina served as master of ceremonies and offered some brief remarks. “The passenger experience at El Monte Station has been brought into the 21st century,” she said, noting the many amenities — including real-time signage with bus information.

Here are a few photos I took with my now ancient iPhone. Those who believe in photographic integrity should note that I do use filters to make it appear that I know what I'm doing.

First off: here's the temporary bus station.

A Silver Line bus on the station's upper level.

Transit stores and bike racks on the station's upper level.


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Iconic sculpture watches over new El Monte Station

Time Piece, a sculpture designed by Donald Lipski for the new El Monte Station, which includes three double sided clocks, and is suspended by a network of cables from a 30 foot tall stainless steel arch.

An iconic, large-scale sculpture by Donald Lipski is installed at Metro’s new El Monte Station, which is opening Oct. 14!

Click here for a Source post documenting the installation of this artwork, and here for more information on Donald Lipski’s work.

Read the full press release:

Iconic Sculpture Watches over new El Monte Station


      An iconic sculpture by Donald Lipski will welcome transit riders at the new El Monte Station, set to open to the public on October 14. A project of Metro’s art program, the artwork provides an aesthetic and contextual landmark at the newly expanded bus hub.

      Lipski, whose monumental works of art inhabit public environments throughout the United States, created a clock tower–with a twist. Entitled Time Piece, the artwork incorporates three traditional clocks within a highly contemporary framework. The functional, double-sided clocks are minimally suspended from a sweeping, 30-foot tall stainless steel arch using a web of thin stainless steel cables. The clocks are internally illuminated and in total provide six clock faces. Each clock weighs a hefty 350 lbs.

Lipski’s take on a modern-day clock tower was inspired by visits toEl Monte, and by imagining the hustle and bustle at the new transit hub.

      “As the busiest bus station west of Chicago, and as a new hub of civic activity and development, the new terminal demanded something bold, memorable and dynamic,” Lipski said. “Having a vertical artwork as a focus will add immeasurably to creating a gathering place in the plaza.”

      “Lipski’s work grabs the attention of our customers as they enter or exit the station,” said Maya Emsden, Deputy Executive Officer at Metro, “and his playful use of traditional clocks in this uniquely eye-catching arrangement has become an instant icon for the area.”

      For centuries, clock towers have been prized civic monuments and meeting places, particularly at transit hubs. Time Piece pays homage to this tradition but is updated to contemporary times and the specific context of the bold, modern architecture of the new facility.       One side of the clock faces, as customers enter the bus terminal, is modern and says “Metro.” The opposite clock faces, as customers leave the station says “El Monte” and incorporates the city seal. All six clock faces display the same exact time. 

       Donald Lipski is an internationally renowned sculptor with works represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), theWalkerArtCenter(Minneapolis), and the Chicago Institute of Art and has received the coveted Rome Prize from theAmericanAcademy inRome. 

      The clocks were manufactured by The Verdin Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. A maker of clocks and bells, which has been operated by six generations of the Verdin family since 1842. Assembly for all the sculptural components, the arch and the clocks was completed by JunoWorks, a specialty metal fabricator with a history of uniquely creative projects. Artwork installation at the station plaza was provided by KPRS Construction Services, Inc. with oversight from the artist, JunoWorks and Metro Art staff.


El Monte Station
Built in the 1970s, the original transit center was the busiest bus-only station west of theMississippi. The station was demolished to make way for a new two-level station, doubling its previous size and will accommodate up to 40,000 daily riders. The new station has modern amenities including variable message signs, intercoms, closed circuit television, solar panels, wayfinding equipment and information displays, new elevators and escalators, a transit store, bike stations and lockers.


Metro Art Program

From rail and bus stations to transit facilities, construction fences and poetry cards, Metro Art enriches the transit environment and contributes to the artistic vibrancy of the neighborhoods we serve. Metro commissions artists to create engaging artworks that make the journey more inviting and pleasurable for transit users. The artworks mirrorLos AngelesCounty’s rich contemporary and popular cultures.


Established in 1989, the Metro Art program has commissioned over 300 artists for a wide variety of temporary and permanent projects. Artists are selected through a peer review process with community input. All works are created specifically for their transit-related sites. Metro’s public art policy allocates one half of one percent of project construction costs for art.


More information and free docent guided tours:  visit or call 213/922-4ART
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