Reminder: downtown Los Angeles bus detours in effect due to May Day protests

As we posted yesterday, please expect bus detours this afternoon in downtown Los Angeles due to May Day protests. As usual, it’s a bit of a fluid situation as it’s hard to predict how many protestors there will be.

As of 12:30 p.m., 10 bus lines were on detour and Broadway was closed between 11th Street and Olympic. The lines detoured: 2, 4, 28, 30, 40, 45, 728, 733, 740 and 745.

The best way to get up-to-date information is to check the service alerts on the metro.net homepage or to subscribe to Metro’s service alert Twitter feed. Service alerts can also be received by text message on your phone — here’s how to sign up.

How do they do that? Make roads smarter

Photo by Carl Greenlund/Metro

How do they do that? is a series for The Source that explores the technology that helps keep Metro running and passengers and other commuters moving. Some of it applies directly to the trains, buses and freeways and some of it runs in the background — invisible to nearly everyone but essential to mobility in our region.

How do they do that? Make roads smarter

In their future form, smart roads could be the automated highways of tomorrow — the roadways we cruise, possibly in self-driving cars, hooked to a group of other cars headed in the same direction. By traveling together cars can move faster and distances between them can be decreased, since the group accelerates and brakes simultaneously. This maximizes road capacity while it minimizes the chance of accidents, which slow down traffic.

Obviously we’re not there yet. But there are a variety of smart road technologies being used in Los Angeles County and Metro is participating — primarily by helping to fund them — in programs to squeeze more capacity out of streets and freeways. They may not be smart roads of the future, but they are promising advances.

Here’s a quick overview of what’s going on:

•Caltrans and Metro are in talks to mirror a program already running in Orange County on the northbound I-5 freeway. By offering real-time travel comparisons between the freeway and Metrolink, electronic message signs let commuters know when it would be faster to take Metrolink than to stay on the freeway. Comparative travel times would work the same way in L.A. County comparing, say, commute times on the 210 Freeway with the Gold Line speed to Pasadena. The intent is to encourage drivers to consider transit as an option.

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Go Metro Android update with Expo Line added, and iPhone app update

Go Metro app in Google Play

Go Metro app in Google Play

[UPDATE] The Android app update is available for download NOW (!) from Google Play.

As many of you know, the new Go Metro smartphone app recently debuted in the Android store — here’s a Source post about the app’s many fine features. Since then, we’ve received some great feedback and have already submitted an update for the Android app. The update will include:

  • Adding the new Expo Rail Line to the transit data
  • Allowing the app to install on the SD Card, rather than the mobile device (just the app, not the database. We’ll work on allowing the database on SD card for June — in time for the Orange Line opening).
  • Performing an internal storage check before installing the app and database (this will save you a crash when you try to launch the app but there isn’t enough space on your device).

iPhone / iPad

As for iOS, we’re working to get the iPhone version of the app to the public as soon as possible. As of today, we’re still working on final technical revisions with the Apple Store’s technical staff. It’s a day-to-day process, but we hope to have this resolved soon.

Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm and we can’t wait to get you the app!

The art of transit

photo by Craig Dietrich, via Flickr creative commons

Nice photo taken at the Pico station on the Expo Line’s inaugural day.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to sourcemetro@gmail.com or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.

Transportation headlines, Tuesday, May 1

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

It’s been a busy past few days at Metro and we’ve skipped some good headlines. So let’s play catch up…

L.A.’s transit dreams coming true? (The Architect’s Newspaper)

This review of the Expo Line praises the unified design of the stations all the way down the line and the views. Reviewer Alissa Walker says the new line, however, deserves better looking rail cars than what is currently being used.

Scenes from Expo Line, day one (Curbed LA)

Nice photo essay from Saturday.

A low-cost way of improving transit (Grist)

How? Make it fun and whimsical, says this blog post — citing a new e-book titled Making Transit Fun. Among some ideas: putting singers on transit (in Portland in the video below), making bus shelters look giant pieces of fruit, putting slides in subway stations for those who don’t want to take the stairs.

Cars, trains and partisan posturing (New York Times)

This editorial castigates the House of Representatives for refusing to put forth a transportation bill that would continue funding at present levels and help sustain 2.9 million jobs. Instead, the Republican-led House is bent on using the bill to advance other parts of their agenda, such as securing an approval for the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

Bus detours expected in downtown Los Angeles for May Day on Tuesday

Metro Bus service will experience detours in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, May l due to planned marches for National May Day Protest.

Metro plans to run regular Metro Bus and Metro Rail service during the May Day national protest. However, some Metro Bus service in downtown Los Angeles will be detoured and experience delays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The following bus lines are subject to detours depending on street closures: 2, 4, 10(48), 14(37), 16, 316, 18, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, (42), 45, 51 (52), 53, 55, (355), 60, 62, 66, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 83, 84, (68), 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 439, 442, 460, 487, (489) 720, 728, 730, 733, 740, 745, 760, 794, 910.

Metro understands the inconvenience that these events cause for our patrons and ask that they plan their daily trips accordingly and allow for extra time. Every effort will be made to provide real-time information regarding changes in detours throughout the day on the www.metro.net website, the Source and Metro’s service alert feed on Twitter.

For more information on routes and schedules call (323) GO-Metro or (323) 466-3876 or visit Metro’s trip planner at www.metro.net

All Metro rail lines (Metro Red/Purple Line, Metro Blue Line, Metro Green, Metro Expo and Metro Gold Lines) will run on normal schedules.