Go Metro to Kathleen Edwards at the El Rey

The Canadian singer and songwriter plays the El Rey tonight with the doors opening at 7 p.m. The tour is in support of her new album “Voyageur” that features collaborations with Bon Iver and came out to (as usual) good reviews last year. As of 10:50 a.m., tickets are still available.

Edwards has been called everything from a “folk rocker” to a songwriter focusing on themes of “Americana.” Like many songwriters of her type these days, she doesn’t get much airplay on the radio outside of alternative stations. I stumbled on her album “Failer” years ago and have been hooked since.

The El Rey is located in the Miracle Mile district of Wilshire Boulevard between Dunsmuir and Burnside, four blocks west of La Brea. Transit directions to the show are after the jump.

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The art of transit

photo by Joe Goldberg, via Flickr creative commons

A bird’s eye view shot last month of the underground University Link light rail project being constructed in Seattle. The 3.15-mile project will connect downtown Seattle to the University of Washington at a cost of $1.9 billion.

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.

Latest Blue Line service update

Due to several equipment issues throughout entire line, Metro customers are advised to anticipate significant delays today when traveling on the Blue Line.

As of 3:30 p.m., trains are serving ALL stations. Additionally, trains both ways are sharing the northbound track at the following stations: Florence, Slauson and Vernon. This is creating a significant delay due to train congestion and rush hour crowds.

Here is the current service plan in place for affected customers:

Blue Line is running according to the following schedule, subject to delays:

Every 10 min between 7th/Metro and Washington
Every 20 min between Washington and Florence
Every 10 min between Florence and LB Transit Mall
Every other southbound train will turn around at Washington due to limited single track capacity
Every other northbound train will turn around at Florence due to limited single track capacity
Bus shuttles will be provided for passengers on trains that turn around
Power has been restored and trains are sharing one track between Grand and 7th/Metro stations.

Bus shuttles (20 have been requested) are in place between Washington and Florence stations to supplement limited train capacity. Follow train and station announcements for these bus shuttles.

All Blue Line passengers between Long Beach and Imperial/Wilmington should consider using the Silver Line as an alternate.

Silver Line up-charge will be WAIVED for affected Blue Line passengers.
To use the Silver Line from 7th/Metro, walk to Flower/7th in front of The Coffee Bean, board Silver Line “Artesia Transit Center”, exit at Harbor Fwy/I-105 Station and transfer to Green Line trains upstairs.
To use the Silver Line from Imperial/Wilmington, board the Green Line towards Redondo Beach, exit at Harbor Fwy, and proceed downstairs to the Northbound Express bus stop.
Green Line passengers who normally use the Blue Line to travel Downtown may also consider the following alternates:

Norwalk – Use Line 460
Long Beach Boulevard – Use Line 760
Harbor Fwy – Use Silver Line or 450. Express upcharges WAIVED today.
Crenshaw – Use Line 710 or 757 to Purple Line
Hawthorne – Use Line 740
Aviation/LAX – Use LADOT Commuter Express 438 (Rush Only)
Please allow extra travel time, especially when connecting to Metrolink trains or other lines.

If a delay verification is needed for your employer or school, please contact Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 or Fax 213.922.6988. Please click here to view the complete service advisory.

Update on Blue Line delays today

Blue Line:  Monday, March 26, 2012:  due to several equipment issues throughout entire line, please anticipate significant delays today when traveling on the Blue Line.

As of 11:45am, trains are serving ALL stations. Additionally, trains both ways are sharing the northbound track at the following stations: Florence, Slauson, Vernon, San Pedro, Grand, Pico.  This is creating a significant delay due to train congestion and rush hour crowds. Here is the current service plan in place for affected customers:

  • Blue Line is running approximately every 20 minutes w/ intermittent holding delays due to train congestion.
  • Power has been restored and trains are sharing 1 track between Grand & 7th/Metro.
  • Bus shuttles (22 have been requested) are in place between 7th/Metro & Florence stations to supplement limited train capacity.  Follow train & station announcements for these bus shuttles.
  • All Blue Line passengers btwn Long Beach & Imperial/Wilmington should consider using the Silver Line as an alternate.
    • Silver Line upcharge will be WAIVED for affected Blue Line passengers.
    • To use the Silver Line, board the Green Line towards Redondo Beach, exit at Harbor Fwy, and proceed downstairs to the bus stop.
  • Green Line passengers who normally use the Blue Line to travel Downtown may also consider the following alternates:
    • Norwalk – Use Line 460
    • Long Beach Bl – Use Line 760
    • Harbor Fwy – Use Silver Line or 450. Express upcharges WAIVED today.
    • Crenshaw – Use Line 710 or 757 to Purple Line
    • Hawthorne – Use Line 740
    • Aviation/LAX – Use LADOT Commuter Express 438 (Rush Only)
  • Please allow extra travel time, especially when connecting to Metrolink trains or other lines.
  • If a delay verification is needed for your employer or school, please contact Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 or Fax 213.922.6988.

How do they do that? Transmit stories to Transit TV monitors

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.

Metro earns more than $100,000 from the contractor that provides Transit TV each year, helping to subsidize customer-paid fares that cover only 28 percent of the cost of the ride. While this is not a lot of money in terms of the cost of running a huge transit agency like Metro, it’s enough to make it worthwhile and there is no cost to Metro for providing Transit TV.

How do the monitors aboard Metro’s bus fleet receive the programs that change daily? By a specialized digital system created to collect the news, weather and feature programming and transmit it to the buses via Wi-Fi.

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Foothill Extension project completes falsework on new Gold Line bridge

A view of the eastbound 210 freeway in July 2011 before construction began.

A photo of the bridge worksite taken Friday. Photos: Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

Here’s the news release sent Friday from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the Measure R-funded project from Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border:

Construction of the temporary structure required more than 20 full closures of the eastbound I-210 Freeway

MONROVIA, Calif. – Today, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) announced completion of the temporary false-work for the I-210 Gold Line Bridge. The temporary structure, which crosses the eastbound lanes of the I-210 Freeway, was installed over the last several months and was built to support the bridge superstructure during concrete placement. Because the false-work was erected over an active freeway, the work required more than 20 full closures of the eastbound freeway.

“Completion of false-work activity is a major milestone for the project,” said Gary Baker, Director of Construction for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.  “Skanska continues to do an outstanding job on the project, which was exemplified these past few months as they designed and built the false-work structure.”

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