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Due to track maintenance between 9:15am and 2:00pm, Eastbound trains to Norwalk will leave 10 minutes later than regular schedule.
- Eastbound trains to Norwalk will depart Redondo Beach at 9:21am, 9:40am, 9:59am, 10:14am, 10:29am, 10:44am and every 15 minutes through 1:59pm, then 2:09pm and resume regular schedule.
- Westbound trains to Redondo Beach will depart Norwalk on regular schedule.
- During this time, trains in both directions will share ONE track at Hawthorne Station. Please check train destination signs and station announcements before boarding.
Dates: today only.
After 8:15pm, Blue Line trains run every 30 minutes due to construction work for the future Expo Line. Please see schedule here.
Dates: today only.
Due to track maintenance work after 8:30pm, trains from North Hollywood will depart 5 minutes later than regular schedule. Inbound trains to Union Station will depart North Hollywood at 8:59pm, 9:19pm, 9:39pm, and every 20 minutes until 12:39am, and then 12:54am. Times are approximate and subject to minor work related delays.
During this time, trains in both directions will share ONE track at Hollywood/Highland & Hollywood/Vine Stations. Please check train destination signs and announcements before boarding.
Dates: today only.
Due to street paving the listed line will be on detour between between San Vicente Blvd. & La Cienega Blvd.
Northbound: Regular route to La Cienega Blvd. and Beverly Blvd., then continue via La Cienega Blvd., to (L) Melrose Ave., (R) San Vicente Blvd., (R) Division 7 and regular route.
Southbound: Depart the layover Five (5) minutes after scheduled departure time via (L) San Vicente Blvd. (L) Melrose Ave. (R) La Cienega Blvd. and regular route.
Dates: 8am-5pm, today only.
Due to vehicle testing after 9pm, southbound trains to East LA or Union Station may depart Sierra Madre Villa 2 minutes later than normal.
- Southbound trains may depart Sierra Madre Villa at 9:22pm, 9:42pm, 10:02pm, 10:22pm and every 20 minutes until last train at 12:40am. Times are approximate and subject to minor work related delays.
- Southbound trips continuing to East LA Atlantic will depart on regular schedule from Union Station.
- During this time, trains in both directions will share ONE track at Allen Station. Please check train destination signs and announcements before boarding.
Dates: through Friday.
Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro.
The actor Erik Estrada, aka Officer Frank Poncharello from “CHiPs,” was cool enough to help tape a public service announcement this morning advising motorists of the upcoming 405-Sepulveda Pass closure the weekend of July 16-17.
I’m sure the fine Officer will be reminding motorists to plan ahead for the closure, avoid area roads and/or stay home.
Metro officials participate in today's online chat: from left at the keyboard are K.N. Murthy, community relations manager Yvette Rapose and Doug Failing. Photo by Juan Ocampo/Metro.
Metro held a live chat this afternoon to area residents a chance to quiz two agency officials — Doug Failing, the Executive Director of Highway Programs, and Krishniah Murthy, Executive Director of Transit Project Delivery — about the July 16-17 weekend closure of the 405 over the Sepulveda Pass.
If this is the first you’re hearing of it, welcome back to Earth! And the Dodgers are doing great!
The entire chat transcript is online here. Below are a few choice questions and answers I thought may most interest readers:
Chat Participant: It’s easy to understand the impact the closing will have on the 405, 10, 101, and PCH. Can you share your predictions for the potential impact upon freeways that are not directly connected to the area involved – e.g. the 110, 105 and 5? Thank you. Hamilton Cloud, office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Doug: In general, all the freeway routes in Los Angeles will experience much higher volume and on some selected routes a great deal more congestion during this weekend. The routes close to central business district (5, 10, 60, 101, 110 and 210) will experience the most congestion since these are the closest routes to the project area. The idea of staying home and shopping locally isn’t just for the Westside and San Fernando Valley. It’s really going to take all of us Angelenos working together (downtown, South Bay, San Gabriel Valley and Gateway Cities area) by staying home and shopping locally to keep our region moving. Some of us can’t stay home but most of us can. We should.
The rendering shows temporary lane closures for initial excavation prior to installation of concrete decking.
I’ll cut right to the part of the new construction fact sheet for the Westside Subway Extension that will likely interest you most:
Construction timing for the Project is dependent upon how the funding package for the project comes together. Presuming that the environmental clearance process concludes in 2011 and funding is secured, final design and contractor selection processes would occur in 2012.
It is likely that early utility relocation work and removal of paleontological resources (fossils) below Wilshire Bl in the vicinity of the La Brea Tar Pits could start sometime in 2012, with heavier construction starting on tunnels and stations in 2013. If funding is secured to build the 9-mile extension all at the same time, construction along the entire alignment to the Westwood/VA Hospital could potentially be completed by 2022. In this case, several pairs of TBMs would be used, tunneling various segments of tunnel at the same time, with work proceeding on all stations simultaneously.
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Details after the jump. Continue reading
Just another reminder that the chat will be online today from noon to 1 p.m. with a link on the Metro homepage. Direct link: http://metro.multicity.com/
Answering your questions about the 53-hour closure on the weekend of July 16-17 will be Doug Failing, Metro’s Executive Director of Highway Projects, and K.N. Murthy, Executive Director of Transit Project Delivery for Metro.
Here’s a recent news release about the chat. The closure — as I’m sure you’re aware by now — is being done for the partial demolition of the Mulholland Bridge as part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.
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 blog.
American cars are getting heavier and heavier. Is that dangerous? (Slate)
From 1987 to 2010 American cars have packed on an extra 800 pounds on average, going from roughly 3,200 to 4,000 pounds. The implications for crash safety seem clear: Heavier vehicles hold up better in a crash, but are also more likely to inflict fatal injuries on other drivers and especially on bicyclists and pedestrians. But there’s an ironic rub to all of this: Fatal car crashes reached an all-time low in 2010, in part because newer cars are packed full of safety features — roll cages, airbags, suspension systems, etc. — which tend to add more weight. Some of the numbers, of course, reflect the SUV craze of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
L.A. Live owners partner with Metrolink to offer public transportation options to events in downtown L.A. (AEG Press Release)
One of the big questions surrounding AEG’s proposed downtown football stadium is how 70,000 people are going to get there. Because if they all chose to drive, it’s not going to be pretty on the 110 freeway or other roads. AEG officials have announced that they’re working with Metrolink to devise a regional strategy that maximizes transit use. Here’s one carrot for transit riders: “The plan will consist of incentives that include bundling transit passes with event tickets and other amenities for riders coming to events.” As AEG works to obtain project approval from the city of L.A., this is a positive sign that they are hearing residents’ transportation-related concerns. L.A. Streetsblog called it “a good start.”
Burbank: JetBlue passengers ride free on Metrolink to and from Bob Hope Airport (L.A. Times)
Metrolink deserves a ton of credit for trying out a lot of different incentives to boost ridership. There’s the all-weekend pass, the Angel Stadium trains, and new express routes to name a few. And now JetBlue passengers flying out of Burbank Airport, which has its own Metrolink stop, will get a free ride on the commuter rail system on the day of their trip. Just make sure to print out a hard copy of your boarding pass to present ticket checkers.
LADOT GM de la Vega on better data, multi-modalism and, yes, pedi-cabs (L.A. Streetsblog)
Jaime de la Vega is the incoming general manager at the city of L.A.’s Department of Transportation, so L.A. Streetsblog solicited questions from readers for a Q&A. My impression is that de la Vega understands the need for better transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure — his challenge will be to make sure those plans are given priority and implemented in a timely manner. One particularly important point to draw out: The agency is transitioning from studying projects based on how they impact “traffic” (aka cars), to studying the effects of projects on all road users, regardless of how they are traveling. This should help tilt the scale in favor of giving priority on city streets to transit riders, as is the case on the Wilshire BRT project.