Due to a fatal accident involving a pedestrian at the Del Amo station in Long Beach shortly before 3 p.m., Blue Line service will be delayed this afternoon with trains currently single-tracking around the accident.
Sure, riding Metro saves you from the stress of traffic, reduces your environmental impact and lowers your monthly transportation costs – but did you know it also entitles you to a bunch of great deals around L.A.? That’s what Destination Discounts is all about – and The Source is here to make sure you don’t miss out. Every week we’ll highlight our favorite deals from Metro’s local partners – destinations, sporting events, concerts, museums, theme parks, shops and more – and provide all the info you need to take advantage of these offers.
This week in Arts/Entertainment:
- Save $10 on East West Players KRUNK FU BATTLE BATTLE
- Catch a Metro dining discount at Hollywood & Highland Center and a free jazz concert
This week in Sports:
This week in Family Friendly:
This week in Museums:
This week in Dining:
- $1 off General Admission tickets to Foodtruck Chow Down at Los Angeles State Historic Park
- Save 15% Casey’s Irish Pub
- Save 10% off at Night Toast
- Don’t forget to check out the other participating restaurants offering discounts to Metro riders in our Destination Discounts Dining Map.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming Destination Discount promotions:
- June 16 – June 26: Save $2 on tickets to the Los Angeles Film Festival
- June 16 – June 26: Save $2 off merchandise at the Hollywood Fringe Festival
- June 18: Receive a free beverage at Educating Young Minds’ ACCESS/NO EXCUSE Website Launch Celebration
- June 18: Receive a Free Ticket to Keren Ann Show at Make Music Pasadena
- June 25: Get $1 off admission to the NoHo Rockin’ Food Truck Fest
- June 26: Receive a free beverage at L.A. Taco & Music Festival
Don’t forget to check out our NoHo Destination Discount round-up.
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A news conference was held this morning at the Skirball Cultural Center about the upcoming full 405 freeway closure through the Sepulveda Pass from the evening of Friday, July 15, through the early morning of Monday, July 18, because of the partial demolition of the Mulholland Bridge.
Here are a few quick points made by elected and agency officials who spoke:
•Several elected officials used no uncertain terms to predict how bad traffic will be that weekend. “It will be an absolute nightmare,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who added that widening the 405 and adding a northbound carpool lane will improve the freeway for many future years. “There’s obvious long-term gain but there will be short-term pain.”
•County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (in the above photo), who has represented the area for 30-plus years, asked motorists to literally steer clear of the area. He added that there are no alternate routes in the immediate vicinity of the 405 that will work well — i.e. none of the obvious canyon roads linking the San Fernando Valley to the Westside. “I know every shortcut,” Yaroslavsky said. “Not one of them is going to work. They’re all going to be jammed.”
•All officials urged the public to plan ahead for the closure, cut discretionary car trips that weekend and/or stay home. Caltrans District 7 Director Michael Miles said that backups on other freeways could be felt far beyond the Valley and Westside.
Here’s the update from the Expo Line Construction Authority:
photo by Friend of Expo Line, via submission
The future is almost now, eh? The photo was taken recently at the intersection of Vermont and Exposition.
To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.
The Virtues of Investing in Transportation (New York Times)
Another day, another article about the need for the U.S. to get serious about infrastructure spending – and why it just makes good economic sense. One of the most salient points made in this article: investing in public infrastructure helps the private sector. Seems like common sense, but as the article notes, infrastructure spending is at about the same level it was in 1968 (taking into account inflation and depreciation).
Put Union Station Tie in Streetcar Vision (L.A. Downtown News)
The Downtown News thinks that failing to link the proposed downtown streetcar to Union Station would be an oversight akin to the Green Line passing just short of LAX. Despite the higher cost that would almost certainly be involved in bringing the streetcar to Union Station, the authors feel it’s worth the cost because it would tap into the ridership base already coming into Union Station and encourage more car-free trips by linking to the larger transit system. Personally, I agree with the editorial – if you’re going to spend the money on a streetcar, it pays to ensure it’s tightly integrated into our growing transit network.
Top Ten Reasons to Have the Subway Station at Constellation & Avenue of the Stars (Century City Chamber of Commerce)
Who doesn’t love a top 10 list? The Century City Chamber of Commerce has put one together in defense of putting the subway station at Constellation & Avenue of the Stars – in the heart of Century City. I found #9 an interesting reason: “Will reduce the need for shuttles to bring passengers from the outside fringe areas on Santa Monica Blvd., to the center of the business district.” The Santa Monica station is about a five minute walk from the more centrally located Constellation/Avenue of the Stars station – would businesses feel compelled to provide shuttles for employees if the station was located on Santa Monica? It’s something I hadn’t considered before.
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.
- 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.
Date: through Wednesday.
After 8:15pm, Blue Line trains run every 30 minutes due to construction work for the future Expo Line. Please see schedule here.
Dates: through Thursday.
Due to track maintenance work after 8:30pm, trains from North Hollywood will depart up to 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: through Thursday.
Due to track maintenance from 9am to 2pm, westbound trains will depart 4 minutes earlier than regular schedule. Trains will leave Norwalk at 9:07am, 9:22am, 9:37am, 9:52am and every 15 minutes until 1:51pm, and then regular schedule.
Dates: through Friday.
Advisories for Lines 460, 550, Metro Silver Line, Line 66 and Lines 76, 487 after the jump. Continue reading