Take the Expo Line to L.A. K-Pop Festival on Saturday

Whether you’re planning on attending the Festival of Books (go Metro to save 10% on festival merch!) or the L.A. K-Pop Festival, there’s no question the Expo Line is the way to go.

The free K-Pop Festival takes place on Saturday, April 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and both Expo/Vermont and Expo Park/USC Station will be able to drop you off at the festival’s doorstep. The festival itself–with food trucks, booths, etc.–starts at 10 a.m. and there’s a free concert in the evening. (Though free, tickets are required.) Metro will be running enhanced service on both the Blue and Expo Line to accommodate attendees to both events.

Check out videos below to see a sample of who will be performing. Don’t worry, you don’t have to understand Korean to enjoy the music!

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Service Alert: Major morning delays on the Gold Line due to continuing repairs

Metro crews working on repairing the Gold Line on Thursday morning. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Metro crews working on repairing the Gold Line on Thursday morning. Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

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Unfortunately, major delays continue on the Metro Gold Line due to damage to the overhead power supply system that occurred Wednesday morning between South Pasadena and Highland Park stations. Commuters are advised to plan ahead and allow for extra time if traveling on the Gold Line, or use alternate routes. Park and ride commuters, please consider Metrolink or driving today.

Trains will be running every 15 minutes, but may hold temporarily along the line in order to avoid congestion caused as trains share one track through the problem area. Please be advised, all trains in both directions will board on the Pasadena-bound track at Highland Park Station. Nearly all Gold Line trains running this morning will be three-car trains, which means customers can use the entire platform when boarding.

For those commuting from the Highland Park area, alternative bus options include Metro Bus 81 and 83. Both bus lines travel through Highland Park to Downtown L.A. See more alternate bus lines for the Gold Line here.

Metro would again like to apologize for the inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience as we work to make repairs as fast as possible. For those who need delay verification because of this morning’s Gold Line delays, please call 213.922.6235 or fax 213.922.6988.

Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Community Leadership Council holds quarterly meeting tonight

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Community Leadership Council (CLC) is holding their quarterly meeting tonight, April 10, from 6 – 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in the Crystal Room located at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016. CLC quarterly meetings are open to the public.

You can get to the meeting via the Expo Line Expo/Crenshaw Station. For additional routes and connections, please use Trip Planner. Free parking will also be available in the adjacent lots.

CLC Quarterly Meeting Flyer 4.10.14

Northbound I-405 closure in West L.A. between Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard planned night of April 11

A little I-405 news to spice up your Thursday. Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from Santa Monica Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard to facilitate formal walk-throughs of the roadway project area in preparation for upcoming lane re-striping activities on Friday night, April 11. Closure information is as follows:

  • Friday night: 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 12

Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m.

Ramp Closures:

  • Northbound I-405 Olympic Boulevard/Pico Boulevard on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 will be accessible at the northbound on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard

Detours:

  • Detour: Exit the northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard off-ramp, turn right to eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, turn left to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, and turn right onto the northbound I-405 on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard.

What to expect: 

Service Alert: Gold Line delays today due to overhead power issue

UPDATE 7 P.M.: The technicians repairing the downed wire on the Metro Gold Line have confirmed that their work will extend through this evening. Consequently, trains will continue to run every 15-20 minutes with temporary holding as trains approach the Pasadena/Highland Park area.

Metro will provide updates on the status of Gold Line repairs and service levels as they become available, and thanks all Gold Line customers for their patience today.

UPDATE 5 P.M. Unfortunately, delays continue on the Metro Gold Line due to damage to the overhead power supply system that occurred this morning between South Pasadena and Highland Park Station. Trains are currently arriving every 15 minutes, but may hold temporarily along the line in order to avoid congestion caused as trains share one track through the problem area.

Please be advised, all trains, in both directions, board on the Pasadena-bound track at Highland Park Station. Additionally, nearly all Gold Line trains running at this time are three-car trains, which means customers can use the entire platform when boarding.

At this time there is no firm estimated time of repair, meaning delays may last through this evening’s rush hour. Metro would again like to apologize for the inconvenience to Gold Line customers, as we work to make repairs as fast as possible.

UPDATE, 2 P.M.: Gold Line continues to run limited service between South Pasadena and Highland Park. Trains are running every 20 minutes in each direction in the area. Metro will start using three-car trains to accommodate afternoon/evening commuters. Bus shuttles have been cancelled.

UPDATE, Noon: The Gold Line has resumed limited service between South Pasadena and Highland Park. Expect significant delays as trains must share the northbound track between South Pasadena and Southwest Museum station, with trains running every 20 to 25 minutes in each direction in the area. Bus shuttles used earlier this morning are now on standby.

Please be advised that trains are not completely following the regular timetable today as repairs are underway. Expect delays, especially between Union Station and Pasadena. As we get closer to the afternoon rush hour, I’ll update this post again. 

Gold Line service was disrupted this morning between South Pasadena Station and Highland Park Station due to a sagging power line above the tracks, as seen in the above photos. About 1,000 feet of wire was damaged in the area around the Pasadena Avenue and Monterey Road rail crossing. Repairs are underway and are expected to take several hours to complete — crews are trying to complete the work before the evening rush hour.

The Monterey/Pasadena crossing is closed due to low wires. Police are on scene to help guide vehicle traffic.

The issue began about 8:20 a.m. One train was stranded between South Pasadena and Highland Park stations and about 300 passengers were evacuated and placed on another southbound train at approximately 9:30 a.m.

For frequent updates, please follow us on Twitter or check the home page of metro.net.

Metro working to improve Dodger Stadium Express after tough traffic Tuesday

As the above tweets show, the Dodger Stadium Express had a rough outing for Tuesday night’s game. A few trips before the game exceeded 75 minutes between Union Station and the ballpark.

The game, which featured a hoodie sweatshirt giveaway, drew a big crowd for a Tuesday evening with more than 53,000 in attendance according to Major League Baseball. Traffic was bad and there were two problems for the Dodger Stadium Express:

•Even with enforcement from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, many private vehicles used the bus-only lane on Sunset Boulevard — making it difficult for buses to reach the stadium in a timely manner. Even though a few citations were issued to those illegally using the lane, Metro will be working with the city of Los Angeles to improve signage and keep cars out of the bus lane. One possible solution may be to use pylons to mark off the lane.

•The other problem occurred at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station. Crowds arrived early to take the bus to the game and ultimately — and unfortunately — two separate lines ended up forming. It was confusing and some people rightly complained. To avoid similar problems, Metro staff will be at the transit plaza two hours before game time to ensure that there is one, well-organized line for those waiting to board buses.

Please keep in mind that he Dodgers are expected to keep pulling big crowds throughout the season. Metro appreciates everyone’s patronage and the agency will try to make the bus shuttle faster and easier to use, as it has frequently been in recent seasons.

For more information on taking the Dodger Stadium Express, please click here. The bus service is free to those holding a game ticket.

Officials and a dinosaur teach drivers: How to spend less on gas

With pump prices more than $4 a gallon again and more than 50 cents a gallon higher than they were in January, Metro and the Automobile Club of Southern California today joined forces to help teach drivers how to spend less on gas. They were joined by representatives from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, including Hunter the T. rex.

Standing on the platform of the Metro Expo/Vermont Station, with some of the finest museums in the world just steps away, Metro urged L.A. residents to maximize their spring break and summer vacation dollars by picking up a $5 Day Pass and making easy-to-reach destinations on the Metro system part of their plans.

Drivers were reminded by the Auto Club that gas prices have jumped 82 percent in the last decade while the median household income for Californians has risen just 16 percent. But the good news is that many drivers can save up to $1,000 or even $2,000 a year on fuel at today’s prices by consistently following a few good habits, including slowing down and adopting a smooth, even driving style.

For inspiration, Simon Adlam, Director of Exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, invited vacationers to explore the many new and exciting exhibits at the Natural History Museum and he brought along Hunter the T. rex to make sure everyone paid attention.