Motorists and the general public have options for accessing LAX during Century Crunch, July 25-28

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This is it, folks. The intersection of Aviation and Century boulevards closes tonight at 9 p.m. and will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday in order to demolish an old railroad bridge to make way for the Crenshaw/LAX Line.

Those headed to Los Angeles International Airport this weekend should either take the Flyaway Bus, transit or use Sepulveda Boulevard to access the airport if driving — and allow for extra time. The above detour will be in effect all weekend.

Some other tips:

Southern California 511 has launched a new feature to keep drivers up to date during the planned Century Crunch closure scheduled July 25 to 28. To access the real-time traffic information, call 511 and say “Century Crunch” after the automated greeting. You will get info on the intersection closure and learn recommended detour routes. Or say “traffic” to receive frequently updated traffic information on nearby roadways that feed into the LAX area.

•The FlyAway bus offers bus service to and from LAX terminals from six locations: Union Station, the Expo/La Brea station, Westwood, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Van Nuys. Please see the FlyAway website for more information on fares and schedules.

•A free shuttle runs between the Metro Green Line’s Aviation station and the LAX terminals.

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•Metro Bus lines serving the airport include Lines 102, 111, 117, and 232.  These lines all terminate at the LAX City Bus Center on 96th Street just east of Sepulveda Boulevard. After getting off your bus, walk a short distance to the west end of the LAX City Bus Center and cross over to the LAX Parking Lot C depot where you catch the free “C” LAX shuttle bus to the LAX airline terminals. Line 102 serves Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Stocker Street, and La Tijera Boulevard. Line 111 serves Florence Avenue and Arbor Vitae Street. Line 117 serves Century Boulevard (click here for info on the 117’s detour route), and Line 232 serves Pacific Coast Highway and Sepulveda Boulevard south of LAX.

•Municipal bus providers with service to LAX include Beach Cities Transit Line 109,Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 3, Culver City Line 6 and Torrance Transit Line 8.  All four lines serve the LAX City Bus Center. Beach Cities, Big Blue Bus, and Culver City also serve the Metro Aviation/LAX Green Line Station.

The bus lines that will be affected by the Century Boulevard closure are the Metro Line 40 owl service, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 3, Culver City Bus Line 6 and Beach City Transit Line 109.  On the weekend of July 25 to 27, bus service on these lines will follow recommended detours through the area.

We’ll be updating The Source throughout the weekend with information about traffic and the demolition process.

The latest news release from Metro is posted after the jump:

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Peace, love and the Hollywood Bowl at Grand Park on National Dance Day

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Grand Park and the Hollywood Bowl are teaming up to celebrate National Dance Day this Saturday, July 26. Head to Grand Park for some ’60s peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Make sure to go Metro so you can get properly accessorized! Show your TAP card at the Grand Park info booth and receive a free pair of psychedelic sunglasses while supplies last.

To get to Grand Park, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Grand Park/Civic Center Station. Use Trip Planner for more routes and options.

peaceOnce you’ve got your sunglasses, wear them to see Hair at the Hollywood Bowl. There are performances on August 1, 2 and 3. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the free shuttle up to the Bowl.

Go Metro to The WALL farmers’ market and get into the Original L.A. Flower Market free

Starting July 26, Wall Street in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District will be closed to traffic on Saturdays for The WALL, a farmers’ market for flower lovers and foodies. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public, so bring the whole family and explore! There will be fresh food and live music.

Show your valid TAP card at The WALL Information Booth and receive free entrance to The Original LA Flower Market and a free rose while supplies last.

The WALL takes place at 755 Wall Street. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk towards 7th and Wall Street, or take Metro Bus 68 to 6th and Los Angeles Street. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Let’s Ride L.A. will also provide free bike valet!

UPDATE: Blue and Expo Lines resume normal service

7:37 a.m.:The Blue and Expo Lines are resuming normal service. The earlier disabled train has been cleared and bus shuttles have been cancelled. Metro thanks you for your understanding and patience.

The Blue and Expo Lines are experiencing major delays due to a disabled train near 7th/Metro Center station. Some trains are turning back from Pico and Grand stations. Bus shuttles have been requested. For Blue and Expo Line alternate service, see here.

For up to the minute alerts, please follow us on twitter at @metrolosangeles and @metrolaalerts.

Service Advisory: Blue Line to run every 40 min between DTLA-Willowbrook, Wednesday night after 8 p.m.

This Wednesday night after 8 p.m., the Metro Blue Line will run every 40 minutes between 7th Street/Metro Center and Willowbrook Station due to essential track maintenance that is part of the ongoing Blue Line improvement project. (For more about why the work requires such a long wait between trains, continue reading after the jump).

Trains will serve the remainder of the Blue Line, between Willowbrook and Long Beach, every 20 to 30 minutes after 8 p.m. This means every other northbound train will display a destination sign that reads “Willowbrook” or “Imperial” and will turn back to Long Beach upon reaching Willowbrook Station.

For Blue Line departure times from 7th Street/Metro Center and Downtown Long Beach Station, please refer to Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please note that the Metro Expo Line will also be running every 20 minutes after 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday night, for separate maintenance.

For those commuting between downtown L.A. and the Metro Green Line on Wednesday evening, consider using the Metro Silver Line if you arrive at 7th/Metro Center or Willowbrook Station when there is still a 40 minute wait until the next train. Extra buses will run on the Silver Line after 9 p.m., Wednesday night, increasing the level of service to approximately every 20 minutes. At Harbor Freeway Station, Green Line trains will follow a regular evening schedule, departing every 20 minutes.

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Free shuttle to HARD Summer for Metro riders

artworkHARD Summer is back August 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days. The two-day festival is taking place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte and boasts more than fifty live performances and world class DJ sets including Jack U, A$AP Mob, Axwell, and Flosstraddamus performing on five stages. And taking Metro is still the best way to get to HARD Summer! HARD Summer is providing free shuttles to connect Metro riders to the concert.

To get there: hop on the Metro Gold Line to Atlantic Station in East LA and get a free shuttle ride to the concert. Shuttles will be located directly across the street from Atlantic Station, at the intersection of Pomona and Beverly Boulevards. Shuttles to HARD Summer will be running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

After the concert: follow the festival exit signs to Rosemead Boulevard. The free shuttles will be located just south of the main entrance and will return you to Atlantic Station. Return shuttles will be running from 8 p.m. through 12 a.m. The last shuttle back to Atlantic Station leaves at midnight, so it’s best that you get in line immediately after the concert ends so you don’t miss the last train from Atlantic Station or any connections thereafter. Metro operates late-night rail service until 2 a.m. on Saturdays; rail service on Sundays ends around 1 a.m.

Tips for riding:

  • The Gold Line ride between Union Station and Atlantic Station takes less than 30 minutes.
  • Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.
  • Regular Metro Rail fares apply: $1.50 per line / $5 Day Pass (good till 3 a.m.).
  • Each person must have his/her own TAP card. (No sharing of TAP cards)
  • Avoid long return lines at TAP Vending Machines by loading your round trip fare in advance online or on your way in.

The Transit Tourist: Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minn.

The Transit Tourist takes a look at other transit systems across the globe from the first person perspective of a visitor. What can Metro learn from how these other systems treat the uninitiated – and often bumbling – tourist?

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A train arrives at the 10th Street Station in downtown St. Paul. (Photo: Joseph Lemon/Metro)

In previous installments of the Transit Tourist, The Source visited Chicago, Portland, New York City and London. For the latest iteration of the series, I spent some time during a recent vacation checking out the transit offerings in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The visit occurred just two weeks after the opening of the the region’s second light rail line, the long-awaited METRO Green Line, which runs between the downtown centers of the two neighboring cities.

Now arriving…The Transit Tourist: Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minn. 

Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro
Population: 3,348,859 Transit Agency: Metro Transit Miles of Rail Track: 21.8
Density: 546 people/sq. mi. Light Rail Lines: 2 Bus Routes: 126
Area Served: 907 sq. mi. Light Rail Stations: 37 Op. Budget: $325 mil.

Source: US Census Bureau, Metro Transit (metrotransit.org) and Metropolitan Council (metrocouncil.org). 

Airport Connection

The METRO Blue Line provides light rail service to both terminals at Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport. Trains between the two terminals are free and run 24 hours a day.

I arrived at Terminal 1 – Lindbergh, where a tram (or automated people mover) connects the terminal to the underground light rail station. Using it was fairly straightforward: the ride was free and lasted about 30 seconds. In total, it took a little less than five minutes to get from the terminal to the train station. Visitors that arrive at Terminal 2 – Humphrey can access its station with a short walk via skyway.

The Lindbergh Terminal 1 station on the METRO Blue Line. (Photo: Joseph Lemon / Metro)

The Terminal 1 Lindbergh Station on the Blue Line. (Photo: Joseph Lemon/Metro)

From the airport, the METRO Blue Line takes passengers north to downtown Minneapolis in just under 25 minutes where it shares five stations with the METRO Green Line. Going south, the Blue Line connects passengers to the Mall of America and terminates at the METRO Red Line, a bus rapid transit line extending to the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities.

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