Israeli prime minister visit may delay or detour some Metro buses

Map of expected street closures via KPCC.org

Map of expected street closures via KPCC.org

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Los Angeles this week and authorities have warned his motorcade may cause traffic flare-ups on the Westside over the next three days.

Unfortunately, Metro buses are not exempt from the rolling closures that could slow traffic, or close streets entirely, as the Prime Minister moves from place to place. Customers traveling through the Westside today through Thursday should allow extra time to reach their destination, as some bus lines in the area may experience delays of up to 20 minutes, or temporary detours. Metro Rail will not be impacted.

While the exact movements of the prime minister’s motorcade are not released ahead of time, the Secret Service has issued a general traffic advisory with areas to avoid during specific times. Here’s the info via the LAPD’s blog:

Tuesday March 4th 2014

  • Santa Monica Blvd between 405 Freeway and Melrose Ave. 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • 405 Freeway between Wilshire Blvd. and 105 Freeway 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Melrose Ave between La Cienega and Van Ness 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 5th, 2014

  • Santa Monica Blvd between 405 Fwy and Melrose Ave 7:30 a.m. – 8:30, & 4:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
  • 405 Fwy between Wilshire Blvd. and 105 Fwy 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., & 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • 10 Fwy between 405 Fwy and CA Highway 1/PCH from 6:30 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.
  • CA Hwy 1/PCH between 10 Fwy and Malibu Canyon Rd. 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Thursday March 6th, 2014

  • Santa Monica Blvd between 405 and Melrose Ave 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Pico Blvd between Roxbury and Castello 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • 405 Fwy between Wilshire Blvd. and 105 Fwy 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

For possible bus detours as motorcade closures unfold, please follow our Twitter feed or visit metro.net.

Go Metro to watch this Sunday’s L.A. Marathon

Fly over traffic on your way to the L.A. Marathon finish line this Sunday, Mar 9.

Fly over traffic on your way to the L.A. Marathon finish line this Sunday, Mar 9.

Those participating in or attending the L.A. Marathon this Sunday are encouraged to go Metro to the race. But there will be some bus detours throughout the day due to the marathon. Here’s the press release from Metro:

The Los Angeles Marathon returns on Sunday, March 9 with the ‘Stadium to the Sea’ course running once again from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica and again your best course of action is to use the Metro Rail system to see all the racing action.

Metro Rail service will run as scheduled. Spectators are urged to ride Metro Rail to reach viewing areas and affected bus customers are urged to take Metro Rail to avoid lengthy bus detours and delays.

Metro will run free, non-stop bus shuttles beginning at 5 a.m. between the City of Santa Monica and the Culver City Expo Line Station. Patrons can board Santa Monica-bound buses on Washington Boulevard just south of the Expo Culver City Station. Culver City-bound buses can be boarded on Olympic Boulevard and 11th St in Santa Monica.

There will be interruptions in Metro bus service along the route. Lines normally passing through those areas will be rerouted and many other lines will be disrupted. Patrons are urged to plan ahead and allow for extra time during the race.

Listed here are the Metro bus lines which will be disrupted before and after the running of the Marathon. Affected Metro bus lines: 2, 4, 10, 14, 16/316, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, 45, 48, 55, 60, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78/79/378, 81, 83, 84, 90/91, 92, 94, 96, 105, 156/656, 180/181, 200, 201, 204, 206, 207, 210, 212/312, 217, 222, 485, 487/489, 534, 550, 704, 720, 733, 745, 754, Silver Line (910).

Regular service on some lines will be restored as the race progresses but full service on all lines is not expected to resume until approximately early evening.

Metro apologizes for any inconvenience you may experience on this day and thanks you for your cooperation. For further assistance, please call 323.GO.METRO.

For Metro Rail route and schedule information visit the Metro Trip Planner at metro.net. Due to technological limitations, short-term, temporary bus detours are not reflected in Google Transit, Metro Trip Planner, or NexTrip real time bus arrivals.

Stay informed by following us on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.net, facebook.com/losangelesmetro, twitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.

President Obama visit may cause some bus detours on Westside and in Glendale

President Obama is due to arrive in Los Angeles late this
afternoon for a two-day visit. That could possibly mean some very
brief bus detours or delays due to the presidential motorcade.
Exact routes are not released ahead of time for security purposes.
Please follow our Twitter
feed
or visit metro.net for service
updates. Here
is the traffic advisory from the Los Angeles Police
Department
:

Traffic
Advisory for Presidential Visit
Los Angeles: Los
Angeles Police Department advises Los Angeles motorists to expect
traffic delays during the anticipated visit of the President of the
United States. On Monday, November 25, 2013, President Barack Obama
will arrive in Los Angeles for two days in order to attend several
functions in the area. Although specific details about his
destinations are not available for security reasons, the following
information is provided to assist community members who may have a
need to travel in areas where the President may be traveling. Every
effort to minimize traffic impacts will be employed while the
President travels through the City. It is anticipated that the
following streets may be affected and may experience temporary
closures to facilitate the safe passage of the President. Motorists
are encouraged to review the following information and make
necessary plans to avoid those areas during time periods where
traffic may be stopped or congested due to the Presidential
motorcade. The dates, times and areas on the second page of this
advisory are provided as a general guide and are subject to change
without notice. It is our intent to provide the best possible
information to the public without compromising the safety of the
President. The public’s cooperation is greatly appreciated. Anyone
with questions regarding the travel advisory may contact LAPD Media
Relations Section at 213-486-5910. During non-business hours or on
weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7
(877-527-3247). Date/Time 11/25/13 4:00 – 5 pm Streets Likely To Be
Affected Streets surrounding Los Angeles International (LAX)
Airport 4:45 – 10 pm Streets surrounding Westwood Area and the City
of Beverly Hills: West to East: 405 Freeway to La Cienega Boulevard
North to South: Santa Monica Boulevard to Venice Boulevard Date/
Time 11/26/13 8:00 am – 10:45 am Streets Likely To Be Affected
Streets surrounding the Wilshire Area of Los Angeles: West to East:
Fairfax Avenue to Western Avenue North to South: Beverly Boulevard
to Pico Boulevard 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Streets Surrounding the City
of Glendale: West to East: Riverside Drive, San Fernando Road and
Grandview Avenue to North Pacific Avenue North to South: West
Kenneth Road to Victory Boulevard, San Fernando Road, 5 and 134
Freeway 1:15 – 2 pm Streets surrounding Los Angeles International
(LAX) Airport

Reminder: bus detours in effect for West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Happy Halloween, Source readers! And, as usual, there will be some bus detours tonight in order to accommodate the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.

Bus lines 2, 4, 10/48, 30, 105, 330, 704 and 705 will be impacted throughout the day and until 8 a.m. Friday.

Please click here for detour details on each of the lines.

Also, Metro Rail will be running regular hours tonight, meaning that the last train on rail lines will be between midnight and 1 a.m. — with last trains for certain connecting leaving earlier. Please see rail timetables for more info.

And, finally, Instagrammers: please share your photos of people in great costumes using the Metro system!

Reminder: Go Metro to Taste of Soul Saturday, Oct 19

Taste of Soul, one of L.A.’s largest street festivals, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Running down Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker and Rodeo Road, visitors can sample great food from local restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and check out displays by local artists.

Hop on the Expo Line to Expo/Crenshaw Station, then start walking south on Crenshaw until you come across a huge crowd of people. It will take you less than five minutes.

Metro will have a booth at the Crenshaw/Rodeo intersection to provide information about the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line project, which is preparing to begin major construction next spring. Rail safety staff will be available to talk about how to be safe around trains and tracks.

Representatives from Metro’s community partners, several labor unions and a  pre-apprenticeship training program will be available to provide information on how to enter trade unions to work on Metro capital projects that will soon start construction in the region. Information on careers at Metro, from bus operators to executive officers, will be available as well.

Adjacent to Metro’s booth will be the Metro Experience, a mobile theatre will be screening video presentations that reflect the Crenshaw and Inglewood communities.

Metro Bus 40, 102, 105, 210, 710 and 740 will be detouring for the festival. Signs in English and Spanish will be posted at bus stops regarding the temporary routes, or check Metro’s Service Advisories for the latest changes on detours.

For bicyclists, there is ample secure parking for bikes at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza located at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Bikes are allowed on all Metro Bus and Rail.

Reminder: Go Metro to CicLAvia in the Heart of downtown Los Angeles this Sunday

Click above to see larger.

Click above to see larger.

A friendly reminder that CicLAvia is scheduled for this Sunday with a nice course covering the different corners of downtown while stretching from MacArthur Park (Red/Purple Line) to Mariachi Plaza (Gold Line).

In fact, as the map shows the route is accessible by all Metro Rail’s downtown lines, as well as Metrolink.

There are, of course, many bus detours in order to accommodate the downtown route. Please see the entire list after the jump.

Also, don’t forget to show your TAP card at the Mariachi Plaza CicLAvia merchandise tent to get a 15 percent discount! More info

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Buses to detour for upcoming Jimmy Kimmel Live concerts, use Red Line to avoid traffic

Jimmy Kimmel Live is hosting two free concerts next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23 and 24 (Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake, respectively), and a segment of Hollywood Boulevard will be closed to accommodate the crowds.

The concerts are set to start at 4:30 p.m. both nights. Hollywood Blvd. will be closed from Highland Ave. to Sycamore Ave. Expect bus detours and delays due to the street closure. Bus lines affected include 212, 217, 222 and 780; check the Service Advisories page for more details.

If you’re planning on attending, go Metro to beat the traffic. The Red Line drops you off right at Hollywood/Highland in the middle of all the action.

Temporary stop closures for Big Blue Bus due to Expo Line construction

Photo: SM Big Blue Bus Official Facebook

Photo: SM Big Blue Bus Official Facebook

Due to Expo Line Phase II construction, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus will temporarily close the following eastbound Route 5 stops until further notice:

  • Eastbound Colorado Ave. at Lincoln Blvd., 11th St., 14th St. and 17th St. Riders should board/disembark on Colorado at 7th St. or 20th St.

The following BBB Route 12 stops will also be temporarily closed:

  • Bagley Ave. at Exposition Blvd.; instead disembark on National Blvd. at Bagley Ave. or Venice Blvd. at Robertson Blvd.
  • Venice Blvd. at Bagley Ave. and Culver Blvd.; instead disembark on National Blvd. at Bagley Ave. or Venice Blvd. at Robertson Blvd.

Detours for Route 12 will be in effect Monday through Friday from approximately 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buses will travel regular route from UCLA to National Blvd. at Bagley Ave., then continue on National Blvd. to Expo Culver City Station. Service times remain the same from Expo Culver City Station to UCLA.

Metro bus service detoured around Crenshaw District to avoid demonstrations

Metro Bus service is being detoured tonight around the Crenshaw District to avoid demonstrations along Crenshaw Boulevard. The protests began as quiet demonstrations against the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict that later erupted into violence. Bus Lines 20, 40, 105, 710 and 740 are affected. However, the buses are continuing service by traveling around the perimeter, including Crenshaw between 60th Street and Jefferson Boulevard and on Martin Luther King Boulevard between Vermont and La Cienega. The Expo Line continues to provide regular service. There have been no reports of damages to Metro buses or injuries to passengers or personnel. For the latest Metro Service Alerts follow us in Twitter @metrolalosangeles.

Bus detours in West Hollywood today

Big news announced this morning from the Supreme Court. A rally has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Metro Bus lines that will be detouring due to the event include: 10, 30/330, 105, and 705. Detours will be in effect from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. or when barricades are present. If you’re traveling through the area today, expect some delays. Check the Service Advisories page for details on detour routes.