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.

Service Alert: Tonight, Nov. 5 through Thurs, Nov. 7—Expo Line every 20 minutes between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Tonight, Nov. 5 through Thurs, Nov. 7, Expo Line will run every 20 minutes between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. while track work is completed.

Trains will share one track between La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City Stations.

Announcements will be made at Expo Line stations. You can also follow alerts on Twitter or check Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please note that NexTrip may not accurately predict service for Expo Line at this time.

Metro thanks you for your patience if you are traveling the Expo Line between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. tonight through Thursday.

No Blue Line or Expo Line service Sunday night in downtown Los Angeles due to overhead wire issue

Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.

Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.

Here is the explanation from Metro for tonight’s disruption to Blue Line and Expo Line service in downtown Los Angeles:

At 4:54 pm, the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) on the Blue and Expo lines just south of downtown was damaged. Currently, the lines are hanging low and there is no rail service on the Blue Line from 7th/Metro to Grand and on the Expo Line from 7th/Metro to 23rd Street. It is believed that the pantograph from a passing train damaged the OCS.

Work is ongoing to repair the OCS and it may take until the morning hours of Monday to complete the job.

The best way to get up-to-the-minute updates is the service alerts tab on the right side of metro.net’s home page or Metro’s Twitter feed.

Work crews to perform track work at rail junction at Washington/Flower in downtown L.A. this weekend

Junction

Work crews on Friday night are set to begin making repairs to the rail junction at Washington and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. The work will require all trains to be replaced with shuttle buses for Expo Line and Blue Line riders traveling between 7th/Metro Center, Pico, 23rd Street and Grand Stations over the entire weekend (the service alert is posted after the jump). Normal train service on both lines in this area is scheduled to resume at the opening of service on Monday morning, Feb. 18.

Exposition Construction Authority crews will be adjusting the track gauge to improve the movement of Blue Line trains turning from Flower to Washington. When completed, the work is expected to correct excessive wear on some train parts and improve the overall maintainability of the track components at this location.

Up to this point, the condition has required frequent monitoring and inspections until a permanent solution could be designed and implemented. At no time has safety been compromised. Likewise, after the work this weekend, monitoring will continue and trains will continue to travel through the junction at  reduced speeds until Metro, the California Public Utilities Commission and the Expo Line Construction Authority are certain the track adjustments have corrected the problem.

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Date set for Space Shuttle Endeavour arrival at California Science Center … just steps from Expo

Space Shuttle Endeavour/Kennedy Image Gallery via Flickr

We finally have a date for arrival and transfer of Space Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center, just steps from the Expo Park/USC station.

Endeavour will be flown in to LAX Sept. 20, weather permitting, on top of a NASA Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier. It then will be transferred to a United Airlines hangar where it will stay until final preparations are made for its move on the morning of Oct. 12. The move to the Science Center will take two days, as the 58-foot-tall shuttle is transported under raised transmissions lines and across the 405 Freeway to Inglewood City Hall for an official launch ceremony Oct. 13. It then will be transported to the intersection of Martin Luther King and Crenshaw boulevards for a celebration of Mission 26. The shuttle is expected to reach the California Science Center in Exposition Park that evening.

The route can be accessed on the California Science Center’s website.The public is invited to serve as volunteers along the route. Those interested can sign up on the website as well.