The good news is that construction of the second phase of the Expo Line continues to chug along at a speedy pace. The not-quite-as-good-news: the busy intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica needs to be closed for a week to accommodate construction of the tracks along Colorado Ave.
Please help spread the word. The official notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority — the agency building the project — is posted above.
The second phase of the Expo Line is funded by the Measure R sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. It is one of three rail projects receiving Measure R funding that are currently under construction (along with the Crenshaw/LAX Line and Gold Line Foothill Extension) with construction of two other projects expected to begin later this year (Regional Connector and Purple Line Extension). Metro has also begun receiving the first of 550 new state-of-the-art buses and is spending $1.2 billion to overhaul the Metro Blue Line, including the purchase of new light rail vehicles.
Metro crews working on repairing the Gold Line on Thursday morning. Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.
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.
Here is the press release from Metro:
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor plans to fully close the southbound I-405 between Santa Monica Boulevard and National Boulevard in West Los Angeles on the following dates and times to facilitate the installation of a full-span freeway overhead sign and to conduct other roadway construction activities at the freeway median:
- From midnight to 5 a.m. on the nights of:
- Monday, March 17, to Thursday, March 20
- Sunday, March 23
- From midnight to 6 a.m. on the nights of:
- Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22
- Lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m.
- Ramps will begin to close at 7 p.m.
- Southbound Santa Monica on-ramp
- Southbound Sunset on-ramps
- Southbound Wilshire on-ramps
- Southbound I-405 to eastbound I-10 connector
- Southbound I-405 to westbound I-10 connector
Detour: From the southbound I-405, exit at Santa Monica Boulevard, turn left to eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, turn right to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to westbound National Boulevard, and turn left on to the southbound I-405 on-ramp on National Boulevard.
What to expect:
Here are a trio of photos taken this morning of the work underway to repair the overhead wires on the Blue Line in Long Beach. The pantograph on a rail car damaged the wires about 5:20 a.m.
Blue Line service has been suspended between downtown Long Beach and Willow station while repairs are being made. Metro is operating shuttle bus service between downtown Long Beach and Willow station and Long Beach Transit Bus 51 is also available.
The repairs are expected to be complete in mid-afternoon.
There is regular Blue Line service between Willow Station and 7th/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles.
For up to date information, please follow our twitter pages @MetroLosAngeles and @MetroLAAlerts.
Just a friendly reminder that all Metro Bus and Rail will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule on Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day. Please be aware that some bus lines will not be in service due to Sunday schedule operations. More info is available here.
Metro will operate regular weekday service on Friday. For route and schedule information visit metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.
Also, a reminder that there will be bus detours in Hollywood on Sunday, Dec. 1 due to the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Please check the Service Advisories page for detour lines and details. Those who are attending the parade are encouraged to take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland or Hollywood/Vine – both stations will put you right along the parade route!
Bus shuttles will replace Metro Expo Line service between La Cienega/Jefferson Station and Culver City Station on Saturday, Nov. 23 in order for Metro to perform planned track maintenance.
Train service will only run between 7th St/Metro Center and La Cienega/Jefferson from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus shuttles will be implemented between the La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City stations during this time to help customers reach their destinations. Announcements will be made at the stations.
Stay updated by following Metro on Twitter @metroLAalerts or @metrolosangeles.
The work being done includes the replacement of a frog junction that allows trains to switch tracks smoothly and seamlessly. Check out the video below to see how frog junctions work!
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.
Willowbrook-LBTM (30 Mins)
Due to vital track maintenance, there will be limited nighttime train service on the Metro Blue Line between Willowbrook Station and Downtown Long Beach Station beginning Sunday, October 27 through Wednesday, October 30. The maintenance is a continuation of last week’s track tampering, which levels and strengthens the tracks, ensuring durability as well as a smooth ride for train passengers.
Starting at 9 p.m. until close of service, Blue Line trains between Willowbrook Station and Downtown Long Beach Station will only run every 30 minutes. Customers may need to switch trains at Willowbrook Station to continue southbound to Long Beach. Regular evening service will run between 7th St/Metro Center and Willowbrook.
Announcements will be made at Blue 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 at this time. Plan ahead and expect extended wait times if you need to travel that segment Sunday through Wednesday after 9 p.m.
Check out the video below to see what track tampering looks like.
The Blue Line is currently experiencing delays of up to 20 minutes due to a disabled train near the Florence/Firestone track junction.
Trains are sharing one track from Willowbrook Station to Washington Station. Due to rail congestion, some southbound trains are turning back at Washington Station, northbound trains at Willowbrook Station. Please follow station announcements.
Customers are encouraged to use alternate routes. From 7th/Metro use the Metro Silver Line, Metro Bus 450 to Green Line Harbor Fwy Station or Metro Bus 460 to Green Line Norwalk Station. The freeway upcharge for the Silver Line is waived with valid TAP card.
For up-to-the-minute status updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.
UPDATE: Service should be normal Wednesday morning but please check our Twitter feed for any further updates.
Here is the latest from Metro’s Twitter feed:
Bus shuttles replace Gold Line btwn Indiana + Atlantic due to police activity near Maravilla. Use Montebello Bus Line 40 on 3rd as alt. ^ST
Montebello Bus Line 40 is also an alternative; here’s a map.
This is due to a police investigation of an incident that happened near the tracks — not on Metro property.
The best way to get up-to-date service alerts is to follow Metro’s general Twitter feed or Metro’s Service Alert Twitter feed, which only includes service alerts.