Service alert: shuttle bus replaces Orange Line between Nordhoff and Chatsworth stations this weekend

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Due to resurfacing work on the Lassen Street Bridge, there will be no Orange Line service between Nordhoff and Chatsworth stations on Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29. All Orange Line service will either begin or end at Nordhoff station and a free Metro shuttle bus will provide service between Nordhoff and Chatsworth stations.

Passengers can board the shuttle bus at a temporary stop located at the northeast corner of Canoga Avenue and Nordhoff Street, adjacent to Nordhoff Station.

Work is anticipated to last 55 hours and normal Orange Line service is expected to be restored by early Monday morning. The above map and flier shows the temporary stop location and routing.

Detour map for closure of Aviation and Century boulevards July 25-28 for Crenshaw/LAX Line bridge demolition

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As we posted recently, the old railroad bridge over Century Boulevard needs to be demolished to make way for the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Aviation/Century station. That means there will be a 57-hour closure of the intersection of Aviation and Century from the evening of July 25 through early morning July 28. The detour map is above.

A media event to promote the closure will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Aviation and Century. For media planning to attend: Please confirm your attendance by sending e-mail to Jose Ubaldo, Communications Manager, Metro Media relations at ubaldoj@metro.net. Jose can also be reached by phone at (213) 922-3087.

The old bridge over Century Boulevard that will be torn down on the weekend of July 25-28. Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro.

The old bridge over Century Boulevard that will be torn down on the weekend of July 25-28. Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro.

Regular service resuming on Blue and Expo Lines after auto-train incident in DTLA

UPDATE, 4:50 P.M. The train has been re-railed and tracks have cleared. Regular service resumes although there will be residual delays. 

A southbound Expo Line train and a car collided at 18th and Flower at approximately 2:33 p.m. The train derailed as a result of the accident but is still sitting upright on the tracks; see the photo below. Passengers were taken from the train.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is reporting that six patients were evaluated and two — a 21-year-old male on the train and a 55-year-old from the auto — were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Both Blue Line and Expo Line trains will share one track to get around the accident. It appears that major delays may spill into peak hours. The incident will be investigated. Early reports indicate that the auto may have tried to make a left turn in front of the oncoming train.

Photo by Jon Ross Alexander/Metro.

Photo by Jon Ross Alexander/Metro.

Service Alert: Gold Line to run every 20 minutes tonight after 9 p.m. due to track repairs

The Gold Line and the 210 Freeway by Zudi Susanto via Flickr/Creative Commons

#TBT photo of the Gold Line by Zudi Susanto via Flickr/Creative Commons

The Metro Gold Line will run every 20 minutes tonight after 9 p.m. due to necessary track repairs that cannot be delayed. At Allen Station, trains traveling in both directions will board on the Union Station/East LA-bound track.

While we hate reducing service (especially with the Dodgers playing), tonight’s work near Allen Station must be completed as soon as possible. Thank you all for your patience as we work to keep the Gold Line safe, reliable and efficient.

For up-to-the-minute status updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts. Please note tonight’s track work means Nextrip services may not accurately predict train times after 9 p.m. this evening.

Northbound 405 weekend full freeway closure modified for Saturday night

Here is the construction notice:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to conduct overnight closure of the northbound I-405 freeway between Moraga Drive and Greenleaf Street in the overnight hours tonight, May 7, through Saturday morning, May 10, and Sunday night, May 11, through Monday morning, May 12.

However, the closure will be lengthened on Saturday through Sunday morning to include the area between Wilshire Boulevard to Greenleaf Street. The closure will facilitate permanent striping of general purpose lanes and electrical, drainage, concrete barrier and k-rail removal work.

Schedule:

  • Night of Friday, May 9, 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday, May 10
  • Night of Saturday, May 10, 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, May 11
  • Night of Sunday, May 11, midnight to 5 a.m., Monday, May 12

Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. on the nights of each operation and lanes begin closing at 10 p.m. on the night of each operation.

 Ramp Closures:

  • Northbound on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard
  • Northbound on-ramp from Santa Monica Bl (only during the full directional closure on Saturday, May 10 to Sunday, May 11 )
  • Northbound on-ramp from westbound Wilshire Boulevard
  • Northbound Sunset Boulevard to on-ramp
  • Northbound Moraga Drive on-ramp
  • Northbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp
  • Northbound Skirball Center Drive on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 to the north US 101 connector

Detour Routes:

Detour for the NB I-405 Moraga Drive to Greenleaf Street closure: Take the northbound Moraga Drive off-ramp, head north on Sepulveda Bl to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf St.

Detour for NB I-405 Wilshire Boulevard to Greenleaf Street closure:

Take the northbound off-ramp to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, head north on Sepulveda Boulevard to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf Street.

Gold Line Update: Service restored to both tracks between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations

4:35 p.m.: Both tracks between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations have been restored for revenue service. From now until close of service this evening, trains will run every 10 minutes along the entire line–from Atlantic to Sierra Madre Villa–with ALL trains servicing Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations.

At this time, it also looks as if Metro Gold Line will be able to run regularly scheduled service beginning Wednesday morning. Metro would like to thank all Gold Line customers for their patience and understanding throughout this ordeal.

A big rig truck crashed onto the Gold Line tracks at approximately 1 p.m. last Thursday, causing extensive damage to the overhead power supply system and the tracks east of Allen Station. Repairs have been underway since, and were just completed this evening.

For live, up to the minute updates please follow us on Twitter at @metrolosangeles and @metrolaalerts.

Gold Line Update: bus shuttles replace train service between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations until repairs complete

Power supply and support wires droop to the ground after yesterday's big-rig crash. The non-Metro tractor trailer involved in the accident was removed yesterday, but damage to the Gold Line is extensive. (Note the missing cantilevers on the right side of the second and third poles.)

Overhead power supply and support wires touch the ground after yesterday’s big-rig crash. The non-Metro tractor trailer involved in the accident was removed yesterday, but damage to the Gold Line is extensive. (Note the missing cantilevers on the right side of the second and third poles.)

Fallen wire and damaged track near the resting place of the tractor-trailer.

Fallen wire and damaged track near the resting place of the tractor-trailer.

Suspension of service between Sierra Madre Villa and Lake stations on the Gold Line continues Friday, as Metro crews work to repair extensive damage to the overhead power supply system and tracks caused by Thursday afternoon’s big rig truck accident on the 210 freeway.

Shuttle buses will replace trains between Lake, Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations all day Friday, including both the Friday morning and afternoon rush hours. Trains will run every 10 to 12 minutes on the rest of the line — from Atlantic Station to Lake Station — with three-car, full platform trains.

Customers should allow for extra time in their commute, especially if they plan to catch the shuttle bus at Allen or Sierra Madre Villa stations. Those who normally park-and-ride from Sierra Madre Villa Station should consider using the Del Mar or Fillmore lots instead to avoid bus shuttle delays. Parking at Fillmore is limited. Parking at Del Mar costs $2 with proof of Metro fare (a TAP card, for example). Hint: you may have an easier time finding a space if you enter the garage from the Arroyo Parkway side.

Metro will continue with updates via The Source and on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts as we proceed with repairs.

Final Update: Blue Line resumes normal service in LB Loop

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UPDATE: 8:25 a.m. – Blue Line is resuming normal operations with some residual delays. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this incident.

 

Blue Line service in downtown Long Beach is disrupted due to a train versus auto incident near Pacific Coast Highway Station. The accident happened at 7:04 a.m. at Long Beach Boulevard and 14th Street.

There is limited train service between Downtown Long Beach and Anaheim stations. Service between downtown Los Angeles and Willow stations is not impacted.

Long Beach Transit Line 51 will be honoring Metro fares. The 51 bus serves downtown Long Beach and connects with the Blue Line’s Willow and Artesia stations. Map:

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For real-time service alerts, follow us on  @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts on Twitter.

 

UPDATE: Gold Line service suspended between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations due to freeway truck accident

Fallen wire and damaged track near the resting place of the tractor-trailer.

Fallen wire and damaged track near the resting place of the tractor-trailer.

UPDATE 7:15 p.m.: At this time, cranes are working to remove the tractor-trailer that has been blocking the Metro Gold Line tracks just east of the Allen Station since approximately 1 p.m. this afternoon. The truck was involved in an accident with another big rig that shut down the eastbound 210 freeway and has suspended Gold Line service between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa Stations.

Unfortunately, the Gold Line is not expected to resume normal service by tomorrow morning. The damage caused by the tractor-trailer is extensive, including two downed poles that support the overhead power supply system, fallen wires and even damage to the track itself. Metro will not know the true extent of the damage until the vehicle has been removed from the tracks. We will provide more information once the removal has been completed—likely in another hour or two.

At this time, Gold Line trains are running every 10 minutes between Atlantic and Lake stations. The trains are three-car, full platform trains, so customers may use the entire length of the platform when boarding. Shuttle buses replace service for those traveling between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa Stations. This means customers may board a train headed toward Union Station at Lake, but will need to board a shuttle bus for east-bound service to Allen Station or Sierra Madre Villa Station.

Metro appreciates the patience of all Gold Line customers as we try to restore service safely and quickly.

More updates regarding tomorrow’s morning commute on the Gold Line will be provided later this evening.

Still of the crash on the 210 taken from Caltrans traffic camera.

Still of the crash on the 210 taken from Caltrans traffic camera.

Metro Gold Line service between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations has been suspended for the remainder of the day due to a big rig crash on the eastbound 210 freeway near Allen Avenue. The accident is blocking the tracks near Allen Station and has damaged parts of the tracks and the power system. All lanes on the eastbound 210 were initially closed, but reports have indicated three lanes were reopened by 4:30 p.m.

All Pasadena-bound trains will end at Lake Station and turn back to Los Angeles. Bus shuttles will replace train service between Lake, Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations through close of service. Please allow extra time to travel through the affected area.

Pasadena ARTS buses will honor Metro fares. ARTS bus Line 40 runs service between Sierra Madre Vila, Allen and Memorial Park stations.

Normal train service will continue between East L.A. and Lake Station.

As soon as the accident is cleared, Metro will begin repairs on the damaged infrastructure. Repairs at this time are estimated to take up to 24 hours. We will continue to provide updates here at The Source. For live updates, check metro.net or follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.

Those headed to Union Station on Metro Rail to take the Dodger Stadium Express should consider driving to the station or taking one of the many bus lines that serves Union Station. For maps and timetables: http://www.metro.net/riding/maps/

Construction notice: week-long closure of intersection of Lincoln & Colorado in Santa Monica begins Monday for Expo Line track work

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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.