On Friday evening at 9 p.m. Metro will begin work on connecting the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Green Line tracks. The work will require a 71-day closure of five Green Line stations: Redondo Beach, Douglas, El Segundo, Mariposa and Aviation/LAX Station.
Service will be maintained with free bus shuttles in place of Green Line service between Hawthorne/Lennox and Redondo Beach stations during the closure. Bus shuttles will stop at all stations and run as frequently as the Green Line. Metro staff will be on hand to lend assistance at all Green Line stations where bus shuttles are running.
For those planning to travel to LAX Airport during this period, the LAX Shuttle G bus will not operate from its usual stop at Aviation/LAX Station. The shuttle will instead pick up LAX travelers from Hawthorne/Lennox Station. See more alternate transit options to LAX at the bottom of the post.
In addition to work on the rail junction between the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Green Line, Metro is using the closure to make track and signal upgrades to the Green Line as part of the agency’s State of Good Repair program.
Thank you to our Green Line riders for their patience and understanding as we get one step closer to the completion of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019.
The following bus lines provide alternative service to the LAX City Bus Center on 96th Street where riders can transfer to the LAX Shuttle C bus:
- Metro Line 232 (Pacific Coast Highway/Sepulveda Boulevard)
- Torrance Transit Line 8 (Aviation Boulevard, Nash Street)
- Beach Cities Transit Line 109 (Imperial Highway, Aviation Boulevard)
- Metro Line 117 (Century Boulevard)
- Metro Line 111 (Florence Avenue, Arbor Vitae Street)
- Big Blue Bus Line 3/Rapid 3 (Lincoln Boulevard)
- Culver CityBus Line 6/Rapid 6 (Sepulveda Boulevard)
- Metro Line 102 (La Tijera Boulevard)
The LAX FlyAway bus is also a great option with pick up locations at Union Station, Hollywood, Long Beach, Van Nuys, Westwood and Orange Line’s Woodley Station.
Additionally, Metro Line 625 and Big Blue Bus Line 3/Rapid 3 will extend service to Hawthorne/Lennox Station while the Green Line closure is in effect.
Categories: Projects, Service Alerts
The article specifies that: “Service will be maintained with free bus shuttles in place of Green Line service between Hawthorne/Lennox and Redondo Beach stations during the closure” but the map photo indicates that “TAP card verification will be enforced”. Today, when boarding the shuttle bus, the driver indicated that it wasn’t necessary to TAP since it’s a free shuttle. Can you please clarify.
Also, the Silverline has all door boarding. If TAP card is not required to use the free shuttle service can all door boarding be used? The shuttles are already slower than the train (no surprise there) but even if we can shave off a minute or two via all door boarding that would be a big help.
Arrived at Norwalk Station around 5:20 AM and took the Green Line to Hawthorne. I was a bit surprised to see how packed the bus was at Hawthorne and also how folks both on the train and on the bus were a bit confused. Some folks on the bus needed to get off at Aviation but realized that they missed their stop–the bus driver did not announce each stop. As for me: from Norwalk to El Segundo took me about 1 hour and 15 minutes. We’ll see how well it goes this afternoon and through the rest of the week.
Still surprised that (1) the fact that 5 Green Line stations were being shutdown for 71 days didn’t get more news coverage and that (2) there aren’t enough announcements/signs. People on the train that I don’t normally see were asking questions. Kudos to having staff at Hawthorne to explain things, though.
Thanks for the feedback Tim! We’ll be passing this along to staff so they can review and adjust service planning accordingly.
Writer, The Source
I picked up the flyer on the Silver Line detailing the shuttle bus arrangement. Even if they run them “at the same frequency” as the Green Line, they will need multiple buses for each arrival during rush hour. Will Metro actually commit maybe 100 buses to this effort (and do they have that many buses and drivers to commit)?
If not, the commute beyond Hawthorne will be quite miserable (the flyer says the estimate would be 17 minutes, but does that take into account the need for maybe several hundred passengers to make that additional journey?).. We shall see.
A vaguely similar job in the north-west of England necessitated a 12-week closure, so 71 days for installing two new junctions on an elevated electrified railway doesn’t look excessive.
Will there be a special timetable for trains between Hawthorne/lennox and Norwalk, or will they run to the normal timetable between those stations?
The idea that you have to take a Green Line whole segment down for almost two months, as previously pointed out, is nonsense and should have taken no more than a few days to a week at most, with upgrades done at night or on weekends like the Blue Line is doing. Rush hour transit from Hawthorne is out of the question from a time perspective due to traffic that will clog up the bus schedule pretty consistently. But it is consistent with Metro construction oversight of this line. A prime example is the ongoing removal of lanes at Century and Aviation Boulevards when ground level construction / falsework / etc seems to have been done for weeks yet lane closures and k rail barricades remain, even with the closure of the ramp from the 405 to the 105. Century should have been cleared and restriped prior to that closure. it is just in line with the general p**s poor planning that goes on in Los Angeles County overall, where no one seems to look at the big picture and everything is done with the benefit of the immediately affected end user taken into account last.
In addition to signs on where o go to catch the shuttles, footprints or arrows showing the path would help. They make the route clear for those that may have language or orientation issues (ADA compliance). Hospitals have been using coloured lines for decades. Escape route arrows are also common.
I wonder how the rolling stock will be stored…
My guess is in the Blue Line Yard. At Willowbrook there is a Blue-Green connector
Will be interesting to watch how this may affect two things
1) The Aviation stop parking lot may be less crowded as the Park and ride the G bus option is less attractive.
2) The time when the Norwalk stop parking lot is full. Currently around 0615.
When transit was operated for its riders instead of public agencies convenience this would be a two to four night processes. The special work (switches) would be assembled off sight to confirm that everything fit. Then one set of switches would be installed overnight then the following night the switch would be installed on the opposite track. Additional nights would be used to clean up anything that could not be accomplished during the instillation. Since this involves cutting the current track at the switch, removing it and replacing it with the new switch. Why would it take more than one overnight event per switch? Projects like this are done by railroads and transit agencies overnight frequently without even disrupting normal service. The overhead can also be added overnight without the lose of normal service
Well maybe because they are also upgrading the entire system from Aviation to Redondo Beach at the same time…