Use Metro and public transit to avoid I-10 closure in DTLA

With the 10 freeway closed in downtown L.A. due to fire damage — the reopening is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 21 — we’re here to help you get where you’re going.

Our rail and bus system provides a number of ways to travel to & through DTLA from many parts of LA County. There are also many other transit providers in our region — including municipal bus lines, Metrolink regional rail and Amtrak.

The Metro rail & busway maps is above. See the bottom of this post for a detailed map that includes all LA County rail and bus routes.

To plan your transit trip we recommend using Google Maps, Apple Maps, the Transit app, the Moovit app or visit www.metro.net.

Some of the particulars about transit this week:

•Our E Line train offers east-west travel between East LA & Santa Monica and is a good alternative to the 10 freeway. Schedule/map

•Our J Line bus runs between El Monte, DTLA & San Pedro DTLA and is an alternative to the 10 and 110 freeways. Schedule/map

•Other bus lines that can be used to get around the closure are: Line 78 (Huntington), Line 18 (6th St), Line 66 (Olympic), Line 30 (Pico) and Line 33 (Venice). Schedules/maps for every rail/bus line. Metro Bus Lines 18, 60, 66, 251 all may have delays due to operating near the I-10 closure. For Line 251 consider taking A Line to avoid delays. For Line 66, consider taking E Line to avoid delays.

•Our guide for new riders is posted here — with info on how to reach upcoming events such as the LA Auto Show at the Convention Center, the UCLA-USC game at the Coliseum and games at Crypto.com arena.

•It costs $1.75 regular fare to ride Metro buses or trains. That includes 2 hrs of free transfers. Roundtrip is $3.50. TAP fare cards to pay fare can be bought from machines at Metro rail/busway stations. Info: www.metro.net/riding/fares/

•We offer paid or free parking at many of our rail/busway stations. Here’s the list.

•To reach Metro customer information, call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876) M-F 5am – 9pm, Sat/Sun 6am – 6pm.

•To reach Metro security, call 888.950.SAFE (7233) or use the free Transit Watch app to text security.

•If you’re traveling from the San Gabriel Valley and/or Inland Empire, Foothill Transit’s Silver Streak runs between Claremont, Union Station and DTLA. Silver Streak map/info. Other Foothill Transit lines that serve DTLA include their Lines 490, 493, 495, 498, 499 and 699. More info: https://www.foothilltransit.org/buslines/timetables

•Metrolink’s regional rail trains offer alternate routes into DTLA from the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, the Inland Empire and Ventura County. Metrolink is adding trips between Covina and Union Station and is adding cars on the San Bernardino line.  See the Metrolink system map below. Metrolink website: https://metrolinktrains.com/. Here’s the Metrolink map:

LADOT Official buses are another way to get around the city of LA. LADOT is offering free rides during the closure on its Commuter Express routes as well as several DASH lines that run to DTLA. Info: www.ladottransit.com/whatsnew/111223_h10.html The Commuter Express routes are generally longer-distance lines. Here’s the list of routes: https://www.ladottransit.com/comexp/

•Speaking of LADOT, they’re also helping our A and E Line trains — both lines have segments that run along streets.

We will continue to provide updates as our region navigates this closure of a key stretch of our freeway network. We’ll also be updating our social media streams: our regular Twitter, Twitter service alerts, Facebook and Instagram.

For updates on the closure, please follow Caltrans District 7 on Twitter.

And here’s the detailed Metro and public transit map:

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19 replies

  1. What happened to all the short line trains? I remember certain trains on the blue line used to run a far as Wardlow before turning into the yard. Now, it appears metro would rather run the trains competely empty to the yard rather than benefiting those who don’t need to go to the end of the line. Seems wasteful.

  2. If there really is a traffic crisis, then transit buses that use the same roads as all the cars being diverted off the freeway would experience equally bad, if not worse, delays. It’s not going to be attractive to people as an alternative to sitting in traffic if there isn’t an effort to add bus lanes, at least during this situation. They did a good job with the Figueroa bus lanes during the Blue Line closure. But I suppose the short construction span of this project isn’t going to allow for any creative solutions.

  3. The Service Alerts page has been down for over a week. When is that going to get fixed? There is currently an emergency on the A line and I can’t check your website. The Transit app doesn’t show any updates either.

    How can people be asked to use public transportation if it’s unreliable?

    I even asked a metro ambassador for help, and they told me wrong information. It’s very frustrating.

  4. How about reducing the times signals are red. Even before this incident, more time is wasted sitting waiting for a green light when there is no cross traffic.

    • Talk to the city of LA about that one. If it were up to Metro, this would have been a day 1 feature.

      If you don’t believe me, just look at how the Expo Line actually gets signal priority within Santa Monica city limits. LA simply refuses to play ball.

      • Yup, and yet the Phoenix area, an arguably more car centric area even than LA, gives its LRT nearly full priority along it’s almost entirely street – running alignment, and while not perfect, it certainly performs a heluva lot better than LA metro in street – running. Its so frustrating that the LA area refuses to emulate best practices which still manage to balance cross traffic concerns (even though I don’t even think that should be that important of a factor anyway).

  5. Will there be extra security on the metro rail? I’d like to take the trains again but I’m concerned about safety, especially after dark.

  6. Will the metro train headways be reduced to 5-8 minutes during rush hour? That would be a big help.

    • Hi Wendy;

      At this time, we’re sticking with our current service plans. We are monitoring ridership and service this week.

      Steve Hymon
      The Source

      • It is disappointing to see most Transit agencies across the city/ county refusal to add extra services during the crisis. How can we trust and rely on our Public Transportation system that never accommodates residents or commuters. Funding should be redirected if transit agencies refuse to add extra services during the emergency.

    • Hi Peter;

      That is being investigated by the city of LA and other authorities. See media articles for more information.

      Steve Hymon
      The Source

  7. Until commuters figure out the best alternative routes, I can imagine surface streets will be busier. Bus routes might be slower than usual.

    For those who drive anywhere near the A or E lines, it might be worth looking up which stations have parking lots.

  8. Will there be extra rail or bus services added during the freeway closures for the upcoming weeks since state of emergency was declared?

    • Nope. Metrolink only added Short Line service on the San Bernardino Lines while the 91 & OC Lines are basically stuck at their current schedule unless there is a boom in packed train in which case they’ll increase frequency.

      More than likely, commuters who have the WFH option will likely stick to that until this is resolved. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, people will simply head out early and the closure will likely have minimal impact.

      I work in Downtown and based on what I’m seeing from above, surface streets are a bit busier, but freeways are still mostly flowing as usual during rush hour.