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REMINDER: Carmageddon II – Sept. 29-30

Reminder – the I-405 will be closed in both directions on September 29-30 to demolish the north side of the Mulholland Bridge. 

 Closures will be from:
Northbound – I-10 to US-101
Southbound – US-101 to Getty Center Dr.

 Unless you have a critical need to be in the area, public safety officials are requesting that you do your part by avoiding the area.  If you must travel that weekend, please plan ahead.  Sepulveda Blvd will be open for local access only. Motorists should use alternate regional freeways to bypass the Sepulveda Pass.

 The freeway will reopen on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 5am. Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6am.

Metro ExpressLanes Coming To I-110 This Fall


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Metro ExpressLanes is a pilot, one-year demonstration program overseen by Metro, Caltrans and several other mobility partners that have joined forces to develop a package of solutions to improve traffic flow and provide enhanced travel options on the I-10 and I-110 Freeways in Los Angeles County.

The program includes the introduction of congestion pricing by converting High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes; the improvement of transit service and other alternatives to driving; the updating of transit facilities; and the improvement of parking in downtown Los Angeles.

It is about improving mobility and offering a safe and reliable trip for users. Everyone benefits with reduced congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, increased travel time savings, and better trip reliability. Metro ExpressLanes is primarily funded with a $210 million congestion reduction demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Tolling begins October 2012 on the I-110 and February 2013 on the I-10. It’s about time.

Metro ExpressLanes features include:

  • Conversion of the I-10 El Monte Busway HOV lanes (I-605 to Alameda St) to HOT lanes
  • Conversion of the I-110 Harbor Transitway HOV lanes (Harbor Gateway Transit Center (formerly Artesia Transit Center) to Adams Bl) to HOT lanes
  • 59 new alternative fuel expansion buses and operating subsidy for the demo period 
  • El Monte Station Expansion
  • New Transit Station at Patsaouras Plaza
  • Harbor Transitway Park & Ride Upgrades
  • Metrolink Pomona Station Expansion
  • Transit Signal Priority Expanded in Downtown LA
  • 100 New Metro Vanpools
  • New expansion bicycle lockers at the Harbor Gateway Transit Center (formerly Artesia Transit Center) & bicycle station at El Monte Station
  • LA Express Park
  • Overall Program Budget – $290 million
  • Construction started in 2011
  • Customer Service Center opens Summer 2012
  • Tolling begins Fall 2012 

Increase in Parking Fines

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New Ordinance No. 182183 – Effective August 11, 2012 an Increase in Parking Fines

As part of the Fiscal Year 2012- 2013 adopted budget, the Mayor and City Council approved a parking fine increase of $5.00 for all parking violations, except for disabled parking violations. Disabled parking violations were increased by $10.00. The parking fine increase becomes effective August 11, 2012. During the budget deliberations, council requested that the Department notify the neighborhood councils, and other interested parties of the budget action and the effective date. The Department encourages all motorist to carefully review the parking restrictions before parking. The Department will continue to follow the California Vehicle Code requirements to provide an Administrative Review free of charge if contested within 21 days of issuance or 14 days of notice. If you have any further questions regarding the fine ordinance please refer to Council File #12-0600-S153, which includes the council action and bail schedule.  Visit the Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau if you have other questions regarding parking violations.

Free Help for Stranded Freeway Motorists

Free Help for Stranded Freeway Motorists

Whether it’s a flat tire, an empty gas tank, or an overheated radiator, chances are that one day, you’ll need help on the freeway. Thanks to the Freeway Service Patrol, help is on the way!

The Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) is a team of tow truck drivers patrolling freeways all over Los Angeles County to provide help to stranded motorists and assist in clearing traffic accidents to keep traffic moving.  This service is absolutely free of charge.

Metro FSP services include:

  • Changing flat tires
  • Jump-starting dead batteries
  • Refilling radiators and temporarily repairing leaking hoses
  • Providing a gallon of fuel
  • If the FSP cannot get a stranded car running within ten minutes, it will tow the vehicle to a safe location off the freeway.

To call an FSP truck, simply call free #399 from your mobile phone, or call for help from a freeway callbox.

The FSP tow trucks reduce traffic congestion by efficiently getting disabled cars running again or by quickly removing those cars from the freeway. FSP also greatly reduces the chances of further incidents caused by onlookers and impatient drivers. In addition, FSP helps save fuel and reduce air polluting emissions by reducing stop-and-go traffic.

The ultimate benefit of Metro Freeway Service Patrol is that the safety of the motorist is not compromised while the efficiency of our freeway infrastructure is maximized.

This program is funded by Proposition C, which passed in 1990 to fund transportation improvements and help reduce traffic congestion.

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Wednesday January 26, 2011

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Metro To Culver City Opens June 20!

Expo Line to Open Farmdale & Culver City Stations June 20
Media Relations issued a news release this afternoon noting that Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa announced today that Metro will officially open to the public both the Culver City Station and the Farmdale Station along the recently opened Metro Expo Line on Wednesday, June 20 at 12 noon. In addition, it was announced that patrons boarding trains at both the Farmdale and Culver City Station will receive free passes to use the Expo Line on June 20. The news release notes that the public opening of the Culver City Station coincides with Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday “Summer Solstice” Happy Hour which features special offers and free goodies from over 25 participating businesses throughout the downtown area, as well as outdoor entertainment and activities. The event takes place every third Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in beautiful downtown Culver City.

Saturday, April 28th – Expo Light Rail Grand Opening

Article:  Expo Light Rail Line Slated to Open Saturday
By Alan House
April 23, 2012

Link: http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/33680/expo-light-rail-line-slated-to-open-saturday/ 

During the Expo Line’s grand opening on April 28, Metro will sponsor community celebrations at the 7th Street/Metro Center, Expo Park/USC, Exposition Boulevard/Crenshaw Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard/Jefferson Boulevard stations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free events will include music, entertainment and food trucks.

Metro also will offer free rides on the entire line during that weekend, with paid service beginning on April 30.

For more information, visit metro.net/expo.

National Blvd. Closure Saturday

Please find enclosed the latest construction notice regarding a Temporary Full Closure on National Boulevard for street improvements near the Culver City Station.

 When:   Saturday, March 10, 2012 – From 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

                 One Day Only

 

Where:    National Blvd., between Washington Blvd. and Wesley St.

To view the construction notice – please click here.

 

Traffic Detour:

·        Southbound traffic will be prohibited between Washington Blvd. and Wesley St., and will be detoured along Washington Blvd., to La Cienega Blvd., and back to Jefferson Blvd.

 

·        Northbound traffic will be prohibited between Wesley St. and Washington Blvd., and will be detoured along La Cienega Blvd., to Washington Blvd, and back to National Blvd.

 

·        Local access will be maintained for all residents and business, subject to the Traffic Detour.

·        Pedestrian access will be maintained on the south side of National Blvd.

·        Directional signage will be used to safely direct drivers and pedestrians around the construction zones in order to minimize the disruption to traffic.

Advisories: Parking and “No Stopping Anytime” restrictions will be strictly enforced at all times. Please do not enter the construction work zone and obey all posted construction signs.

(Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.)

405 Freeway Closures Start Tonight

Advisory: TRAFFIC ALERT: 405 Fwy closures start tonight, Friday at 7pm, from 101 Fwy to Getty Ctr Dr, Los Angeles

Caltrans & Metro News Release: Construction Notice, Mulholland Bridge at 405 Freeway 

ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE MULHOLLAND BRIDGE AND THE I-405 SAN DIEGO FREEWAY 

Caltrans and Metro News Release: 

http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/I405/images/notice_2012_0302.pdf 

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project 

The contractor is scheduled to implement additional full directional freeway closures in order to further construct the falsework structure for the Mulholland Bridge. The falsework structure is designed to facilitate the reconstruction by providing temporary support to the bridge. Bridge girder plates will be temporarily placed above each bridge span and across each direction of the freeway roadway. The directional full freeway closures will be from the 101 freeway to the Getty Center Dr. ramps and are scheduled for six nights beginning Friday, March 2, 2012, weather permitting. 

Each night, ramps within the freeway closure limits may begin to close as early as 7:00 pm and freeway lanes will begin to close as early as 10:00 pm, leading up to the full directional freeway closure between the hours of 12:00 am, midnight, and 5:00 am. 

The table below provides details of the anticipated closure schedule: 

March 2 & 3 (Fri. & Sat.) – Northbound I-405 freeway from Getty Center Drive to Ventura Blvd. (freeway lanes closures starting at 10:00 pm) 

March 5 & 6 – Southbound I-405 freeway from the 101 freeway to Getty Center Dr. (freeway lanes closures starting at 10:00 pm) 

March 12 & 13 – Southbound I-405 freeway from the 101 freeway to Getty Center Dr. (freeway lanes closures starting at 10:00 pm) 

Where: Between the Getty Center Dr. ramps to the 101 freeway 

What: Falsework construction to support the reconstruction of the Mulholland Bridge 

When: Full directional freeway closures are anticipated to begin Friday, March, 2, 2012, and last approximately six nights, weather permitting. Each night, ramps within the freeway closures limits may begin to close as early as 7:00 pm and freeway lanes will begin to close as early as 10:00 pm, leading up to the full directional northbound freeway closure between the hours of 12:00 am, midnight, and 5:00 am. 

What to expect: Sepulveda Blvd. will remain open during the nights of the full directional freeway closures and will 
be used as a detour route. Detour maps are available at http://www.metro.net/405 

Emergency access will be maintained at all times 

For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/405 or follow us on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/I_405 and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/405project.

For more information contact the Community Relations Construction Impact Team at 213-922-3665 

Caltrans and Metro News Release: 

http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/I405/images/notice_2012_0302.pdf 

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