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News Releases from August, 2012

August 31, 2012
I-405 Motorist Advisory: Advance Weekend I-405 Closures Required to Prepare for “Carmageddon II” Mulholland Bridge Demolition

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are advising the public that two extended, 10-hour directional freeway closures will be required on the weekends leading up to "Carmageddon II" September 29-30 to prepare the remaining half of the Mulholland Bridge for its final demolition.

Keywords: I-405 "Sepulveda Pass" construction "405 freeway" 405 "Mulholland Bridge" carmageddon caltrans
August 31, 2012
Metro, Kiewit to Open First Two Rebuilt Wilshire Ramps Three Weeks Early

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and its contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, plan to open two key ramps -- the Westbound Wilshire on-ramp to the Northbound I-405 and the Northbound I-405 off-ramp to Westbound Wilshire -- on Friday, August 31, to L.A. motorists, approximately three weeks earlier than scheduled and just in time for Labor Day weekend.

Keywords: I-405, "Sepulveda Pass" construction "405 freeway" 405 "wilshire ramps" wilshire 'freeway ramps" rampture "ramp jam"
August 30, 2012
Metro to Operate late-night Service on Sunday, Sept. 2

Metro will expand its special weekend late-night service that operates until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to include Sunday Sept. 2 on all Metro Rail, Orange Line and Silver Line service.

Keywords: "FYF Fest" "late-night service"
August 30, 2012
Metro and USC Team Up to Announce Enhanced Service to Make Getting to Trojan Home Games Easy and Convenient

 Steve Lopes, USC Senior Associate Athletic Director, Jan Perry, L.A. City Councilmember, and Metro CEO Art Leahy were joined today by members of the USC Song Girls and the Spirit of Troy band for a pep rally announcing enhanced service to University of Southern California home games this season. The first game -- this Saturday, Sept. 1 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum -- is sold out, which means 92,000 fans could be searching for parking.

Keywords: USC Trojans "USC Trojans" Expo "L.A. Memorial Coliseum"
August 29, 2012
Artists of the Metro Orange Line exhibition opens October 11 at Los Angeles Valley College

How artists enliven the public space of transit: Featuring the works of 20 artists, Translations: Artists of the Metro Orange Line is an exciting new exhibition organized in collaboration with Los Angeles Valley College.

Keywords: “Lisa Adams” “Sandow Birk” “Caryl Davis” “John Divola” “Roy Dowell” “Sam Erenberg” “Jud Fine” “Ken Gonzales-Day” “Phung Huynh” Anne Marie Karlsen” Margaret Lazzari” Laura London” “ Daniel Marlos” Michele Martinez” “John O’Brien” “Renée Petropoulos”
August 29, 2012
Metro to Operate Holiday Schedule on Monday, September 3

All Metro Buses and Metro Rail trains will operate on a holiday/Sunday schedule on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.

Keywords: Labor Day holiday operate
August 23, 2012
Avenue 64 and San Rafael surface options eliminated

Los Angeles, Calif. (Aug. 23, 2012) - Metro staff, working in conjunction with Caltrans, is recommending that the list of alternatives being studied for the SR 710 north-south connection from Alhambra to Pasadena be pared from 12 to five for further environmental study based on operational, engineering, financial and environmental considerations as well as public input. Among alternatives that would not continue are surface route options for Avenue 64 and San Rafael, or underground in the Mount Washington area or any surface highway options in those corridors.

Keywords: Avenue 64, San Rafael
August 23, 2012
I-405 “Countdown to the Closure II” Clock, Banner Ads Now Available at

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Get up-to-date clock and selection of banner ads at

Keywords: “Countdown to the Closure II” Clock I-405
August 23, 2012
Ride Metro and Go Back to School with Ease

With the end of August comes the start of the new school year, but don't let increased traffic and high gas prices make getting the kids to class a major headache. Metro has some solutions to help parents save time and transport their children to school safely.

Keywords: public transit school carpool bicycling
August 22, 2012
Carmageddon II: L.A. Metro Produces New Public Service Announcement for Sept. 29-30 I-405 Freeway Closure Featuring L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

 Los Angeles, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2012) - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has produced a new I-405 closure Public Service Announcement featuring L.A. City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that is now available for public use.

Keywords: I-405, "Sepulveda Pass" construction "405 freeway" 405 "Mulholland Bridge" carmageddon caltrans
August 21, 2012
Safety First -- but Fun a Close Second -- for USC Trojan Home Games via Metro

As the USC Trojans gear up for their first home game Sept. 1, Metro is preparing to carry thousands of new customers to assist the estimated 80,000 fans who crowd the games. The new Expo Line and Silver Line that stop just a short walk from L.A. Memorial Coliseum and USC, are the perfect transit to help Trojan fans avoid what can be massive parking and traffic issues before and after the games.

Keywords: "Safety first" fun USC games via Metro
August 20, 2012
Metro ExpressLanes Transponders Now Available at Auto Club Branches throughout Southern California

Through a marketing partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Automobile Club of Southern California members can open a FasTrak® account and obtain an ExpressLanes transponder for the discounted price of $32 when using a credit or debit card to open the account.

Keywords: "Expresslanes" "Transponders" "Auto Club" "FastTrak"
August 20, 2012
Meet Me @Metro to Celebrate Transit and Performing Arts

The third annual Meet Me @Metro, an event that combines public transit with theatre, is right around the corner. Join the Watts Village Theater Company and six of Los Angeles' most fearless theatre companies for a hands-on expedition that will stop for short performances of music and dance at culturally significant sites around the Metro Gold Line.

Keywords: "Meet me @ Metro" transit performing arts celebrate
August 16, 2012
EZ Transit Passes Transitioning to TAP cards, beginning Sept. 1

The EZ transit pass -- the monthly pass good for travel on 25 different public transit carriers throughout Los Angeles County -- will begin the transition from paper to TAP cards Sept. 1, making it easier for customers to travel without transfers, renew their passes each month and replace their cards, should they be lost of stolen. The EZ transit pass is one of the last paper passes to transition to smart card technology.  

Keywords: EZ Transit pass transition TAP cards
August 16, 2012
Metro reaches a 3-year contract with ATU

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) reached a 3-year contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), representing over 2,300 bus and rail maintenance employees.

Keywords: Metro 3-year contract ATU
August 14, 2012
Good News – Metro Silver Line Launches Expanded Late-Night Service Friday, Aug. 17

And now, more good news: The Metro Silver Line will begin running expanded late-night service starting this Friday, Aug. 17. The Silver Line busway will operate until approximately 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, with the last bus departing Artesia Transit Center at 1:56 a.m. and El Monte Bus Station at 2 a.m. This new service schedule is a welcome addition to the extended late-night rail service which began three weeks ago.

Keywords: "Silver Line" "Artesia Transit Center" "El Monte Bus Station" "late-night service"
August 09, 2012
Measure R Project: Federal Transit Administration Grants L.A. Metro ‘Record of Decision’ for Westside Subway Extension Project

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), August 9, granted the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) a Record of Decision (ROD) for the $5.6 billion Westside Subway Extension, officially certifying that the project has satisfied all federal guidelines for environmental analysis.

Keywords: "Westside subway" FTA "Record of Decision" "subway to the sea" "measure r"
August 07, 2012
Go Expo for “BIG BIG Dinosaur Day” at Natural History Museum

 All aboard the Expo Line for the dinosaur train! Meet Buddy the T. Rex of The Jim Henson Company animated kids' show "Dinosaur Train" and celebrate "BIG BIG Dinosaur Day" on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Natural History Museum. The museum is conveniently located next to the Metro Expo Line's Expo/Vermont Station. Go Metro and save on admission.

Keywords: PBS "Dinosaur Week"
August 06, 2012
Travel Down the Rabbit Hole with Metro

Lovers of the movie “Alice in Wonderland” rejoice! Street Food Cinema is screening the cinematic tale of whimsy and imagination outdoors on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Expo Park, which is conveniently served by the Metro Expo Line from the Expo Park/USC Station. Go Metro and receive a discount on admission.

Keywords: "street food cinema"
August 03, 2012
Metro Expo Line and USC a Winning Team for Home Games at the L.A. Coliseum This Fall

 This fall for the first time, Metro and the University of Southern California will team up to make getting to USC home games fast, inexpensive and easier than driving.

Keywords: antonovich USC expo "expo line"
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