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Metro Bus and Rail service to be impacted this weekend in downtown Los Angeles due to construction work on Expo Line, Rock & Roll Half Marathon

Thursday October 21, 2010

Metro Bus and Rail service will be impacted by detours and delays in downtown Los Angeles area beginning tonight at 9 p.m. until Monday, October 25, due to the continue construction work to tie-in the tracks of the future Expo Line with the Metro Blue Line and the Rock & Roll Half Marathon to be held on Sunday, October 24.

Metro Blue Line passengers will experience up to 40 minutes delays due to the full closure of the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Metro will provide bus shuttle service between the Washington Station and the 7th St./Metro Center Station. Rail service from Washington Station to Long Beach Transit Mall will not be affected.

Metro expects to have the Metro Blue Line service restored on Monday before rush hours between Washington and 7th St/Metro Center Stations. Should any unforeseen delay occur, the bus shuttle service will continue in operation with buses running between Washington and 7th St./Metro Center stations.

The Metro Blue stations affected will be San Pedro, Grand Avenue, Pico/Chick Hearn and 7th/Metro Center. Rail service from Washington Station to Long Beach Transit Mall will not be affected. There also will be Metro personnel at Washington and 7th/Metro Center stations to help direct patrons.

The bus shuttle service will operate every 15 to 20 minutes on Friday night. On Saturday, buses will run every 5 to 10 minutes and after 8 p.m. every 15 to 20 minutes. On Sunday, due to the Rock & Roll Half Marathon the shuttle buses won't stop on 7th St/Metro Center but will continue to Pershing Square Station from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 The temporary bus stops will be located near the stations. Those passengers coming from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles will have to transfer from the train to the bus at the Washington Station, on Long Beach Avenue just south of Washington Boulevard. The buses will have stops at San Pedro Station on Washington Boulevard just east of San Pedro Street, at Grand Avenue Station on Washington Boulevard east of Olive Avenue, at Pico/ Chick Hearn Station on Pico Boulevard, east of Flower Street and at 7th/Metro Center at the Figueroa Street entrance to the Metro Rail station.

Metro Blue Line customers traveling to Long Beach can board buses at the Hope Street entrance to the 7th St./Metro Center. Buses will make stops at Pico/Chick Hearn station on Pico Boulevard, east of Flower Street, at Grand Avenue Station on Washington Boulevard east of Grand Avenue, at San Pedro Station on Washington Boulevard just east of San Pedro Street, and at Washington Station will be on Washington Boulevard just east of Long Beach Boulevard.

Metro patrons are advised to allow extra time for their trips and check television monitors in train stations or call Metro's hot line number 213- 922-4999 for the latest information on the construction work and service impacts. All work is subject to weather delays.

The Expo Line is a new 8.5 mile light rail line under construction from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City. It will share tracks and two stations with the Metro Blue Line along the Flower Street portion of the alignment. For Expo Line Construction information contact (213) 922-3976.

Rock & Roll Half Marathon Los Angeles

The Rock & Roll Half Marathon to be held Sunday, October 24, will start in Griffith Park and will take runners past the Silverlake Reservoir, down Sunset Boulevard, along the edge of Echo Park Lake, and finishes at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. The closure of streets and detours will begin around 6 a.m.

Metro Bus Lines to be impacted by the Rock & Roll Half Marathon will be 2, 4, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 26, 28, 37, 48, 51, 53, 55, 60, 62, 66, 70, 71, 78, 79, 81, 83, 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 200, 201, 439, 442, 445, 460, 485, 487, 603, 770, and 910.

Metro Bus service will return to regular service as soon as the streets are reopened. For more information on detours and delays, Metro will tweet the information on http://twitter.com/metroLAalerts. For alerts and general Metro information, go to http://twitter.com/metrolosangeles.

Metro apologizes for any inconvenience and recommends patrons plan ahead if traveling through this area. For information on Metro Bus and Rail services, visit the Metro Trip Planner at www.metro.net or call 1 (800) COMMUTE.

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