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Situated in downtown Los Angeles and adjacent to Union Station, the Patsaouras Plaza Busway Station project will be a new transit busway station for the Metro Silver Line and other transit buses operating on the El Monte Busway. The design will place the busway south of Patsaouras Transit Plaza, in the median of the El Monte Busway next to US-101. The new busway station will allow buses travelling in both directions to serve Union Station with a minimum delay for passengers traveling to other destinations.

Project Highlights

  • A new pedestrian bridge will allow passengers to walk directly from the Patsaouras Transit Plaza to the new busway station.
  • New lighting and closed circuit TV systems (CCTV) provide commuters with a safer passage through the Union-Patsaouras Plaza.
  • New bus, light rail, and heavy rail connections (including connections to Metro, Metrolink, and Amtrak) will be added to this transportation hub to increase availability and access that will promote stress free, safe, and convenient commuting.

Location :
Patsaouras Plaza at Union Station,
Downtown Los Angeles

Construction Start Date:
Fall 2016

Projected Completion:
Spring 2018


Division 20 Portal Widening & Turnback Facility

Thanks to those of you who were able to join us for the Community Meeting on December 21, 2016at 6:30pm at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Room 160, 960 E. 3 rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. We appreciated your taking the time to learn about the proposed improvements and share your input. Click here for a link to the presentation .

Metro accepted public comments on the environmental document for the Division 20 Portal Widening & Turnback Facility Project – Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) – from December 19, 2016, through February 13, 2017. The Final IS/MND is available for public review at the Metro Transportation Library at One Gateway Plaza, 15 th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012, and online here at www.metro.net/capitalprojects under “Reports and Info”.

In addition, the Metro Board approved the proposed project, Final IS/MND and mitigation measures at their Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Project Summary

In order to accommodate increased service levels on the Metro Red/Purple Lines, Metro is planning critical facility improvements including a widening of the heavy rail tunnel south of the US-101 freeway (Portal Widening) and a new turnback facility (Turnback Facility) in the Division 20 rail yard. With these improvements, new tracks and switches will allow trains to turn around more quickly at Union Station.

Presently, the Metro Red and Purple Lines carry over 140,000 passengers each day and ridership is expected to grow by 49,000 when the Metro Purple Line is extended to the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center (as described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Metro Purple Line Extension). Many Red/Purple Line trains switch tracks before entering Union Station, which is the reason that some trains operate more slowly coming in and out of the station. This project will allow switching to take place after riders get on or off trains. It will also help to ensure safety and reliability on the system, a sufficient capacity to serve future passengers and a more effective operation of Metro’s expanding subway network.

For more information, please contact Patricia Soto, sotopa@metro.net .

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Arts District Project Area

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Construction Safety Tips

Throughout the construction process, Metro places the highest priority on the safety of our workers and the community.  During Metro's efforts to maintain its assets in good working order, we believe in taking a proactive approach to promote safe behavior near construction sites and increase safety awareness for all commuters, patrons and stakeholders in the construction zone areas.

Construction zones can be very dangerous, so remember to always stay safe when you’re around them. Here are ten simple safety rules to help you stay safe:

  • Avoid going near a construction zone whenever possible. Heavy machinery and debris can be hazardous.
  • Do not walk, run, ride or play in a construction area or around construction equipment, dirt piles and work areas.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk or designated walkway. Watch for sidewalk closure signs and remain alert to posted notices of temporary walkways.
  • To avoid distraction, do not use cell phones, headphones, video games or other hand held devices in construction zones. Staying alert to your surroundings reduces the likelihood of an incident.
  • Stop, look and listen for construction vehicles like bulldozers and dump trucks, as dust can impede your vision, and always be prepared for sudden stops and wide turns.
  • See and be seen. Cross only at intersections and make eye contact with drivers and construction vehicles.
  • Slow down and follow signs that tell you where to walk, skateboard or bicycle.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and falling objects in construction zones, even if they are not directly overhead. Wind can blow them in your direction.
  • Respect the construction, signage and any instructions by those working on the project.
  • Obey all posted reduced speed limits in the area.
  • Stay outside orange cones, construction fences and chain link fences.

Construction Notices

Start Date Notice Brief More Info
09/21/2017 Northbound U.S. 101 Vignes St. Intermittent on/off Ramp Closures, Beginning Thursday, September 21, 9am-4pm, Weekdays Only
Area: Where's it happening?

The Northbound U.S. 101 Vignes St. on/off ramps, adjacent to the construction zone, will experience intermittent on/off ramp closures beginning Thursday, September 21, 2017, between the hours of 9am to 4pm, weekdays only. These intermittent ramp closures are required as construction crews perform project related work at this location.

Our goal throughout this process is to keep the public aware of possible construction impacts including delays, detours, lane closures & potential noise. Having advance notice of these events will allow local residents & business to prepare accordingly.

More information about Northbound U.S. 101 Vignes St. Intermittent on/off Ramp Closures, Beginning Thursday, September 21, 9am-4pm, Weekdays Only in HTML format
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09/15/2017 Patsaouras Plaza Bus Station Late Night Work - NB U.S. 101Vignes St. ramps re-open
Area: Vignes St. & Ramirez St. Intermittent Lane Closures, Friday, September 15, 9pm-5am, Late Night Only -Northbound U.S. 101 Vignes St. on/off-ramps to Re-open

The intersection of Vignes St. & Ramirez St. adjacent to Patsaoras Plaza and the project construction zone will experience intermittent lane closures in all directions, Friday, September 15, 2017, late night, between the hours of 9:00pm and 5:00am.
During this period, construction crews perform road work in preparation for the re-opening of the northbound U.S. 101 Vignes St on/off-ramps, shortly after work is complete.

More information about Patsaouras Plaza Bus Station Late Night Work - NB U.S. 101Vignes St. ramps re-open in HTML format
More information about Patsaouras Plaza Bus Station Late Night Work - NB U.S. 101Vignes St. ramps re-open in PDF format
09/15/2017 Patsaouras Bus Plaza Station Notice - Center St Full Closure- 9-15-17
Area: Center St., between Ramirez St. & Commercial St. (adjacent to the project workzone).

Center St. between Ramirez St. & Commercial St., adjacent to the project workzone, will experience a full street closure on Friday, September 15, 2017, late night between the hours of 9pm-5am.

More information about Patsaouras Bus Plaza Station Notice - Center St Full Closure- 9-15-17 in HTML format
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08/24/2017 Metro Gold Line - South Pasadena Station, Access Ramp Construction
Area: Gold Line - South Pasadena Station, southeast entrance, near the El Centro St.

Beginning Thursday, August 24, 2017 and continuing through October 2017, Metro crews will construct a concrete ADA-compliant access ramp at the Gold Line South Pasadena Station, southeast entrance, near the El Centro St. Temporary access to the station entrance will continue throughout construction.

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08/07/2017 Metro Gold Line - South Pasadena Station, Access Ramp Construction
Area: Gold Line - South Pasadena Station, southeast entrance, near the El Centro St.

Beginning Monday, August 7, 2017 and continuing through October 2017, Metro crews will construct a concrete ADA-compliant access ramp at the Gold Line South Pasadena Station, southeast entrance, near the El Centro St.  Temporary access to the station entrance will continue throughout construction.

More information about Metro Gold Line - South Pasadena Station, Access Ramp Construction in HTML format
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06/23/2017 Center St. Lane Closures – Beginning June 23, 2017, Late Night Only
Area: Center St., between Ramirez St. & Commercial St. (adjacent to the project workzone)

Center St. between Ramirez St. & Commercial St., adjacent to the project workzone, will experience intermittent lane closures beginning Friday, June 23, 2017, late night, 9pm-5am.  These lane closures are required as construction crews perform project related work at this location.

More information about Center St. Lane Closures – Beginning June 23, 2017, Late Night Only in HTML format
More information about Center St. Lane Closures – Beginning June 23, 2017, Late Night Only in PDF format
06/22/2017 NB US 101 Vignes St. On/Off-ramp Closure – EXTENDED thru September 15, 2017
Area: NB US 101 Vignes St. On/Off-ramp

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the northbound US 101 Vignes St on/off-ramps closure has been extended thru September 15, 2017

More information about NB US 101 Vignes St. On/Off-ramp Closure – EXTENDED thru September 15, 2017 in HTML format
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06/19/2017 I-10 Busway Bridge Lane Closures, Monday, June 19, 10pm-5am, Late Night Only
Area: I-10 Busway Bridge between Alameda Street and Mission Rd

The I-10 Busway Bridge between Alameda Street and Mission Rd. will be closed in both eastbound and westbound directions, Monday, June 19, 2017, between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am, as construction crews perform related project work. Our goal throughout this process is to keep the public aware of possible construction impacts including delays, detours, lane closures & potential noise. Having advance notice of these events will allow local residents & business to prepare accordingly.

More information about I-10 Busway Bridge Lane Closures, Monday, June 19, 10pm-5am, Late Night Only in HTML format
More information about I-10 Busway Bridge Lane Closures, Monday, June 19, 10pm-5am, Late Night Only in PDF format
06/07/2017 I-10 Busway Bridge Lane Closures, Wednesday & Thursday, June 7-8, 10pm-5am, Late Night Only
Area: Route I-10 between Alameda Street and Mission Rd.

The I-10 Busway Bridge between Alameda Street and Mission Rd. will be closed in both eastbound and westbound directions, Wednesday & Thursday, June 7-8, 2017

More information about I-10 Busway Bridge Lane Closures, Wednesday & Thursday, June 7-8, 10pm-5am, Late Night Only in HTML format
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06/05/2017 Northbound U.S. 101 Auxiliary Lane Closure, Monday thru Friday, June 5-9, 8pm-6am, Late Night Only
Area: NB U.S. 101 at Vignes St., adjacent to project workzone.

The auxiliary lane on the Northbound US 101 at Vignes St (adjacent to project workzone) will be closed Monday thru Friday, June 5- 9

More information about Northbound U.S. 101 Auxiliary Lane Closure, Monday thru Friday, June 5-9, 8pm-6am, Late Night Only in HTML format
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05/09/2017 NB US 101 Vignes St. On/Off-ramp Closure – EXTENDED thru June 28, 2017
Area: NB US 101 on/off-ramps at Vignes St.

NORTHBOUND US 101 AT VIGNES ST. ON/OFF-RAMP FOUR MONTH CLOSURE 

The northbound US 101 Vignes St on/off-ramps has been extended thru June 28, 2017. This long term ramp closure is required as construction crews perform project related work at this location.

More information about NB US 101 Vignes St. On/Off-ramp Closure – EXTENDED thru June 28, 2017 in HTML format
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05/01/2017 Ramirez St. 2-Month Closure, Beginning May 1, 2017
Area: Ramirez St. 2-Month Closure, Beginning May 1, 2017

Ramirez St., between Center St. and Keller St. adjacent to the project work zone, will close for approximately two months, beginning Monday, May 1, 2017.  This long term street closure is required as construction crews perform project related work at this location.

More information about Ramirez St. 2-Month Closure, Beginning May 1, 2017 in HTML format
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03/27/2017 I-10 Busway/HOT (ExpressLanes) Closure, March 27-31, 10pm-5am, Late Night Only
Area: I-10 Busway/HOT (ExpressLanes)

PATSAOURAS PLAZA BUS STATION PROJECT - The I-10 Busway/HOT (ExpressLanes) on Route I-10, between Alameda Street and Route I-710, will be closed in both eastbound and westbound directions, March 27-31, 2017, between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am, as construction crews preform related project work.

More information about I-10 Busway/HOT (ExpressLanes) Closure, March 27-31, 10pm-5am, Late Night Only in HTML format
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03/27/2017 Center St. & Ramirez St. Closures, March 27-31, 8pm-5am, Late Night Only
Area: Center St. & Ramirez St.

PATSAOURAS PLAZA BUS STATION PROJECT - Center St. & Ramirez St., adjacent to the project work zone, will experience late night street closures March 27-31, 2017 between the hours of 8:00pm and 5:00am, as construction crews perform related project work.

Our goal throughout this process is to keep the public aware of possible construction impacts including delays, detours, lane closures & potential noise. Having advance notice of these events will allow local residents & business to prepare accordingly. 

More information about Center St. & Ramirez St. Closures, March 27-31, 8pm-5am, Late Night Only in HTML format
More information about Center St. & Ramirez St. Closures, March 27-31, 8pm-5am, Late Night Only in PDF format
03/01/2017 Metro Red Line Pershing Square Escalator Replacement Project
Area: Temporary station and plaza closure at WEST entrance of 4th St.

Metro work crews are in the process of replacing the escalators at the 4th Street west portal of Pershing Square Station. Therefore, the Pershing Square Station, 4th Street west entrance will be closed March, 2017 thru September 2017.  

More information about Metro Red Line Pershing Square Escalator Replacement Project in HTML format
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01/03/2017 Patsaouras Bus Plaza Station Notice - Vignes St Ramps
Area: Patsaouras Bus Plaza Station Notice - Vignes St Ramps

NORTHBOUND US 101 AT VIGNES ST. ON/OFF-RAMP FOUR MONTH CLOSURE 

The northbound US 101 Vignes St on/off-ramps will close for approximately four months, beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2017. This long term ramp closure is required as construction crews perform project related work at this location.

More information about Patsaouras Bus Plaza Station Notice - Vignes St Ramps in HTML format
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Capital Improvement Projects - State of Good Repair

Under the State of Good Repair initiative, Metro employs a variety of projects to keep existing and future transit assets in good working order, while substantially upgrading the overall transit system.

North Hollywood Underpass Project

Open since Summer, 2016, it's Metro’s latest effort to build safer pedestrian connections on its system.  The new tunnel will eliminate the mad dash across busy Lankershim Boulevard to catch a bus or train.  Additionally, the tunnel is expected to save riders four to five minutes when walking from an Orange Line bus to the Red Line platform — a substantial savings that will help Metro patrons make their bus and rail connections.

Universal Pedestrian Bridge Project

Located at the intersection of Lankershim Blvd & Universal Hollywood Drive, the Universal Pedestrian Bridge offers safe and convenient pedestrian access in the area surrounding Metro Rail’s Red Line Station and the Universal Studios Shuttle Stop. The bridge opened for public use on April 7, 2016.

Pershing Square Escalator Replacement Project

Construction involves the replacement of five escalators within the three portals at Pershing Square Station.  Additionally, crews will install and integrate new electrical and communication systems between the new escalators, video surveillance system, existing auxiliary power rooms, and train control and communication rooms.

Gold Line South Pasadena Station ADA Ramp Improvements

Construction of a new ADA ramp at the Gold Line South Pasadena Station work Includes installation of a new Passenger Assistance Telephone (PTEL).

Red Line Universal City Station Knock-Out-Panel (KOP) Closure Wall Installation

Construct the closure of the wall and existing knock-out-panel at the station mezzanine level. The closure will be finished with ceramic tile consistent with the station design and theme.

Metro Blue Line Upgrades

Safety

  • Camera and video enhancements
  • New safety signage at pedestrian crossings
  • Additional law enforcement and security personnel

Track and Cars

  • Refurbished 52 rail cars
  • Purchased 78 new rail cars
  • Track replacement as needed

Stations rehabilitation

  • New canopies
  • Improved lighting
  • Floor tile repair
  • Additional security cameras

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