Saturday, June 4, 2011

Metro Offering Free Subway Rides When 405 Closes

Free subway rides will be offered on the Red Line subway under the Hollywood Hills on the July weekend when the San Diego (405) Freeway is blocked over 53 hours for a construction project, Metro officials are saying today.

The transit agency and Caltrans need to close the 405 starting the night of July 15 to demolish part of a landmark bridge that stands in the way of a $1.3 billion widening project.

A news conference is planned for Monday to announce details about how Angelenos and tourists can use public transit during the Friday-through-Monday morning closure.

Metro plans to run extra buses on major east-west streets, like Ventura, Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards. Although regular fares will be collected on buses, they will connect to the free Red Line trains for access across the mountains that separate the San Fernando Valley from Hollywood and the rest of L.A.

Sepulveda Boulevard, which runs through the construction zone, will be reserved for residents of the immediate Sepulveda Pass area only.

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