After a massive fire ripped through a storage yard underneath the 10 Freeway on Saturday, badly damaging the interstate, Los Angeles public transit authorities are stepping up their services to help commuters avoid the prolonged closure.
Drivers will have to endure detours to the 101, 5 and 110 freeways for an indefinite period of time before the 10 Freeway reopens. Public transportation is also an option, and both Metro bus and train lines and Metrolink train lines are offering increased service.
Drivers who commute from the Inland Empire to downtown Los Angeles are encouraged to take Metrolink trains to Union Station before transferring to the A, B and D Metro lines.
Extra cars have been added to San Bernardino Line trains to accommodate more riders, according to Metrolink officials.
Six additional roundtrips between Union Station and Covina along the San Bernardino Line have also been added, with three in the morning and three in the afternoon.
“Due to the influx of riders on the Metrolink system, bike space may be limited,” transit officials said. “Please be courteous to your fellow riders.”
Metrolink riders told KTLA 5’s Erin Myers that they are concerned about the increase in passengers but are happy to hear that steps are being taken.
“[The freeway] being closed is going to be costly to a lot of people,” said Hazel Godinez, a commuter at Union Station. “So, I think that it’s a good idea that Metrolink is trying to provide more trains and buses.”
An alternative to the 110 and 210 freeways is the Metro A line, which runs from Azusa to Long Beach and has 44 stops along the way.
In downtown, bus line 18 on 6th Street and bus line 66 on Olympic Boulevard will most likely be detoured due to the freeway closure, officials said.
More information on L.A. Metro bus and train lines can be found by going to www.metro.net or by calling 511.