Los Angeles, CA – The recent closure of I-10 in Downtown Los Angeles due to a fire has disrupted traffic and created significant challenges for motorists and commuters. However, there are viable alternatives available, such as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and other public transit options. In this blog post, we will explore how utilizing Metro and public transit can help you navigate the closure and reach your destination efficiently.
Metro Rail Lines: E Line and A Line
One of the best alternatives to I-10 is Metro’s E Line, a 22-mile rail line that runs parallel to the freeway. It offers 29 stations between East Los Angeles and Santa Monica, providing a convenient route for travel. The E Line can help you reach various destinations around Downtown Los Angeles while avoiding the congestion caused by the freeway closure.
🚨TRAFFIC ALERT🚨— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) November 13, 2023
I-10 remains closed in #DTLA btwn Alameda St & the East LA interchange. Plan for extra time for your morning commute, work from home if you can, or take public transit. Check https://t.co/O37QesJHpw prior to leaving for your destination for road closures. pic.twitter.com/AHxVr8blOs
Another excellent option is Metro’s A Line, which spans 48.5 miles and encompasses 44 stations from Azusa to Long Beach. This line offers an alternative to the I-110 and I-210 freeways, making it an ideal choice for commuters traveling to and from these areas.
Metrolink: Connecting From Surrounding Counties
For those coming from Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, or Orange counties, Metrolink is a viable alternative. Their San Bernardino and Riverside lines offer service into Union Station, where you can easily transition to Metro’s A, B, and D rail lines. Metrolink is increasing capacity and adding temporary roundtrip service on the San Bernardino Line to accommodate the increased demand during the freeway closure. Be sure to check their schedule updates for the latest information.
Metro Bus Lines: A Comprehensive Network
Metro’s extensive bus network provides numerous options for commuters looking to navigate the city during the I-10 closure. The Silver Line (910/950) and Line 487/489 operate along the I-10 ExpressLanes, offering a reliable and efficient way to travel. Additionally, Line 76 on Valley Boulevard north of I-10 and Line 70 on Garvey Boulevard south of I-10 can help you reach your destination in those areas.
Within the immediate vicinity of the closure, Metro offers multiple bus lines, including Line 18 on 6th Street and Line 66 on Olympic Boulevard, providing convenient alternatives for those traveling around the affected area.
Transit Partners: Foothill Transit
Foothill Transit is another valuable resource for commuters during the I-10 closure. They operate several lines that serve Downtown Los Angeles, including the Silver Streak Express, which utilizes the I-10 ExpressLanes for a swift journey from Montclair to Downtown L.A. They also offer other express bus lines, such as 490, 493, 495, 498, 499, and 699, connecting communities throughout the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown Los Angeles.
Plan Your Journey and Stay Informed
To make the most of public transit during the I-10 closure, it’s important to plan your journey in advance. Visit metro.net or call 5-1-1 for Metro-related information, including parking lots, maps, schedules, and route planning tools. Caltrans’ quickmap.dot.ca.gov provides real-time freeway traffic conditions, helping you make informed decisions. Furthermore, you can reach out to 323-Go Metro for transit planning assistance.
The closure of I-10 in Downtown Los Angeles presents a significant challenge for motorists and commuters. However, by utilizing Metro’s rail lines, the extensive bus network, and partnering with transit agencies like Metrolink and Foothill Transit, you can navigate around the closure and reach your destination with ease. Embracing public transit during this period not only helps alleviate traffic congestion but also contributes to a greener and more sustainable future for Los Angeles.
NASA Remembers Trailblazing Astronaut, Scientist Mary Cleave
Retired NASA astronaut Mary Cleave, a veteran of two NASA spaceflights, died Nov. 27. She was 76. A scientist with training in civil and environmental engineering, as well as biological sciences and microbial ecology, Cleave was the first woman to serve as an associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
Born in Southampton, New York, Cleave received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, in 1969, and Master of Science in microbial ecology and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering, both from Utah State University, Logan, in 1975 and 1979, respectively.
“I’m sad we’ve lost trail blazer Dr. Mary Cleave, shuttle astronaut, veteran of two spaceflights, and first woman to lead the Science Mission Directorate as associate administrator,” said NASA Associate Administrator Bob Cabana. “Mary was a force of nature with a passion for science, exploration, and caring for our home planet. She will be missed.”
Cleave was selected as an astronaut in May 1980. Her technical assignments included flight software verification in the SAIL (Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory), spacecraft communicator on five space shuttle flights, and malfunctions procedures book and crew equipment design.
Cleave launched on her first mission, STS-61B, aboard space shuttle Atlantis on Nov. 26,1985. During the flight, the crew deployed communications satellites, conducted two six-hour spacewalks to demonstrate space station construction techniques, operated the Continuous Flow Electrophoresis experiment for McDonnell Douglas and a Getaway Special container for Telesat and tested the Orbiter Experiments Digital Autopilot.
Cleave’s second mission, STS-30, which also was on Atlantis, launched May 4, 1989. It was a four-day flight during which the crew successfully deployed the Magellan Venus exploration spacecraft, the first planetary probe to be deployed from a space shuttle. Magellan arrived at Venus in August 1990 and mapped more than 95% of the surface. In addition, the crew also worked on secondary payloads involving indium crystal growth, electrical storms, and Earth observation studies.
Cleave transferred from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland in May 1991. There, she worked in the Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes as the project manager for SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing, Wide-Field-of-view-Sensor), an ocean color sensor which monitored vegetation globally.
In March 2000, she went to serve as deputy associate administrator for advanced planning in the Office of Earth Science at NASA’s Headquarters in Washington. From August 2005 to February 2007, Cleave was the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate where she guided an array of research and scientific exploration programs for planet Earth, space weather, the solar system, and the universe. She also oversaw an assortment of grant-based research programs and a diverse constellation of spacecraft, from small, principal investigator-led missions to large flagship missions.
Cleave’s awards included: two NASA Space Flight medals; two NASA Exceptional Service medals; an American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award; a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal; and NASA Engineer of the Year.
Cleave retired from NASA in February 2007.
Salmonella Outbreak: Cantaloupe Recall Investigation
Salmonella outbreak: Cantaloupes recalled. Ongoing investigation. Stay informed for updates on the recall.
In recent weeks, an outbreak of Salmonella linked to cantaloupes has raised concerns across the United States and parts of Canada. The outbreak, which began in early November 2023, has resulted in numerous cases of illness reported from various states. Health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are diligently investigating this outbreak to identify the source of contamination and prevent further illnesses. This blog post aims to provide an overview of the outbreak investigation, affected products and stores, symptoms of Salmonella infection, and recommendations for consumers and businesses.
On November 22, 2023, Crown Jewels Produce, Sofia Produce, and CF Dallas initiated a recall of fresh cantaloupes and related products due to potential Salmonella contamination. As of November 24, CDC reported a total of 99 cases from 32 states, with the latest onset date being November 10, 2023. The investigation is still ongoing, as authorities are working to determine if additional products are linked to the illnesses. The FDA will provide updates on this situation as more information becomes available.
Affected Products and Stores:
The following brands of whole fresh cantaloupes have been recalled:
- Cantaloupes labeled “Malichita” or “Rudy,” with the numbers “4050” and “Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique.”
- These cantaloupes were sold in retail stores located in Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida, and Canada. It is important to note that this list may not include all states, as the cantaloupes could have reached consumers through further retail distribution.
Recalled cut cantaloupe and products made from the recalled whole cantaloupes include:
- ALDI’s cantaloupe, cut cantaloupe, and pineapple spears in clamshell packaging with Best-by dates between October 27 and October 31.
- Vinyard’s cantaloupe chunks and cubes, fruit mixes, melon medleys, and fruit cups containing cantaloupe. Most of these products have a “Vinyard” label, and some have a red label with “Fresh” sold between October 30 and November 10 in Oklahoma stores.
- Freshness Guaranteed seasonal blend, melon trio, melon mix, fruit blend, fruit bowl, seasonal fruit tray, fruit mix, and cantaloupe chunks. RaceTrac fruit medley sold in clear square or round plastic containers at select retail stores in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, Texas, and Louisiana.
Symptoms of Salmonella Infection:
Salmonella infection typically manifests within 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food and typically lasts for four to seven days. Common symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. It is important to note that severe infections are more likely to occur in children younger than five, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems.
Status and Recommendations:
The investigation into the cantaloupe-related Salmonella outbreak is still ongoing. Authorities will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. In the meantime, the following recommendations are crucial:
- Consumers, restaurants, retailers, and wholesalers should refrain from consuming, selling, or serving recalled cantaloupes or products containing cantaloupe.
- Those who have frozen cantaloupes for later use should check their freezers and discard any recalled fresh or cut cantaloupes.
- If you are unsure whether your cantaloupe is part of the recall, it is best to err on the side of caution and dispose of it.
- Retailers and wholesalers who received recalled whole melons should identify the boxes labeled “Malachita/Z Farms” or “Malichita” or “Rudy” from Crown Jewels Produce and Sofia Produce (TruFresh) and remove them from their inventory.
- It is crucial to follow FDA’s safe handling and cleaning advice, ensuring that any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with the recalled products are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to prevent cross-contamination.
- If you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of a Salmonella infection after consuming recalled cantaloupes, it is essential to seek medical attention promptly.
The outbreak investigation of Salmonella linked to cantaloupes is a matter of concern, and authorities are actively working to protect public health. By staying informed, following the recommendations, and taking necessary precautions, we can collectively mitigate the risks associated with this outbreak. Stay tuned for updates and adhere to the guidance provided by health authorities to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.
Remembering Matthew Perry: A Tribute to the Legacy of a Talented Actor
Remembering Matthew Perry, the talented actor from Friends, whose legacy in Los Angeles and beyond will forever be cherished.
Hollywood has lost one of its beloved talents with the passing of Matthew Perry, best known for his iconic role as Chandler Bing on the hit TV series “Friends.” The Emmy-nominated actor, aged 54, was found dead at his Los Angeles home, leaving fans and the entertainment industry in shock.
Perry’s portrayal of Chandler Bing, the sarcastic yet lovable character, made him a household name. His quick wit and impeccable comedic timing brought laughter to millions around the world. Alongside his talented co-stars, Perry’s presence on the show was instrumental in its success over ten seasons.
Beyond the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Perry was open about his personal struggles with addiction, which he candidly shared in his memoir. Despite his challenges, he continued to captivate audiences with his talent and dedication to his craft.
The loss of Matthew Perry is a tragic reminder of the fragility of life. His comedic genius and contributions to the entertainment industry will forever be remembered. Our hearts go out to his family, loved ones, and devoted fans during this difficult time.
Rest in peace, Matthew Perry. Your legacy will live on in the hearts of those who cherished your work and the laughter you brought into our lives.
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