Lolita Lopez, Fabian Rodriguez
The freeway closure presents new challenges for people who want to get to, or get out of LAX this weekend. Travelers are encouraged to use shuttle or train services during Carmageddon weekend. Lolita Lopez reports from LAX for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2012.
LAX is the third busiest airport in the country and this weekend’s 53-hour closure of the nation’s busiest freeway could snarl air travel for people coming in and out of the Southland airport.
For travellers heading toward LAX, a spokesperson for the airport recommends using mass transit or shuttle services, echoing months of warnings from transportation officials to leave the car at home.
Major lines, like the Blue and Gold, make a stop at Union Station, and from there a Flyaway bus can cart travellers to the terminals. Extra cars and buses are on standby, if needed. Trains will run 10 to 15 minutes apart.
The Metrolink line from Ventura is also adding weekend service because of Carmageddon, and Prime Time Shuttle service is holding drivers on standby while the San Diego (405) Freeway is shut down to accommodate for the demolition of the Mulholland Bridge.
"We have added a 45-minute buffer into all of our pickups to make sure that we can get everybody there on time," said Bobby Gibson, general manager of Primetime Shuttle.
Driver Ivar Ensminger says he’s ready to adapt to any closures that may pop up.
Charlotte Gallo took to the rails for her 200-mile trip from Arroyo Grande. She may have skipped the trip all together, but she had to attend her first grandson's special day.
"You can't change a child's birthday can you?" Gallo said.