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For Carmageddon, officials say stay local, use public transit

July 13, 2011 |  6:56 pm

Carmageddon

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other officials Wednesday urged city residents to take advantage of the “Carmageddon” weekend to shop locally and use public transit.

Metro will be temporarily waiving fees on the Orange, Purple and Red lines and 26 other bus lines this weekend. Metrolink will increase commuter rail service on the Antelope Valley and Ventura lines as well as offer an unlimited use $10 weekend pass, good system wide.

Ten miles of the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 freeways will be closed beginning Friday night and ending early Monday so crews can demolish the Mulholland Drive bridge. Hoping to avoid a monumental traffic jam, authorities have been urging celebrities such as Tom Hanks and Ashton Kutcher to tweet their followers about the shutdown. Hanks also urged them to eat and shop locally.

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-- Sam Quinones

Photo: A sign advises of an onramp closure as part of the shutdown of part of the 405 Freeway for 53 hours beginning Friday. Credit: Getty Images

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