Come Sunday morning, long stretches of Sunset Boulevard and other streets through Echo Park and Silver Lake will be closed to vehicle traffic as 25,000 runners in the Los Angeles Marathon make their way from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Some marathon officials predict the streets will reopen as early as 9:30 AM as the last of the runners pass through the two neighborhoods. Still, the street closures are requiring some residents, business owners and bus riders to rethink their Sunday morning routines. Bus riders will face some of the biggest problems getting around, with the lines that normally run down Sunset Boulevard – including the No. 2 & 4 lines – running only west of Vermont Avenue. “Regular service on some lines will be restored as the race progresses, but full service on all lines is not expected to resume until approximately early evening,” the MTA said in a service advisory *.
In Silver Lake, Debra King, owner of Madame Matisse in Silver Lake, was trying to figure out the best way her workers could get to her restaurant on Sunset Boulevard and Maltman Avenue in time for its usual 7:30 AM opening. “I’m sure there are others who need to get in and out of our neighborhood for work that morning and it will help if we can at least know some alternate routes through the area,” she said in an email. “Someone mentioned taking Silver Lake Blvd under Sunset and coming up behind on Marathon to get west of Sunset but who knows?”
In Echo Park, the marathon route will take runners past the front door of Angelus Temple across from Echo Park Lake. But the church will be relatively empty since its canceled its 9 AM service and merged it with its 11 AM service.
Meanwhile, on the eastern fringe of Echo Park, the residents of the more than 50 homes, apartment buildings and a condominium complex on Everett Street are preparing to be cut off from the city for a few hours once the marathon begins. That’s because the only way to get to Everett is off Sunset, which will be closed for the runners. Still, that’s probably not going to be a big deal, said a few residents who live around the hilltop Everett Park.
“It’s unfortunate but it’s only one day,” said Kirk Vaughn. “I’m going to stay in.”
Update: MTA spokeswoman Helen Ortiz-Gilstrap said Echo Park bus riders will be able to take the No. 204 Line south on Alvarado Street (from Santa Ynez Street) and transfer to east-west bus lines that run on Beverly and Wilshire Boulevard. Riders can search for alternate routes using the Metro Trip Planner or by calling 1-800-COMMUTE