Things seems to have been going well at the LHC recently, with the current schedule expecting injection of beams in a little more than two months from now, on Thursday November 19. After that, the plan is for a week and a half of beam commissioning at 450 GeV, and 450 GeV collisions at the beginning of December. The machine will then be ramped up to first 1 TeV, then 3.5 TeV, with 3.5 TeV collisions on December 14.
Soon after that (December 17), the machine will go into a technical stop period for the holidays, starting back up January 7. From then on, the plan is for a month of more commissioning work and pilot physics. The first regular physics run at 3.5 TeV will last about 3 months, with expected luminosity of 54 pb-1. Then in May, the energy will be increased to somewhere in the range of 4-5 TeV, with a run beginning in June at that energy lasting until mid-October, with expected luminosity of 274 pb-1. The machine will then be reconfigured for a one-month run with heavy ions, and then go into a long shutdown at the end of November.
Anyway, that’s the latest plan, reality may turn out differently. For up to the minute information on how things are going, you can follow along here. The last sector to be ready is now supposed to be sector 67, which is in cooldown, the magnets currently around 200K.
See here for a recent Science Magazine story on the subject from Adrian Cho.