Subway snack bar gets some signage and moves toward opening

Rush Snack Bar signage comes up at 7th Metro Center Station.

Rush Snack Bar signage comes up at 7th Metro Center Station.

Andrew Cohen’s idea to bring a mini convenience store to the subway station at 7th Metro Center in downtown L.A. has lit up the local blogosphere. First reported by transit oriented realtor/blogger Brigham Yen, the story was then picked up by LAist, CurbedLA and Metrosity.

The buzz has the owner very understandably excited – after all, a shop in a subway station is an untested idea in L.A. Luckily it’s also a concept that has proven itself in other transit systems across the globe.

Signage has popped up outside the station but the storefront is still boarded up. Andrew says that construction is complete and after inspections Rush will be ready to open.

The tentative grand opening is next Friday, July 15th – just in time to entice those riders taking advantage of the free Carmageddon subway service.

Update: I asked Andrew if there would be any seating at the shop and this was his response, “There will be no seating. It is really a grab and go. A lot of people arriving to downtown can grab a salad or sandwich or a fresh juice on the way to work.” In addition, he mentioned snacks will be affordable with a dollar menu offering chips, soda, water and candy for a buck. Nice!

24 replies

  1. “Undercover cops can ride on the train and would be going after litterers”

    Or metro can spend that money on better service. Going after litterers seems very singaporeian. I don’t think we want to become a nanny state.

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  2. We don’t have the money to spend on undercover cops trying to catch people in the act of littering. That is pure fantasy. We have to have our security first trying to make sure people actually pay to use the system. There doesn’t seem to be even enough manpower for this. Letting people eat food and drink in the trains would be a disaster. People in this city are slobs. Trying to catch them in the act of leaving a wrapper or spilling their food is next to impossible.

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  3. Opening a food store at a station without giving the purchaser a place to eat at the station is inviting the purchaser to violate your rules. It is a trap for the unwary and is patently unfair or worse if a fine is imposed…. (Hmm, is the goal to increase revenue from fines via this trap?) Someone will litigate this. Think again.

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  4. So Metro will put signage up advertising the kiosk but can’t put up signage actually advertising the Metro Blue/Red/Purple Lines at any of those three 7th/Metro portals???

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  5. David, as much as I think the eating and drinking ban should be eliminated, this new store will be located outside the ticketed area and thus outside of the area within the scope of the consumption rules (the platforms and trains). If the new shop was located within the ticketed areas, or within the platform or on the train, I think you’d have an argument. Other than that, not so much.

    You make a good point, but on the litigation end, I’m not sure it would hold up.

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  6. I remember seeing a gourmet coffee stand at a station overseas and thinking, man, *this* is how you do transit.

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  7. There is definitely a class aspect to these kinds of laws. Eating and drinking is permitted on Metrolink (though social pressure will weed out the most annoying kinds of foods most of the time). This is because Metrolink riders are better educated and make more money on average than other types of transit users. It is not surprising to me that they are expected not to make a mess when they are permitted to eat or drink on trains.

    This might be a perception rather than a reality. Metro Rail is reasonably clean in my experience. I don’t see a lot of sticky soda spills, for example. It would be hard to tell if this is because of the no eating and drinking law. People already carry their sodas onto trains, they just hold them to the side so nobody can accuse them of drinking.

    It might be helpful to start a trial run. Covered drinks will be acceptable on Metro Rail for a trial period, and then let’s see what custodial has to say. There was one light rail system that I’ve been on that allowed coffee in the mornings or something like that. I can’t recall which one it was.

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  8. @Spokker

    You also have to consider that in contrast to Metro fares, Metrolink fares are quite expensive and that their fares are based on a distance model.

    While Metrolink does has its cons for being quite expensive, but the “ride longer pay more” model has its benefits to maintain a more cleaner system by having a fare structure that is more logical and more sensical.

    For example, a Metrolink fare for the 25 mi distance between Northridge and LA Union station costs $8.00 one-way as opposed to $1.50 on the Metro Blue Line for a similar 25 mi distance between Long Beach and 7th/Metro.

    A person paying $8.00 for the 25 mi one-way trip would probably want to keep Metrolink clean as they’re paying for the price for the cleanliness, but the person paying $1.50 for a similar 25 mi trip could probably care less because it’s only “$1.50 and it’s not my problem if I leave a mess on the Blue Line or not.”

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