Celebrate 25 years of Metro Rail by picking up some swag

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Yay shirt!

Gear up — literally — to celebrate 25 years of Metro Rail! We’ll be giving out commemorative T-shirts, pins, tote bags and postcards at various Metro events throughout the month of July. Visit metro.net/25 for the event listing, and make sure to follow Metro on Twitter or Instagram to find out which items will be available at each event!

And if you’re not super interested in collecting swag, check out metro.net/25 anyway — it’s got an interactive timeline of Metro Rail’s (and Metro’s!) development over the years, great photos, some fun factoids, rider stories and more!

metro rail by the numbers

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    • Hi Kimberly,

      Visit metro.net/25 for the event listing, and make sure to follow Metro on Twitter or Instagram to find out which items will be available at each event!

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  1. Note that The Source doesn’t cite any of these to be sold on the Metro Store anymore. Gee, I wonder why? And what’s going to be done with the excess inventory in the warehouse that taxpayers are paying the bills for?

      • A different perspective would that anyone has the right to be angry as a taxpayer who sees fault with government waste. Storing non-moving Metro Store items does incur warehousing costs, especially as the site is outsourced to a third party vendor called globalfulfillment.net

        Considering that there a lot of goods for commercial products, it’s not going to your average 1st month free self storage space units. The monthly storage rate for an online store can be upwards of $5,000 per month which annually can add up to $60,000 per year. For that same amount, Metro could be hiring several security guards at their stations which actually helps create jobs or actually do something about the taptogo.net website which was supposed to be fixed end of last month (of course, no one expected Metro to do so either).

  2. I agree. Nothing is free in this world and it still costs the taxpayers money to store the goods that are just sitting at the warehouse collecting dust. Why continue to pay storage fees for who knows how long when the money can be better spent elsewhere? The money wasted on storage fees can go toward hiring more janitors, adding more security officers, buy a new TVM, etc. etc.

    And why should taxpayers foot the bill for Metro’s mistake in going with a vendor who charges exorbitant shipping fees which is the primary reason why products don’t sell when they could’ve just gone with Amazon or sold them on eBay?

    It might make sense for Metro to conduct an inventory clearance sale on the items sold at the Metro Store by opening up a shop or something on the next Metro event or open a temporary shop at Union Station. At this point, Metro isn’t going to get rid of the problem just by sweeping the failure of the Metro Store under the rug. They’re still sitting on inventory and they’re still paying for storage and those are costs that we as taxpayers are paying for.

  3. Speaking for myself, I have bought items from the Metro Store that I have been delighted with. I am sorry that they are closing on line. I was hoping to purchase some of the 25th Anniversary items on line. It looks like that is not going to happen now. Too many people criticize everything. I love trains and I really enjoyed buying these items from Metro.

  4. Hi we just attended today’s Metro Art Tour at Union Station. I was told last weeks Metro concert at Union Station that they will be giving out Metros 25th anniversary T-shirts at the Metro Art tour on the next week which is TODAY but She (Her name is Ann I believe) didn’t even know about it. I didn’t want to be rude so I didn’t ask about it in the beginning of the tour but wish she should have told us the beginning that she didn’t have them.

    We just can’t attend every art tour for the T shirt. Today was the probably only chance for us. I was so disappointed. We ride Metro rail, have tap cards even 75th ones. Thank you,
    Jay & Mary

    • Hi Jay,

      I’m really sorry for any miscommunication by the staff. The T-shirts will only be given out at events taking place at Union Station. We’ll also be holding giveaways via Twitter and Instagram later this month, and you can check our Twitter feed @metrolosangeles for updates on where to receive specific items.

      Hope this helps.

      Thank you,

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source