Your Friday Send-off: Fall Out Boy – Immortals

Say what you will about Disney, but they sure do know how to make money. I can’t wait to fork over some cash next month to watch Big Hero 6. In the meantime, here’s the first song off the movie’s soundtrack.

If enjoying music on bus or train, please remember to use your headphones. And if you have transit playlist song recs, leave them in the comments or tweet them at us @metrolosangeles!

Bonus track after the jump: Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Moving

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Metro to launch Eat Shop Play Crenshaw campaign at Taste of Soul

Metro will launch the Eat Shop Play Crenshaw campaign at tomorrow’s Taste of Soul, a free, family-friendly event on Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker Street and Rodeo Road. Eat Shop Play Crenshaw will encourage the public to take a pledge to support local businesses.

Go Metro to the soul food, live entertainment and great shopping at Taste of Soul via the Metro Expo Line. The festival is accessible from the Expo/Crenshaw Station. And make sure to visit Metro’s Eat Shop Play Crenshaw pavilion, where businesses impacted by Crenshaw/LAX Line construction will be highlighted. Taste of Soul will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Here’s the press release from Metro:

L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board 1st Vice Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas, Metro Board member Jackie Dupont-Walker, Metro CEO Art Leahy and Taste of Soul Founder Danny Bakewell Sr. today encouraged the public to Go Metro to the Taste of Soul festival this Saturday, Oct. 18, using the Metro rail and Metro bus system. The Metro Rail Expo Line Expo/Crenshaw Station is within sight and scent of the festival’s savory delights.

At the festival, Metro will unveil a new campaign called Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw where the public will be encouraged to take a pledge to support local businesses. The campaign will launch at the Taste of Soul in Metro’s Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw pavilion, located at Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard where merchants from the Crenshaw District who are impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will be highlighted.

“Every year, this event grows in size and popularity, building new and stronger bonds within the community. The Taste of Soul encourages hundreds and thousands of SoCal residents to support small businesses that truly are the backbone of our local economy and promotes public transit ridership to improve traffic flow,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.

“Taste of Soul provides an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and diversity in the Crenshaw District and I am pleased that this year Metro will celebrate many of the local businesses on the Boulevard who have bravely endured the challenges associated with construction of the Crenshaw Line,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “This event kicks off our campaign to celebrate and help these businesses through our “Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw Campaign”.

“We all know that once the Crenshaw/LAX Project is completed, the light-rail line is going to benefit our community, in a big way, but right now it is hard on the local shops and stores,” said Metro Board member Dupont-Walker. “It’s particularly hard on the small businesses that traditionally operate on small margins. These are the mom and pop places we can turn to for the sorts of goods and services chain stores can no longer provide. It’s often where we find great deals and personal service.”

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A Better Blue Line: last week of work during Long Beach Loop closure

Work on the Metro Blue Line tracks along 1st Street in downtown Long Beach is starting to wrap up, and as you can see in the photos below just the finishing touches are left to be done on the stations. Metro would like to thank everyone for their patience this past month while the upgrades were completed.

The Long Beach Loop will reopen for the Blue with the start of service on Monday, October 20. However, expect upcoming weekend closures as work on the Blue Line progresses north. We will have more details posted on Monday.

Give walking — or bicycling — to school a try this Walktober

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price joins John Adams Middle School students at their Walk to School event.

Being stuck in traffic while trying to get to school is no fun for parent or child. So instead of driving, how about walking — like kids did for generations? Walking — or bicycling — is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle, and being able to start the day with a little physical activity benefits children in more ways than one.

Walktober, a month-long celebration of walking, is a great time to look into walking to school. If you’re interested in encouraging safe walking and biking to your school, there are resources available to help you learn about safety and organize Safe Routes to Schools activities.

Metro’s Safe Routes to School pilot program helps organize Walk to School and Bike to School events for 10 pilot schools and works to create a safer experience for students who already walk to school. The events provide opportunities for kids to learn about pedestrian, bicycle and public transit safety. Online resources for schools or parents to start their own Safe Routes to School programs are also available.

Schools located in the city of Los Angeles can find resources for holding their own Walk to School event at Walk to School Day LA, and all schools in Los Angeles County can find resources and information at Walk Bike to School.

Ultimately, these programs hope to create an environment where children can get active while getting to school safely. In addition, encouraging kids to walk or bike to school can help reduce congestion related to school travel, which will also benefit traffic and air quality in local neighborhoods.

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Free Day of the Dead Metro Art tour leads to celebration in Boyle Heights Nov. 2

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Celebrate the Day of the Dead and honor the lives of those who have passed on a special Día de los Muertos themed art tour on Sunday, Nov. 2. The free, one-night-only tour will explore artworks along the Metro Gold Line through the lens of artist Consuelo Flores.

The tour will depart at 4:30 p.m. from the Metro Gold Line East LA Civic Center Station and end at 6 p.m. at Self Help Graphics’ 41st Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration in Boyle Heights near Pico/Aliso Station. TAP card holders will be able to save 10% on artwork at the event. [NOTE: Sunday is the end of Daylight Saving Time, which means clocks will be "falling" back one hour at midnight. Make sure all your clocks are updated...wouldn't want to show up for the tour an hour early!]

The tour is approximately 90% walking. There are elevators and escalators in all of the stations, and only Mariachi Station is underground.

Consuelo Flores is an established poet, writer, mixed media, installation and performance artist. She is respected for her understanding and promotion of the true celebration of the Day of the Dead (DOD). She is a lecturer, narrative writer and visual artist of DOD-themed work including, academic presentations, prose, poetry, fashions and site-specific Ofrendas/Altares. Her dedicated work contributes to the cultural awareness of the Day of the Dead as well as a personal means to commemorate her dead in a meaningful and joyous celebration of life.

Metro Presents: upcoming events at Union Station

Get ready for music and dancing at Union Station and put these upcoming Metro Presents events on your calendar:

  • Friday, October 24 – Neptune Winds of the Colburn Conservatory of Music will perform classical, contemporary and popular music in the Union Station Waiting Room at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 29 – Invisible Cities will perform an acoustic concert performance in the Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 5 – Dancing Classrooms Los Angeles will present the Fall 2014 Colors of the Rainbow team match competition in the Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. The performance begins at 5 p.m.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

Find out about Metro job opportunities at these upcoming veterans’ job fairs

Since Metro’s Veterans Hiring Initiative started in 2012, Metro has hired 166 veterans and is engaged in several outreach efforts in order to encourage military veterans and their spouses to apply for jobs at Metro.  The transportation industry has opportunities in many varied career paths from bus and rail operator, mechanical and technical positions to typical office environment-type jobs such as IT, Accounting/Finance, contract management, facilities management and many others.

Metro will be participating in the following job fairs for veterans. If you are a veteran, active duty military member, guard/reserve member or military spouse, drop by our table and say hi! Please check the linked sites for more information.

For more general information on Metro employment opportunities, visit metro.net/jobs.