Open During Construction: California Ticket Masters

Construction continues along Crenshaw Boulevard for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, which means fencing and blocked lanes in order for work to proceed on the underground portion of the rail line. Though the area around the west side of Crenshaw south of Rodeo Road may be difficult to navigate, the businesses located there are absolutely open during construction and worth visiting.

Some of the businesses in the area have been around for quite some time and provide important services for those in the neighborhood — and many of the merchants also live in the community. The video below features California Ticket Masters, located at 3679 Crenshaw Boulevard.

For motorists traveling on Crenshaw, turn west on Rodeo Road and use the parking lot located in the back of the businesses. You can also get there from the Expo/Crenshaw Station – from the station, walk south on Crenshaw Blvd. It takes about two minutes.

Healthcare S&E
Excel Fashions
First Choice Driving & Traffic School
Love’s Furniture
Malai Hair Store
Women, Infants and Children’s Center 

Help Metro decide on official station names for Crenshaw/LAX Line

Learn the station names that are being considered for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project and provide feedback at upcoming community meetings taking place September 16, 24 and October 9.
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Here’s Metro’s property naming policy and below is the map for the project that shows the station locations:



Your Friday send-off: John Butler Trio – Flesh & Blood

ART OF TRANSIT: An Expo Line train leaving 7th/Metro Station last week. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Don’t be deterred by the somewhat creepy sounding album title, Aussie band John Butler Trio‘s music is really quite soothing. I discovered the group through Erik Karlsson…and if you don’t know who that is, you should start following NHL hockey players.

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! Awesome tracks (as deemed by yours truly) will be shared in future posts.

Here’s the song Only One from the band’s newest album Flesh & Blood.

Metro roving sales unit will bring TAP cards to you

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In case you haven’t already heard the news, Metro fares are changing starting September 15. The new fares include a free 2-hour transfer to other Metro lines, but you’ll need a TAP card in order to take advantage of the transfers.

Metro is providing a roving sales unit through October 7 that will visit high volume intersections throughout Los Angeles County to sell TAP cards with Metro passes or stored value. The roving sales unit will target morning and evening peak travel times to make TAP cards as accessible as possible to as many riders as possible, particularly those who have been paying with cash.

TAP cards can also be purchased one of four ways: online at, by phone at 866.TAPTOGO, at one of nearly 400 pass sales outlets and at TAP vending machines located at Metro Rail and Metro Orange Line stations.

Click here to see the roving sales unit’s schedule or keep reading after the jump.

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Upcoming construction closure: 26th Street south of Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica

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Above is the good word from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the agency building the six-mile project that will extend tracks from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica with seven new stations.

The project is funded mostly by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. It is currently forecast to open in early 2016.

Metro Presents: PARK(ing) Day at Union Station on September 19

Los Angeles themed Loetria cards

Los Angeles themed Lotería cards

Leave your cars in park and join Metro for PARK(ing) Day at Union Station on Friday, September 19. From noon to 5 p.m.artist Alexis Disselkoen will create a temporary park out of a corner of the station’s Alameda-facing parking lot.

Swing by anytime PARK(ing) Day afternoon to enjoy the pop-up park and participate in a game of Lotería led by Disselkoen. (Lotería is like Bingo, but with pictures instead of numbers.) Winners will receive prizes while supplies last, and it will be free to play.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner for routes and connections.

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Upcoming street closures on Crenshaw Boulevard for Crenshaw/LAX Line construction

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There will be full street closures at three different Crenshaw Boulevard locations taking place this weekend. The closures are required for support-pile installation on Crenshaw/LAX Line underground stations.

The closures are as follows:

  • Crenshaw/Vernon Station: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Full street closure of Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker Street and Vernon Avenue to implement new traffic reconfiguration and begin pile installation on west side of Crenshaw Blvd.
  • Crenshaw/MLK Station: 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Full street closure on Crenshaw Blvd. between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker St. to relocate work zone from the east side to west side of Crenshaw Blvd.
  • Crenshaw/Expo Station: 9 p.m. Friday. Sept. 12 to 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15.* Full street closure of Crenshaw Blvd. between Exposition Boulevard and Coliseum Street to complete pile installation and begin excavation of underground station.

*Crenshaw/Expo Station construction will also require closures 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 until 6 a.m. Monday, Sept, 22, and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

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