View of every Metro bus stop on a map

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Ever wondered how extensive and large Metro’s bus system is? Here’s a cool interactive we built that shows you all of Metro’s bus stops plotted on a map. It’s amazing to see just how massive the bus system is and how much it covers Los Angeles County and beyond. You can zoom and pan about the map, and click on stops to gain more information.

If you’re interested in the data presented in this interactive, you can visit our Developer’s page where you can find and download tons of data available for free to the public from the agency.

Some additional information about our bus system:

Metro Buses

Bus Stops 15,967
Square Miles in Service Area 1,433
Number of Bus Routes 170
Total Metro Bus Fleet 2,228
Buses leased to contractors to provide service on Metro routes (Included in total) 173

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

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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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Transportation headlines, Wednesday, September 10

Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Pick your social media poison! 

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Photos by Steve Hymon.

Hello folks. I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, nice to be back in the headline saddle. I’ll offer up a couple of Art of Transit photos from Redding and nearby Shasta Lake in NorCal. The first is the Sundial Bridge over the Sacramento River in Redding — a pedestrian bridge designed by well-known architect Santiago Calatrava, who has done impressive work on train stations around the world (including the new PATH station under the World Trade Center site in New York).

It’s impressive that a city the size of Redding (about 91,000 at last count) was able to secure Calatrava’s services and get the bridge built. Hopefully Los Angeles’ new Sixth Street Viaduct matches the beauty and impressiveness of the Sundial Bridge, which is helped by the fact that it’s in a park and that the Sacramento River flows well most of the year due to releases from Shasta Dam.

Speaking of…Shasta Dam forms the largest reservoir in California. The reservoir is currently 28 percent filled because of the ongoing drought. That’s more water than during the 1976-77 drought but not as much as the 45 percent filled historical average for this date, according to the California Department of Water Resources. Here’s one view of the lake’s current conditions:

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And, now, onto the headlines. It will probably take me a few days, as usual, to catch up with the news. Thanks for your patience!

Southern California transportation leaders looking toward $2-billion cap-and-trade windfall (Daily News) 

Local transportation officials and politicians used the recent Mobility 21 conference to talk about the best way to spend the money generated by the state’s cap-and-trade system. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is quoted saying he would like to see the funds used to help pay Metro operating expenses to keep fares low in the future (Metro’s fare increase/changes begin Sept. 15 but the Metro Board decided earlier this year to hold off on increases in 2017 and 2020 pending more study). Of course, $2 billion is a lot of money — but there are also a lot of transportation needs around the region and state, as the article notes.

Meanwhile, the federal government is looking into more toll roads as a possible way to deal with a stagnant federal gas tax and a Highway Trust Fund that could be on shaky ground after May, when the latest short-term fix expires, according to USA Today.

Get active, take transit (moving SF)

While I was away, the San Francisco MTA has debuted its new blog. Editor Kristen Holland writes in the first post:

We want to start telling you our story. We want to bring you the insight and expertise of our colleagues. We also want to give you an inside peek into the SFMTA, with the hope of making the transportation system easier to understand and easier to use.

A full 25 percent of our city’s public space resides in our sidewalks and streets. In a dense, rapidly growing city, such as SF, transportation issues are complex. We hope the additional information, discussion and explanation we provide will expand the conversation.

This blog will not be a repository of press releases or official messages, and, indeed, this space won’t be very useful for specific complaints (those need to be tracked through 311, please).

Expect us to evolve over time, but we will strive to be timely, informative and worth your while. We’ll be taking cues from your comments and feedback, so we’re eager to hear back from you on what you want to learn more about here.

I think it’s great. As I’ve said many times before, government should never be the only source of news about government — that’s why it’s important to have a vibrant, well-funded media. That said, I believe the government is obligated to push information to taxpayers and blog such as these help do that.

With Apple pay, a push into mobile payments (New York Times)

The top of the story:

Tech evangelists have predicted for years a world in which people paid for retail goods with the wave of a smartphone, or the push of a smartphone button. For nearly as long, this so-called mobile wallet has yet to catch on.

Now, the biggest technology player of them all — Apple — thinks it has the formula for making it happen.

On Tuesday, Apple announced that it planned to offer its own version of a mobile wallet, teaming up with retailers like Target and restaurants like McDonald’s, as well as the three major credit card companies. That means that consumers will soon be able to buy a Big Mac or a laundry detergent with the tap of a new Apple iPhone or a new smartwatch, also announced on Tuesday.

Metro Presents: Ethio Cali-style jazz at Union Station on September 12

Ethio Cali, a Los Angeles based Ethio-jazz band, will perform at Union Station on Friday, September 12. The performance will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Fred Harvey Room.

The band will perform two 45-minute sets starting at 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. DJ Jeremy Sole of KCRW/theLIFT will open for the band. The performance is free to the public and dancing will be welcome.

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Thanks, Môfo, for a lively performance at Union Station!

10Mofo_smBrazilian forró band Môfo shared their intoxicating sound at last week’s Metro Presents at Union Station. And the talented dancers from Forró in LA taught an enthusiastic crowd how to swivel around the dance floor. A big thank you to Môfo and everyone who came to share the forró love! More photos from the event are posted after the jump.

Next up: Ethio Cali will perform at Union Station on Friday, September 12. More info here. Metro Presents showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. These exciting events celebrating music, dance, film, and more are designed to creatively engage the Los Angeles community and attract new riders.

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End of an era: Metro to retire its last high-floor buses on August 30

This type of high-floor bus, used by the transit industry for more than 100 years, required bus patrons to negotiate several steps before boarding.

This type of high-floor bus, used by the transit industry for more than 100 years, required bus patrons to negotiate steps before boarding.

Today’s Metro buses feature low-floor designs for faster, easier boardings and alightings.

Today’s Metro buses feature low-floor designs for faster, easier boardings and alightings.

Adios bus stairs, here comes the “Low Rider.”

Bus riders in Los Angeles County will no longer have to climb stairs to board a Metro Bus on any of Metro’s 170 bus lines beginning August 30. That’s the date when Metro will be officially retiring its very last high-floor transit buses and replacing them with “low-floor” buses.

That’s a notable milestone in the history of local transit. High-floor buses were employed by transit operators since the inception of motorized transit buses and Metro, as well as its predecessor agencies, have operated high-floor buses for decades. Climbing steps to board a bus has been the common experience of multiple generations of bus riders.

“Los Angeles, as well as most of the world, has had high floor buses for well over 100 years,” said Richard Famighetti, maintenance operations manager for Metro Divisions 6 and 7. “We are marking the end of a significant era that helped characterize public transportation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Retiring these buses is a truly a historic change for Metro.”

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Join Metro this fall for free art tours and learn where to get discounts on dinner

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Metro Art Moves, Metro’s free after-work art tours, is back! Tours will depart from Union Station at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month starting September 4. The other tour dates are October 2, November 6 and December 4, 2014.

The guided, artist-led tours focus on three downtown Los Angeles rail stations and provide unique experiences with Metro’s diverse art collection. And after checking out some art, grab dinner at a discounted price! Fall tours end at 7th St/Metro Center Station, near several 213 Nightlife dining destinations. Tour participants can receive 15% off their food bills at Casey’s Irish PubCole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP card to the server when ordering.

All tours meet at Union Station at the information kiosk, just inside the Alameda Street entrance.

General Information

Tours take place on Thursdays, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday tours begin at Union Station and end at 7th St/Metro Center Station.

The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.

Public restrooms are available at Union Station.

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