Metro will speak at your next meeting

The Metro Speakers’ Bureau will provide free presentations throughout Los Angeles County on a variety of transportation topics:

  • New ridesharing options such as carpools and vanpools
  • Metro’s On the Move Riders Club for seniors learning to navigate the system
  • Rail and bus service
  • How to go “green” with Metro
  • The latest advances in transit technology
  • The changing face of Los Angeles due to new transit-oriented developments
  • Street and highway improvements
  • Transportation and the local economy
  • Careers at Metro

Learn about the role Metro plays as the lead transportation planning and programming agency for L.A. County. Metro allocates billions of dollars for street and highway improvements as well as public transit programs.

To request a speaker for your organization email metrospeaks@metro.net

Distinguished artist Walter Hood to create integrated sculptural work for Downtown Santa Monica Station

Photo by Jim Chapman 02-14-06,C.S. Walter Hood Landscape Architect.

Walter Hood, image courtesy of Hood Design Studio

Walter Hood, a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and a winner selected to represent the United States at the 2010 Venice Biennale, has been selected to create an integrated sculptural work for the Expo Line Downtown Santa Monica Station.

Hood is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was chair of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department from 1998 to 2002. He is also the Goldman Sachs Design Fellow for the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, D.C.), where he is assisting with the reconceptualization of the museum’s public spaces.

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One hundred years ago this week: What prompted Los Angeles’ streetcars to change forever?

Incident site near Vineyard Crossing

A little known incident occurred in Los Angeles’ Mid-City area on the evening of July 13, 1913.

When all was said and done, Pacific Electric’s rail network replaced all of its wooden streetcars and implemented automatic train control (a topic still in the news today).

If you had any doubt how extensive our inter-urban transit system was a century ago, consider the fact that Pacific Electric’s “Red Cars” logged than 78 million passenger boardings that year alone. That figure does not include Los Angeles Railway’s extensive “Yellow Car” system.

So what took place that night? The answer lies in the Metro Transportation Library, Archives and Records Management Center’s Primary Resources blog.


Free screening of Oscar-winning film ‘Chinatown’ inside Metro’s historic Union Station on Saturday, July 20

Soak up the old timey atmosphere while watching an old timey movie! Photo: JulieandSteve via Flickr Creative Commons

Soak up the old timey atmosphere while watching an old timey movie! Photo: JulieandSteve via Flickr Creative Commons

Metro, in partnership with Downtown Film Festival L.A., will screen Chinatown at historic Union Station in a free-to-the public program on the evening of Saturday, July 20th. The classic neo-noir film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway is based on the Oscar-winning screenplay by Robert Towne and directed by Roman Polanski. The program marks the Closing Night Film of the 2013 Downtown Film Festival L.A., held July 10 – 20 in venues throughout downtown L.A.

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, Chinatown has been hailed as among the greatest films of all time and one of the defining movies about Los Angeles since it was first released in 1974 by Paramount Pictures.

The public screening of Chinatown as the Closing Night Film of Downtown Film Festival L.A. launches Metro’s new program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic Union Station in anticipation of its 75th anniversary celebration next year.

The event is free to the public but reservations are essential. Advance tickets may be reserved at http://www.dffla.com.

Guests are welcome to bring picnics, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Show your Metro TAP card at check-in and get access to preferential seating and receive one free beverage (while supplies last).

The film was selected in part to coincide with Chinatown Summer Nights in Los Angeles, occurring the same evening just a Metro stop away on the Gold Line. Show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the event and receive a free gift (while supplies last). Learn more at http://chinatownsummernights.com.

Film Screening Details:

Saturday, July 20
Screening begins 8:30 p.m. (doors open 8:00 p.m.)
Union Station Old Ticket Concourse
800 North Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Program is free but advance tickets must be reserved at http://www.dffla.com.

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

Metro July 4 Art Tour Leads to Fireworks, Great Food, Special Discounts

June6previewtour_lo_resMetro will launch the first in a series of three free summer art tours, Metro Art Moves_DTLA, on Thursday, July 4. The inaugural guided, artist-led tour will end at Grand Park and The Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party event, which will feature live music, food trucks and, for the first time downtown, fireworks.

Metro Art worked with artist Sara Wookey to identify opportunities for local artists to amplify stories about artworks. The docent guides then share these stories with activities that heighten tour-goer engagement and demystify the Metro system.

Meet promptly at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, at the northeast corner of Figueroa and 7th Street. Tour has limited capacity. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want to grab a snack before Metro Art Moves_DTLA, or feeling a little hungry afterward? Show your TAP card and take advantage of special Metro Destination Discounts at locations near the tour route including Qdoba Mexican Grill, Tossed and Boba 7. Save on your entire bill or enjoy free drink upgrades. Those who stick to ending their tour at Grand Park can use their TAP cards, provided on the tour, to score a free pair of sunglasses at the event information booth.

General Information

Tours take place on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., through September.

Tours begin at 7th Street/Metro Center Station and end at Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

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

Public restrooms are available at Union Station and at Grand Park.

Metro Art Moves Tours

Metro Art Moves tours are designed to attract new riders through arts-based transit experiences. The tours highlight Metro’s diverse collection of artworks, heighten the passenger experience in fun and engaging ways to boost public perceptions about transit, promote rider etiquette and offer opportunities for discovery.

Metro Art Program

Metro Art implements the agency’s percent for art program, manages the care and maintenance of the system’s existing artworks and directs a volunteer docent council. From rail and bus stations to construction fences and poetry cards, art creates a sense of place and engages transit riders.

Since 1989, Metro has commissioned artists to incorporate artworks into a wide array of transportation projects throughout Los Angeles County. The agency has received numerous design and artistic excellence awards, and is renowned for its approaches to integrating art into the transit experience, and for engaging artists at all levels of their careers.

Docent-guided tours are offered the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. Tours for groups of fifteen or more are also available by special arrangement. For more information visit metro.net/art and click on Art Tours or call (213) 922-4ART.

Metro wins design awards, including Best in Show

Metro Expo Line Art Guide, which won Best in Show in the 2013 TMSA Compass Awards Program.

Metro Expo Line Art Guide, which won Best in Show in the 2013 TMSA (Transportation Marketing & Sales Association) Compass Awards Program.

Metro has won two Awards of Excellence in the 2013 TMSA (Transportation Marketing & Sales Association) Compass Awards Program. Our entries were judged against the best in the transportation and logistics organizations throughout North America. The winning entries are Metro’s Orange Line Extension Art Guide and Expo Line Art Guide in the Business to Consumer category. In addition, the Expo Line Art Guide won Best in Show in that category.

Metro was honored on Sunday, June 9, at the Compass Awards Gala, the capstone of the organization’s Annual Conference. Our awards were presented along with a short video of Metro Creative Services staff expressing gratitude for the Best in Show honor.

Metro Expo Line Art Guide, displaying artwork at all ten Expo Line stations.

Metro Expo Line Art Guide, displaying artwork at all ten Expo Line stations.

Metro Orange Line Extension Art Guide, which won an Award of Excellence in the 2013 TMSA Compass Awards Program.

Metro Orange Line Extension Art Guide, which won an Award of Excellence in the 2013 TMSA Compass Awards Program.

Metro Expo Line Art Guide, displaying artwork at the five stations along the Orange Line Extension.

Metro Expo Line Art Guide, displaying artwork at the five stations along the Orange Line Extension.

Metro Art Moves_DTLA starts on the 4th of July

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The July 4th Metro Art Moves_DTLA tour is the first of three summer art tours offered from July to September. Tours take place on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The tour, led by Metro Art Docents, will start at 7th/Metro and end at Civic Center Station.

Wear comfy walking shoes and head to the Figueroa Street entrance of 7th/Metro. You’ll navigate the Metro system in a whole new way and learn about Metro’s diverse art collection. The tour will end around 7 p.m. and drop you off right in the middle of Grand Park, where you can partake in their 4th of July Block Party.

Want to grab a snack before Metro Art Moves_DTLA, or feeling a little hungry afterward? Take advantage of special Metro discounts at locations near the tour route. Qdoba Mexican Grill gives 15% off to those who show their TAP cards, Tossed offers a $2 discount and Boba 7 will provide a free drink upgrade. All three places are just blocks from 7th/Metro – or in Qdoba’s case, just an elevator ride away! Those who stick to ending their tour at Grand Park can use their TAP cards to score a free pair of sunglasses at the event information booth.