Valentine’s Day sale at Metro store!

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For a limited time, save 10% at the Metro Store

Share the love. Find the perfect gift for your Valentine at the Metro Store. Choose from a classic Metro logo stainless steel tumbler or a stylish rhinestone t-shirt and so much more. Enjoy 10% off your next purchase at the Metro Store with promo code LOVEMETRO. Place your order by February 7th to receive your item in time for Valentine’s Day. Offer valid from February 6, 2014 through February 7, 2014.

Shop now at metro.net/metrostore.

*Offer valid on the purchase items in the Metro Store online store atwww.metro.net/metrostore from February 6, 2014, 12:01 am PT through February 7, 2014, 11:59 pm PT. Offer cannot be applied to previous purchases and cannot be redeemed for cash or used in combination with any other offers. To redeem online, enter code LOVEMETRO in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one code per order. Valid in the U.S. only. Terms of offer are subject to change.

Reminder: free spring art tour departs from Union Station tomorrow night


Meet up at Union Station for Metro Art Moves You at 5:30 p.m. The free art tour leaves from the information kiosk just inside the Alameda Street entrance and ends around 7 p.m. at 7th St/Metro Center Station. From there, you can visit several 213 Nightlife dining destinations. Tour participants can save 15% on food at Casey’s Irish PubCole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP cards to the server when ordering.

General Information

  • Tours take place on the first Thursdays of the month.
  • 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.

For more information on Metro Art Moves or Metro Art in general, visit their page here.

Preview of February Metro Service Council meetings and service changes public hearings

Four of the five Metro Service Councils will hold public hearings this month to receive public input on proposed bus service changes for June or later this year. There will be a presentation at each hearing on the changes proposed for each region, and the public will have the opportunity to provide comments.

Service Councils will not vote on the proposed changes until March, taking into consideration all comments received. In addition, a special pubic hearing will be held in downtown LA in Metro’s Board room on Saturday, February 8 at 9 am to provide additional opportunities for the public to comment on the proposed changes.

Please note that these public hearings are unrelated to the upcoming public hearing regarding proposed fare restructuring on March 29. Only comments on the proposed service changes will be accepted at the hearings described in this article. Service Councils will have Fare Forums to discuss Metro’s fare restructuring proposals, and accept public input, during their March meetings.

The San Fernando Valley and Westside/Central Service Councils will conduct their meeting and public hearings at their usual council meetings times. The San Gabriel Valley and Gateway Cities Service Council will start their meeting a little later than usual, at 6 pm. The Gateway Cities meeting and public hearing will be held at a new location – the Aspire Pacific Academy, located at 2565 E 58th Street in Huntington Park.

The South Bay Service Council will hold their meeting at the regular time, and will not have a public hearing since no major service changes are proposed in that region. All public hearings and Service Council meeting dates and times are listed below.

The proposed service changes can be reviewed on Metro’s web page at www.metro.net/about/metro-service-changes/proposed-changes-metro-bus-service.  Anyone unable to attend hearings can submit their comments in writing by mail, postmarked no later than midnight, February 14, 2014, sent to: Metro Customer Relations, ATTN: June 2014 Service Changes, One Gateway Plaza, 99-PL-4, Los Angeles CA 90012-2932. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail to: servicechanges@metro.net or via fax at 213-922-6988.

Meeting topics for this month’s Service Council meetings, and the lines being considered for service changes at public hearings in each of their regions, are listed below. All meetings will include a brief report from Metro Service Council Director Jon Hillmer on previous month’s statistics on ridership, performance and other statistical categories.

San Fernando Valley - Wednesday, 2/5. 6:30 pm. A presentation will be made, and public comment will be accepted, for June service changes proposed for the following Metro Bus Lines in or connecting with the San Fernando Valley: 91, 169 222, 234, 588, 734, 741, 761.

Downtown Los Angeles Special Saturday Hearing – Saturday, 2/8, 9 am. Held in the 3rd Floor Board Room at Metro’s headquarters building located at One Gateway Plaza, LA 90012. A presentation will be made, and public comments accepted, on all proposed June service changes.

San Gabriel Valley - Monday, 2/10, 6 pm (different time). A presentation will be made, and public comment will be accepted, for a June service change proposed for Line 577 (serving the San Gabriel Valley and Gateway Cities regions)

Westside/Central - Wednesday, 2/12, 5 pm. A presentation will be made, and public comment will be accepted, for June service changes proposed for the following Metro Bus Lines in or connecting with the Westside/Central region: 234, 534, 588, 734, 761.

Gateway CitiesThursday, 2/13, 6 pm (different time and location). Preceding the public hearing, the Gateway Cities Service Council will receive a presentation on Metro’s “On the Move Rider’s Club”. Next, at the public hearing, a presentation will be made, and public comment will be accepted, for a June service change proposed for Line 577 (serving Gateway Cities and the San Gabriel Valley regions)

South BayFriday, 2/14, 9:30 am. As mentioned above, the South Bay will not be holding a public hearing this month since no major service changes are proposed for the region this June. Items on the South Bay Service Council’s agenda include a presentation on Metro’s Accident Reduction Program and an update on Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installations.

For a detailed listing of all Council meeting dates, times and locations, click here. As always, the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the Service Councils on improving bus service throughout LA County. If you would like to provide input to a Council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to service councils@metro.net. If your comments are for a specific Council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing in your e-mail.

Join Mike the Poet for a free Valentine’s evening art tour on the Gold Line


This Valentine’s Day, take a sunset art tour and fall in love with Metro. The free one night only tour looks at artworks in the Metro system through the lens of poet Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet, a third-generation Los Angeles native who is known for his poetry performances, writings and unique city tours blending poetry and history.

General Information

The tour takes place on Friday, Feb.14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tour will depart from the information booth at the Alameda Street entrance to Union Station at 5:30 p.m.

The tour ends at Kings Row Gastropub in Old Pasadena at 7 p.m. Tour participants can save $5 on their meal there by showing their valid TAP card to the cashier.

The tour is approximately 90% walking. There are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.

Public restrooms are available at Union Station.

Metro Presents: free salsa performance at Union Station Jan. 31

Photo courtesy of LA Picante.

Photo courtesy of LA Picante.

Metro Presents will bring salsa band LA Picante to historic Union Station on Friday, January 31. The band will play from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. as part of Metro’s ongoing program of creative arts and entertainment at the iconic station. The performance will take place inside the Fred Harvey Room, a space that is usually closed to the public.

The performance is free to the public and dancing is welcome. There will be a free mini-dance lesson around 6:45 p.m.

Event Details:
Friday, January 31, 2014
Two 45-minute sets beginning at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Union Station Fred Harvey Room
800 North Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Founded in 2005, LA Picante plays a celebrated blend of classic salsa, collectively drawing from years of experience playing with the top Latin jazz and salsa groups in Los Angeles. Band members hail from Cuba, Colombia, Argentina and the U.S. Fiery classics by Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades and many more fill out the group’s repertoire!

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.

Artwork installations in progress at El Monte Station

Workers installing Martin Durazo's artwork

Workers installing Martin Durazo’s artwork

Sixteen new artworks are being installed at Metro’s El Monte Station. The artworks — by Martin Durazo, Phung Huynh, Vincent Ramos and Eloy Torrez — are located at each of the station’s four transit bays and help enliven the customer experience.

Each artist created four artworks. The colorful new artwork panels can be viewed at each bay from multiple viewpoints.

Click here for details on an exhibition of the four El Monte artists’ work, opening next week.

Phung Huynh's artwork being installed. Each artist created artwork in the medium of their choice, including drawing, painting and collage. This work was digitally captured in high-resolution digital files. The artwork was then translated onto 8’ x 8’ powder-coated aluminum panels, which can withstand the elements over the long-term, and are easy for Metro to maintain.

Phung Huynh’s artwork being installed. Each artist created artwork in the medium of their choice, including drawing, painting and collage. This work was digitally captured in high-resolution digital files. The artwork was then translated onto 8’ x 8’ powder-coated aluminum panels, which can withstand the elements over the long-term, and are easy for Metro to maintain.

El Monte Station
Built in the 1970s, the original transit center was the busiest bus-only station west of the Mississippi. The station was demolished to make way for a new two-level station, doubling its previous size and accommodating up to 40,000 daily riders. The new station has modern amenities including variable message signs, intercoms, closed circuit television, solar panels, wayfinding equipment and information displays, new elevators and escalators, a transit store, bike stations and lockers.

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.

Metro’s spring art tours begin Feb. 6 and lead to DTLA dining

The first  Metro Art Moves You free spring tour departs from Union Station on Thursday, Feb. 6. Focused on three downtown stations, the guided, artist-led tours provide unique experiences with Metro’s diverse art collection.

The tour will meet at the Union Station information kiosk just inside the Alameda Street entrance and end at 7th St/Metro Center Station. From there, you can visit several 213 Nightlife dining destinations. Tour participants can save 15% on food at Casey’s Irish Pub, Cole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP cards to the server when ordering.

Not sure you’ll be able to make it to this tour? Don’t worry – the spring art tours take place on the first Thursday of each month, which means two more chances to participate on March 6 or April 3.

General Information

  • Tours take place on the first Thursdays of the month: February 6, March 6 and April 3, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • 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.

For more information on Metro Art Moves or Metro Art in general, visit their page here.