A little “Subway Love” before sunrise, sunset and midnight

Valentine’s Day is two days away and while many are preparing with cards, chocolates, and various singing stuffed animals, Metro is getting psyched with a review of some of transit’s most romantic moments.

Today, a reminder that Before Sunrise, Sunset, and Midnight, there was a train ride:

Have your own “meet cute” moment this Friday by participating in Speed Dating on the Red Line. If you’ve already got a Valentine, enter the LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes and/or check out our Destination Discounts page with Valentine’s picks exclusively for Metro lovers.

Though your love will likely be unimpressed by a repeat of the “time travel” analogy (can any of us really top Ethan Hawke in smoothness?), the quirky cuteness of “Subway Love” by 70s Dutch boy band The Shorts is sure to put a smile on their face. We can’t stop singing…

500 Days of Transit

While some people prep for Valentine’s Day with heart, doilies, and an avalanche of pink and red, we here at Metro are counting down the days with our favorite romantic moments on transit.

Today’s entry: Tom and Summer’s chance encounter as their train speeds into the sunset in 500 Days of Summer. I think we can all agree on the train’s clear advantage over cars when it comes to cuddling…

Bus riders, we haven’t forgotten you, and neither has Wes Anderson in this sweet reunion scene from The Royal Tenenbaums:

Whether you believe love is a matter of fate or coincidence, you can have your own “meet cute” moment by participating in Speed Dating on the Metro Red Line this Friday lunch hour. If you’ve already got a Valentine, enter the LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes, or check out our Destination Discounts page with Valentine’s picks exclusively for Metro lovers.

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.

Here’s your 12 Days of Metro roundup

First off, congrats to our final winner from Day 12 who made it to the California Science Center:

She’ll receive two tickets to the California Science Center IMAX theatre! In addition, she can save 10% at the ExploraStore gift shop with her TAP card – and so can you! (With your own TAP card, I mean. Please don’t take someone else’s.)

A huge thank you to everyone who participated over the past two weeks. If you’d like to see some of the awesome entries, browse the #tapandsave tag on Instagram. We’ll also be using that tag to point out other destinations where you can use your TAP card to save money.

Also, a big thank you to those who just followed along for the ride – I know many of you wanted to participate but couldn’t for various reasons…don’t worry, you will have other opportunities. And if you have any comments or suggestions about future transit contests, drop a line below in the comments or talk to us on Twitter or Instagram.

This is it, this is the end…Day 12 of the “12 Days of Metro”


Well here you go, the last and most final clue of the “12 Days of Metro”…

Just a little place where you can examine things out of this “stratos”-sphere!

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $17. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

Here’s the Day 11 winner, Instagram user @caraanmarc! He schlepped out to the North Hollywood Federal Bar and will receive a $25 gift card to eat there!

And of course, all Metro riders can save 10% when dining there just by showing their TAP card.

It’s 11 lords a-leaping to dine at this NoHo establishment


Here we are, the penultimate day…Day 11!

“Bank” on getting a good meal and drink in this historic NoHo building.

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $25. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

Here we are at Day 10


And then there were 3 left. The clue for Day 10:

The place where you can dine with a royal pig in Old Pasadena.

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $25. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

Here’s the winner of Day 9, Instagram user fredfreddyyoung, who took a photo of Bow &Truss with TAP card. He’ll receive a $25 gift card to the restaurant!

And all Metro riders can receive 15% off at Bow & Truss by showing their TAP cards when paying the check.

Feeling fine on Day 9


Here’s your clue for Day 9:

The paella at this NoHo restaurant is un-bow-lievable.

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $25. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

As for the winner of Day 8, congrats to Instagram user guapippi! She’s got her pups showing off her TAP card in front of the LA Clippers TEAM LA Store, and she’ll receive a warm and fuzzy Clippers robe valued at $30.

If you’re thinking about picking up some Clippers official merch at the Team LA Store, you can save with Metro! Show your TAP card to the cashier or use the promo code METRO10 online to receive 10% off upon checkout.

Celebrate National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day this Friday

Photo: The Ugly Sweater Run Official Facebook

Photo: The Ugly Sweater Run Official Facebook

So this Friday is National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, which means break out the cheesiest, silliest holiday sweater you have and wear it proudly on Friday! And feel free to share your photos with us if you’re wearing a truly horrendous sweater on Metro. Just tag us @metrolosangeles on Instagram or Twitter.

And those ugly sweaters aren’t just for Friday – you can also wear them to the Ugly Sweater Run 5k this Saturday, December 21.

The Ugly Sweater Run starts at 11 a.m. at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, located next to the Gold Line Chinatown Station. Save 25% on registration with Metro! Just enter the exclusive promo code METRO25. The offer is valid until midnight on Friday, December 20.

Here we go with lucky number 7


If you haven’t been playing the “12 Days of Metro”…why not?

Here’s the clue for Day 7:

“Everything the light touches is our kingdom…” including this theatre.

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $190. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random by a dog. (Literally.)

And here’s the winner of Day 6: Instagram user @auntieshilla, who made it to The Federal Bar in Long Beach. She’ll receive a $25 gift card to the restaurant!

And if you didn’t win, you can still get save 10% on food at The Federal Bar in Long Beach with Metro! Just have your TAP card handy when it’s time to pay the check. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station).