Metro Presents: contemporary jazz by Mark de Clive-Lowe at Union Station July 31

Don’t miss the next Metro Presents event: jazz and dancing with Mark De Clive-Lowe and his musicians at Los Angeles Union Station on Thursday, July 31. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the Fred Harvey Room and will be free to the public. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes!

The performance is part of Metro Presents, the agency’s ongoing program of arts and cultural events at the iconic station. It is presented in partnership with Mercado La Paloma. Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

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Heading to Anime Expo? Use Pico Station!

Went cosplayer-spotting at the Metro Blue/Expo Pico Station on Day 1 of Anime Expo, taking place now at the L.A. Convention Center through July 6. Pico Station is an east one-block walk to the convention center for those headed to the Expo! (Blue Line timetable/map and Expo Line timetable/map)

If you spot any awesome cosplayers in transit, (ask them if you can) take their photos and tag us on Twitter or Instagram @metrolosangeles!

Photos by Anna Chen and Steve Hymon/Metro

Hey World Cup fans: please don’t damage Metro’s buses!

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We will be the first to agree that the World Cup is a super fun thing to watch. It’s even better watching it in Los Angeles, where the diversity here means that many teams have huge and devoted local followings.

Unfortunately, a couple of Metro buses were damaged in the civil disturbance on Tuesday following Mexico’s big win over Croatia that propelled Mexico into the knockout round of the tournament. The above photo shows some of the damage to one of the buses.

The buses are being repaired, meaning they are not available to do what they are supposed to do: serve our everyday riders. The repairs also cost Metro and you — the taxpayer — money that could probably be spent on better things.

Thus, this announcement from Metro officials: Similar to past incidents where public safety is compromised, Metro will immediately suspend service in any area impacted by civil disturbances. Metro does not want to put its passengers, bus operators and other employees in harms way. Service will resume only when law enforcement deems it safe to do so.

As soccer fans are keenly aware, Mexico plays the Netherlands on Sunday morning in the second round of the World Cup. It’s an elimination game, meaning everything is on the line for both teams.

Metro will be closely monitoring the game and public safety on streets in our county. In particular, the following bus lines may be impacted: the 18, 94, 102, 111, 224, 230, 233, 251, 260, 612, 720 and the 761.

When service is detoured or suspended, Nextrip will not reflect accurate real-time arrivals.

To avoid potential disruptions or detours, customers should consider using Metro Rail when possible. There are tons of places to watch the game along the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green and Gold Lines!

Follow Metro’s general Twitter account or Metro’s Twitter feed with only service alerts for the latest rider information.

Go Metro to Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party for rooftop fireworks and savings around town

The Fourth of July is rapidly approaching and if you’re making plans to stay in town, Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party is definitely where you should celebrate. There will be music, food and the biggest rooftop fireworks display in downtown L.A. Best of all, it’s free!

Doors open at 1 p.m. and the music starts at 4 p.m. The easiest way to get to the block party is via Metro. Take the Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station–Civic Center/Grand Park Station will be partially closed. For more route options, use Trip Planner. 

While you’re out having fun, show your valid TAP card at any of these DTLA locations near Grand Park and save on dinner and more:

Check after the jump for dates, times and a map of street closures in the area for the block party.

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Go Metro to the Los Angeles Kings’ SECOND Stanley Cup victory parade

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, which won the Stanley Cup Friday night with a heart-stopping and breath-taking double-overtime win over the New York Rangers.

A victory parade will begin at noon Monday at 5th and Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles and travel south along Figueroa to L.A. Live and Staples Center — just as did when the Kings won the Cup in 2012. With downtown street closures in place and some inevitable bus detours, the best way to travel to the parade is to take Metro Rail or Metrolink into downtown. Metro will be adding rail service to accommodate the crowds.

The closest Metro Rail stations to the parade route are Pershing Square (Red/Purple Line), 7th/Metro Center (Red/Purple Line, Blue Line, Expo Line) and Pico (Blue Line, Expo Line). Metrolink riders can transfer to the Red/Purple Line at Union Station — both the Red and Purple Line serve all downtown Los Angeles stations.

There is also paid parking at Union Station — it’s $6 for the day.

Need to plan your transit trip? Try Metro’s Trip Planner or Google Transit. Here’s a map of Metro and Metrolink commuter train lines:

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Click on the map to see a larger version.

If you’re having trouble viewing the map, click here for a pdf of the map. Or click here to see a pdf of only Metro routes.

Some specifics on individual Metro lines:

•The Expo Line runs from Culver City to 7th/Metro Center at the intersection of Figueroa and 7th streets, with a stop at Pico — two short blocks from L.A. Live and Staples Center. Timetable and parking info

•The Red Line subway runs from North Hollywood to Union Station and the Purple Line subway from Western Avenue in Koreatown to Union Station. Two stations are near the parade route — Pershing Square is near the beginning of the route and 7th/Metro Center is near the mid-way point.  Timetable and parking info.

•The Orange Line busway runs between Warner Center and the North Hollywood Red Line station and has free parking in several lots. Timetable and parking info

•The Blue Line runs between downtown Long Beach and 7th/Metro Center at 7th and Figueroa, with a stop at Pico, two short blocks from L.A. and Staples Center. There are free parking lots along the route, as well as paid parking in downtown Long Beach. Timetable and parking info

•The Green Line runs between Redondo Beach and Norwalk and offers transfers to the Blue Line. There is also free parking at several lots at stations. Timetable and parking info

•The Gold Line runs to Union Station from both Pasadena and East Los Angeles. There are several free parking lots or garages along the route, as well as street parking and paid parking in downtown Pasadena. Timetable and parking info.

•Metrolink and Amtrak trains serve Union Station, with connections to the Red/Purple Line subway to reach downtown L.A. destinations. Metrolink schedules and Amtrak.com

A single ride on Metro Rail is $1.50 per single bus or train ride. If you don’t already have a reloadable TAP card, you will need to purchase one, available for $1 from TAP vending machines at all Metro Rail and Orange Line stations, in addition to El Monte Station. If you need to transfer, the best choice is a day pass for $5, also available at all ticket vending machines. Tip: don’t throw out your TAP card when done — you can use it in the future!

On the go and need rail and bus arrival/departure times from your current location? Try Metro’s app for smartphones. Android version and iPhone version

This weekend in West Hollywood: bus detours and free Pride Ride shuttle

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L.A. Pride starts this Friday with a stellar lineup of performances, programs, and festivities lasting through Sunday, June 8. Whether you’re headed to West Hollywood for the celebrations or just passing through, you’ll want to be aware of street closures and bus detours in the neighborhood this weekend.

Metro Bus 10, 30/330 and Rapid 705 will detour at San Vicente between Melrose and Santa Monica from approximately 8 p.m. this Thursday until early Monday morning. For further information, see our service advisories page. Metro Bus 2, 4, 10, 30, 105, 217, 218 and Rapid 704 will detour at multiple locations on Sunday for the Christopher Street West Parade. Again, our service advisories page has all the details.

For a list of street and facility closures–including West Hollywood Park and Library–click here.

To avoid traffic and parking congestion during the celebration, use the free Pride Ride shuttle. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes and follow a continuous loop along Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson Boulevard and Fuller Avenue. Shuttles will be brightly marked and feature festive music. There will be a few breaks in service however, so be sure to check the Pride Ride map (see above) for hours of operation.

While at L.A. Pride, look for the Metro booth for free transpo goodies, and have a safe and fun pride celebration!

Come dance at free screening of ‘La Bamba’ at Union Station on June 13

Photo: LA Film Fest Official Facebook

Celebrate the classic hit movie La Bamba with Metro and Los Angeles Film Festival at Union Station on Friday, June 13. The free film screening takes place in Union Station’s old ticket concourse at 8:30 p.m. There will be a jitterbug dance lesson before the movie at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A session with the cast and filmmakers at 8 p.m.

Metro customers who show their TAP cards at check-in will gain access to preferential seating; otherwise it is first come, first served. Guests may bring food to the event. Those with TAP cards can also receive 20% off at the Union Station Wetzel’s Pretzels! Offer available on June 13 only.

“Ritchie Valens was a native Angeleno, so it’s fitting that La Bamba should be shown at the iconic Los Angeles Union Station,” said Lou Diamond Phillips, who played the role of Ritchie Valens in the film. “I hope everyone will come out, dance in the beautiful ticket concourse and join us for a great time…leave your cars at home and experience this historic station as a transit rider.”

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Join the CPR Block Party today at 5 Metro Rail stations, help break world record

This week is National CPR Awareness Week and EduLife Institute is offering free hands-only CPR training today at the following Metro stations:

  • Union Station
  • Red Line North Hollywood Station
  • Red Line Universal City Station
  • Red Line Vermont/Sunset Station
  • Gold Line Mariachi Plaza Station

Instructors will be at the stations until 10 p.m. The training takes less than 1 minute and is intended to equip as many people as possible with the skills necessary to save lives.

To make things more interesting, we’re also hoping to break the world record for most people to complete CPR training in 24 hours! Swing by, spend a minute and get a nifty participation card. And if you absolutely cannot make it out today, you can still learn CPR or take other American Heart Association training classes at the Critical Care Center in North Hollywood. Show your TAP card to receive a $10 discount on your selected course.

Learn hands-only CPR and help break a world record at a Metro station June 3

1532130_711518705572472_5128858847316073413_nSudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, but immediate and effective CPR could more than double a victim’s chance of survival. In honor of National CPR Awareness Week, EduLife Institute will be offering free hands-only CPR training on Tuesday, June 3, at the following Metro stations:

  • Union Station
  • Red Line North Hollywood Station
  • Red Line Universal City Station
  • Red Line Vermont/Sunset Station
  • Gold Line Mariachi Plaza Station

Instructors will be at the stations from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The training is intended to equip as many people as possible with the skills necessary to save lives.

To make things more interesting, however, we’re also hoping to break the world record for most people to complete CPR training in 24 hours. So if more than 20,087 people complete training on June 3, Los Angeles will be the new record holder!

We encourage everyone to pre-register for this event at the CPR Block Party website. Volunteers are also welcome.