Go Dodger Stadium Express to Opening Day!

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The Dodgers are off to a hot start at 4-1 and now face the Giants for their home opener at 1:10 p.m. Friday. As usual, the game is sold out and a huge crowd is expected.

If you don’t want to hassle with driving, the Dodger Stadium Express bus runs between Union Station and two stops at the stadium, as the map above shows. Union Station is served by the Red/Purple Line, the Gold Line, Metrolink, Amtrak and many bus lines. Maps and timetables here. For those wishing to park at Union Station, the cost is $6. Information on parking at other Metro Rail stations is here.

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More info:

  • Board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.
  • Service leaves Union Station every 5-10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game time through the 3rd inning for all home games. We recommend arriving early; crowds are heaviest near game time.
  • Your Dodger ticket is good on gameday for the Dodger Stadium Express fare*; otherwise, regular Metro fares apply.
  • NEW for 2014: You can exit inside Dodger Stadium at one of two stops – behind Center Field and at the Top Deck. Service will pick up at the same stops after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.
  • Driving to Union Station to connect with the Dodger Stadium Express? Beat traffic on the 10 and 110 freeways with Metro ExpressLanes. They’re toll-free for carpools, vanpools and motorcycles; solo drivers can use them too, by paying a toll. All users except motorcycles need a Fastrak® transponder. Learn more at metroexpresslanes.net

 

Musicians to celebrate Bach’s birthday March 21 with free public performances

Musicians around the world will be celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s 329th birthday this Friday, March 21, with free performances in subways and other public spaces. The idea is to bring a little music into people’s daily lives and hopefully inspire some future classical music lovers!

Several performances will be taking place near the plaza entrances of the following Metro Rail line stations.

  • Universal City, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Civic Center/Grand Park , 11 a.m. – Noon
  • Civic Center/Grand Park, 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Civic Center/Grand Park, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  
  • Universal City, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Civic Center/Grand Park, 7 – 8 p.m.  

These performances are free and open to the public. At this time, event organizers are no longer accepting performer submissions. Those who would like to stay and listen, please be mindful of the pedestrian traffic around you. Also, please be reminded that musical performances are not allowed inside Metro stations.

Go Metro to the Long Live LA screening and panel discussion

FORM OF ABUSE by Yoshua Okón from Freewaves on Vimeo.

It’s no secret that public transportation helps people live healthier, longer lives. Use of public transit encourages a more active and fit lifestyle that includes walking or bicycling, and it can also link a community to fresh food.

And now there’s another connection between public transportation and health as the Los Angeles media arts organization Freewaves launches “Long Live LA,” a program that harnesses the creativity of artists to engage, educate, and inspire people to live healthier lifestyles with videos addressing critical public health issues that will air on Transit TV. A total of 35 videos will air on Transit TV now through March 31, covering topics ranging from obesity to mental health to lead exposure.

If you’d like to view the collection of short films all in one go, you can attend the free screening of “Live Long LA” on Thursday, Feb. 20 at ForYourArt on 6020 Wilshire Boulevard. The evening will feature a panel discussion about how artists can contribute to the public dialogue about health and inspire people to embrace healthier lifestyles. All are welcome to attend. To get to ForYourArt, hop on the Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax.

Here’s the waiver for those participating in ‘Speed Dating on the Red Line’ on Friday

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If you’re participating in Friday’s “Speed Dating on the Red Line” event, above is the waiver you will need to sign. If you want to get a head start, here’s the waiver, which will also be available at registration for the event. 

Registration will be on the east mezzanine of the Red Line station at Union Station (the transit plaza and Vignes Street side) and the mezzanine level of the North Hollywood station. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. and ‘speed dating’ will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

You can also download the waiver and the event rules. Please click on ‘download’ in the top left corner of the page.

What’s the event all about? First you’ve heard of it? Check out the flier below. And if ‘Speed Dating’ is a little too much for you, Metro has an Instagram Valentine’s Day contest.

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On Valentine’s Day Metro is pleased to present…Speed Dating on the Red Line!

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All the details are in the above flier and we are certainly glad to help answer any questions for those interested in spicing up their commute, lunch time, rest of their lives, etc.

If you need to see the Code of Conduct, here it is for you ladies and gentlemen out there.

What can happen on the subway romance-wise? Here’s one highly fictionalized account (or maybe not) from a video contest we held a few years back :)

Of course, not our fault if a “Bad Romance” ensues…

At this point I’m obligated to write that the above Metro Code of Conduct prohibits most of what’s in the above video. I’m also guessing I’ll be yelled at for posting that sometime in the next 15 minutes :))

Finally, there’s a rumor that Cupid may be making a live appearance on the Red Line next Friday. This is fine so long as Cupid has a valid Metro fare loaded on his/her TAP card and remembers to tap.

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.

How to get to the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl game on Metro

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First, a warm welcome to our everyday riders, new riders and visitors from out-of-town and a Happy New Year’s to everyone!

I know that many of you will be attending the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day or the Rose Bowl game between Stanford and Michigan State. As we’ve done in the past, here are some tips for using the Metro system to reach the parade and game:

•I happen to live very close to the Rose Parade route. If you’re thinking about driving to the parade, please keep in mind that street and paid parking is somewhat limited near the parade route and traffic is usually extremely congested after the parade when tens of thousands of cars try to flee Pasadena as many thousands of cars are simultaneously entering Pasadena for the Rose Bowl game. That’s why many people take the Gold Line to the parade and game.

•Metro is running all-night service on New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day for those going to the Parade early; the Parade begins at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day. All-night service will be provided on the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green, Gold, Orange and Silver Lines in addition to bus lines which normally operate late-night owl service. Trains will run at 20-minute intervals from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. 

•As both maps show, there is parking available at many Metro Rail stations, including Gold Line stations. Parking at most stations is free; it’s six dollars a day to park at Los Angeles Union Station. There are also many paid parking in lots in downtown Los Angeles that are near the Red/Purple Line subway that can be used to connect with the Gold Line at Union Station. 

•The Gold Line’s Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake and Allen stations are just a short walk from the parade route:

  • Del Mar Station (walk 2 blocks north to the Parade route)
  • Memorial Park Station (walk 2 blocks south of the Parade route)
  • Lake Station (walk 4 blocks south to Parade route)
  • Allen Station (walk 4 blocks south to Parade route)

Due to the large crowds expected to come out for the Rose Parade, oversize items such as umbrellas, chairs and coolers will not be permitted on the trains that day.

•Fares on Metro Rail are purchased on reloadable plastic TAP cards, which can be purchased from ticket machines aboard Metro Bus lines and all Metro Rail stations for $1; the ticket machines at Metro Rail stations accept cash or credit cards. Fares are $1.50 per ride on a bus or train; there are no transfers available. If you need to transfer, please purchase a $5 day pass that allows for unlimited travel that day. More fare information here.

Avoid long walks and the high cost of parking at the Rose Bowl — it’s $40 per car. Take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station in Pasadena; then take a short walk to the Parsons Parking Lot B and ride a shuttle in comfort past the traffic, right up to the gate. Shuttle service to the Rose Bowl is free and begins at 10 am on January 1. If you are riding a Metro bus after the game, please check the individual timetables for last bus times leaving Pasadena.

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•As a side note, I would expect that both the station platform at the Allen station and the top of the parking garage at Sierra Madre Villa station would provide good views of the flyover that usually precedes the parade and game. I took the top photo from the parking garage at Pasadena City College along Bonnie Avenue; the bottom photo was taken from the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain; the trailhead is located at the top of Lake Avenue in Altadena.

Photo by Steve Hymon.

Photo by Steve Hymon.

Photo by Steve Hymon.

Photo by Steve Hymon.

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority sponsors weekly downtown holiday market in Arcadia next three Saturdays

Below is the news release from the Construction Authority, the agency building the 11.5-mile extension of the Gold Line between eastern Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border as well as a new rail car maintenance campus in Monrovia; that’s the big construction site just east of the Home Depot.

Outdoor street fair will feature live music, farmer’s market, commercial vendors, food and local Arcadia businesses

WHO: Area Residents and Visitors Looking for the Holiday Spirit

WHAT: Every Saturday over the next three weeks, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) is sponsoring the first ever Downtown Arcadia Christmas Market on First Ave between Huntington Dr and Wheeler Ave. The weekly outdoor street fair is being sponsored by the Construction Authority to help promote the area around the intersection of First Ave and Santa Clara St, where crews have been constructing grade crossing improvements as part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project.

The Downtown Christmas Market will feature live music, a farmer’s market, food, children’s amusements, artisan and commercial vendors, and booths from local Arcadia businesses.

The Construction Authority will also be hosting an information booth at each event to answer questions about the project.

WHEN: Saturdays from 5 – 9 p.m., December 7, 14 and 21, 2013

WHERE: First Ave (between Huntington Dr and Wheeler Ave) in the City of Arcadia

“The Construction Authority is sponsoring these events to help promote the area at First Ave and Santa Clara St, which is heavily impacted by current construction activities,” said Lisa Levy Buch, Director of Public Affairs for the Construction Authority. “We encourage everyone to come enjoy the holiday spirit and support Arcadia businesses.”

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About the Construction Authority: The Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the California State Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from Union Station to Montclair, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. The Construction Authority built the initial segment from Union Station to Pasadena and is underway on the Gold Line Foothill Extension. The Foothill Extension is a $1.7 billion extension that will connect Pasadena to Montclair in two construction segments – Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair. The 11.5-mile Pasadena to Azusa segment is fully funded by Measure R and will be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will determine when the line will open for passenger service. Three design-build contracts, totaling more than $550 million, are being overseen by the Construction Authority to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment. The Azusa to Montclair segment is environmentally cleared and is proceeding to advanced conceptual engineering in 2014.


Whether you’re rooting for Joe Bruin or Tommy Trojan, it’s all Metro to me

Photo: Neon Tommy, via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo: Neon Tommy, via Flickr Creative Commons

UCLA takes on USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this Saturday at 5 p.m. Metro will be running enhanced service on the Expo Line to make it easy for fans of both teams to get to the game. The Expo Line has three stops near the Coliseum: Jefferson/USC, Expo Park/USC and Expo/Vermont.

The enhanced game day service features more frequently-running Expo Line trains beginning three hours prior to kickoff and lasting until 60-75 minutes after the game ends. The Red/Purple and Blue Lines connect with the Expo Line at 7th Street/Metro Center Station. Gold Line riders can transfer to the Red/Purple Lines at Union Station to reach 7th/Metro Center.

Riders coming from west of USC can leave their cars at the Culver City or La Cienega/Jefferson park and ride facilities and board the Expo Line at those stations.

Note: These park and rides tend to fill up fast, so plan on getting there early. Alternatively, there is also parking available near the Expo/Crenshaw Station. For real-time info on game day parking, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts.

There is also parking available in downtown Los Angeles near Metro Rail. If you park near a Red/Purple Line subway station, transfer to the Expo Line on the upper platform at 7th/Metro Center. Parking at Union Station is $6 with easy access to the subway; all trains stop at 7th/Metro Center, about a five-minute ride from Union Station.

In addition to more frequent Metro Rail trains, the Metro Silver Line bus service will be augmented to move people from the El Monte and Harbor Gateway Transit Centers to the station at 37th St/USC.

Buy a TAP card to ride on Metro Rail; the reloadable fare cards are available at ticket machines at all Metro Rail stations. The card costs $1 and you can load it with several rides, stored value cash that fares will be deducted from or a daily, weekly or monthly pass. (A single ride on Metro Rail is $1.50. If you need to transfer, the $5 day pass is the best deal. The Silver Line bus has a fare of $2.45 or simply use your day pass. More about Metro fares here.

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Reminder: Pop-Up Dessert Cafe at Union Station Tuesday, Nov. 26

Metro will host pop-up dessert café Thanksgivvukah Café on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 during lunch at Union Station as part of Metro Presents, Metro’s new program of arts and entertainment. The temporary cafe celebrates the rare, once in a lifetime overlap of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah and will serve free desserts to those who stop by.

Artist and baker Sarah Williams will serve three desserts at the former Fred Harvey Restaurant. Offerings include a choice of Pumpkin Jam Sufganiyot, Rugelach Pecan Pie, or Cranberry Gelt Bavarian Cream. Those who attend also will receive a recipe card for the dessert they enjoyed to take home with them.

The event is open to the public. Desserts are limited to one per person.

Event Details:
Thanksgivvukah Café
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (or until supplies run out)
Union Station Fred Harvey Room
800 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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.