Service alert: boarding change for Dodger Stadium Express at Union Station

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Due to construction work at Union Station’s Patsaouras Transit Plaza, the boarding location for the Dodger Stadium Express is shifting temporarily from Bay 3 to the front of the Metro headquarters building on the north side of the plaza — as shown on the above map.

The new boarding location takes effect for Friday night’s game against Arizona.

There will be Metro staff on hand on the plaza and inside Union Station to help guide passengers, as well as signs pointing the way. If coming from inside the station, please use the left escalator or stairs up to the plaza.

Click here for more information on the Dodger Stadium Express.

Metro working to improve Dodger Stadium Express after tough traffic Tuesday

As the above tweets show, the Dodger Stadium Express had a rough outing for Tuesday night’s game. A few trips before the game exceeded 75 minutes between Union Station and the ballpark.

The game, which featured a hoodie sweatshirt giveaway, drew a big crowd for a Tuesday evening with more than 53,000 in attendance according to Major League Baseball. Traffic was bad and there were two problems for the Dodger Stadium Express:

•Even with enforcement from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, many private vehicles used the bus-only lane on Sunset Boulevard — making it difficult for buses to reach the stadium in a timely manner. Even though a few citations were issued to those illegally using the lane, Metro will be working with the city of Los Angeles to improve signage and keep cars out of the bus lane. One possible solution may be to use pylons to mark off the lane.

•The other problem occurred at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station. Crowds arrived early to take the bus to the game and ultimately — and unfortunately — two separate lines ended up forming. It was confusing and some people rightly complained. To avoid similar problems, Metro staff will be at the transit plaza two hours before game time to ensure that there is one, well-organized line for those waiting to board buses.

Please keep in mind that he Dodgers are expected to keep pulling big crowds throughout the season. Metro appreciates everyone’s patronage and the agency will try to make the bus shuttle faster and easier to use, as it has frequently been in recent seasons.

For more information on taking the Dodger Stadium Express, please click here. The bus service is free to those holding a game ticket.

Officials and a dinosaur teach drivers: How to spend less on gas

With pump prices more than $4 a gallon again and more than 50 cents a gallon higher than they were in January, Metro and the Automobile Club of Southern California today joined forces to help teach drivers how to spend less on gas. They were joined by representatives from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, including Hunter the T. rex.

Standing on the platform of the Metro Expo/Vermont Station, with some of the finest museums in the world just steps away, Metro urged L.A. residents to maximize their spring break and summer vacation dollars by picking up a $5 Day Pass and making easy-to-reach destinations on the Metro system part of their plans.

Drivers were reminded by the Auto Club that gas prices have jumped 82 percent in the last decade while the median household income for Californians has risen just 16 percent. But the good news is that many drivers can save up to $1,000 or even $2,000 a year on fuel at today’s prices by consistently following a few good habits, including slowing down and adopting a smooth, even driving style.

For inspiration, Simon Adlam, Director of Exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, invited vacationers to explore the many new and exciting exhibits at the Natural History Museum and he brought along Hunter the T. rex to make sure everyone paid attention.

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

 

Go Metrolink to Angels versus Dodgers this weekend

Metrolink passengers, of course, can take the Dodger Stadium Express bus from Union Station to Dodger Stadium, meaning no hassles with parking.

The Dodgers are actually 2-0 already this season but return home from Australia for a pair of exhibition games against the Angels before resuming their regular season next Sunday night at San Diego. I know. Weird way for Major League Baseball to treat the fans that support the Dodgers and Diamondbacks on a regular basis.

In any event, there is extra Metrolink service to the Angels games this week, which usually draw big crowds. At the media event for the Dodger Stadium Express earlier, Dodgers officials said they’ve already sold three million tickets for the upcoming season. Big crowds mean big traffic in the stadium parking lot.

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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.

Speed Dating on the Red Line: the photos and the video!

First, a huge thank you from everyone at Metro to those who participated in today’s first-ever (first annual?) Speed Dating on the Red Line event!

Above are some of the photos I grabbed while riding back and forth between DTLA and NoHo. Hope you enjoy. Click on a photo to see a larger version. Thanks go to Mark Clifford for the color photos. And thanks to Rich Morallo of Metro for the video that is below.

There was a lot of media on hand; I’ll add links to the videos and stories as they go online.

To those who speedily dated today, how was the event? Meet anyone interesting? Meet anyone not so interesting? Feedback please, people!

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

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Attachment A - Event Rules

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.

8 days left before Jamzilla…who you gonna call?

Disclaimer: the above video is a dramatization. Actually calling 511 may result in a different experience.

Southern California 511 – the free traveler information service that provides traffic updates via phone or web – has launched a new feature to keep Southern California drivers up to date during Jamzilla, the 80-hour paving operation scheduled for Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 14-18 in the Sepulveda Pass.

Call 511 on your phone or smart phone during President’s Day Weekend and, after the automated answer, say “Jamzilla” to receive information on the I-405 closure or say “traffic” to receive frequently updated information on traffic on nearby freeways that feed into the Sepulveda Pass area. Updates will include freeway traffic drive times, freeway speeds and SigAlerts. Similar information will appear on the website go511.com, which also includes a real-time traffic map.

P.S. Don’t forget about the Jamzilla live chat scheduled for this Friday! We promise, no roaring over the keyboard.