Save up to 50 percent on any-day Los Angeles County Fair tickets with Metro

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Discover the Los Angeles County Fair–the largest county fair in the country–with Metro and Metrolink. The fair takes place from August 29 through September 28 at the Fairplex in Pomona. You’ll be able to enjoy Luminasia, a larger-than-life Chinese lantern festival, Grinding Gears dance club, live animals, a carnival with more than 70 thrilling rides and more!

Discounted tickets to the Los Angeles County Fair are available for Metro riders. Use the exclusive promo code when buying tickets online and save up to 50% on any-day fair tickets.

To get to the fair on weekends, take the Metrolink San Bernadino Line to Fairplex Station. A free shuttle will take you from there to the Yellow Gate Entrance. Metrolink is offering a late-night train service back to Los Angeles Union Station on Saturdays and Sundays while the fair is in session so you can stay and enjoy the concerts, nightclub and evening entertainment.

All San Bernardino Line weekend trains will stop at the Fairplex Station except for trains 351, 352 and 353 on Saturday and train 351 on Sunday. Take advantage of the special Metrolink weekend pass discount for trains that run to and from Union Station.

For weekday service to the fair, use the Pomona (North) Station and transfer to Foothill Transit Bus 197.

Go Metro to FYF Fest this weekend

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FYF Fest returns to rock L.A. this Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24. Nearly 60 artists are scheduled to perform, including The Strokes, Phoenix, and Haim, as well as Interpol, Kalela, and Blood Orange (favorites of yours truly).

With Los Angeles Historic State Park near Chinatown now out of commission, the L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park are hosting the festival this time around. Luckily, getting to FYF’s new home via Metro Rail is just as easy as before. The event entrance, at 39th Street between Vermont Avenue and Bill Robertson Lane, is steps away from the Expo Line’s Expo/Vermont Station. Forget the hassle of driving and parking and go Metro for a stress-free ride to and from the concert. Show your TAP card at the FYF Info booth and you’ll receive a free water and gift while supplies last!

FYF Fest lasts from 2:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, August 23, Metro Rail, Orange, and Silver Lines will follow their normal, late-night Saturday schedules with service until 2 a.m. On Sunday, August 24, Metro will again run a late-night Saturday schedule for Metro Rail, Orange, and Silver Lines, extending its normal service hours so that everyone can enjoy the show and have a safe ride home. Longer, full-platform trains will be running on the Expo Line for extra capacity.

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Back to school on Metro: info on getting around, student fares and safety

The Metro System map showing all the agencies' bus and rail lines. Click above for a pdf version that allows you to zoom in on different areas.

The Metro System map showing all the agencies’ bus and rail lines. Click above for a pdf version that allows you to zoom in on different areas.

 

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The Metro Rail and Transitway map. Click above to see larger.

When I was a wee lad, no one went back to school until Labor Day had passed. These days are a different story with some kids headed back to school beginning this week.

Metro serves many schools and colleges in Los Angeles County with its 177 bus lines and nearly 16,000 bus stop locations. Metro also has five rail lines — the Red/Purple Line subway, the Blue Line, Expo Line, Gold Line and Green Line — and runs both the Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley and the Silver Line bus that runs between El Monte Station, downtown Los Angeles and the Harbor Gateway Transit Center in Gardena via the 10 and 110 freeways.

In other words, there are a lot of ways to get around the county for kids who both live close to school or who have their own hefty commutes. Here is some information on reduced fares, getting around the Metro system and safety:

Maps and timetables for all Metro bus and rail lines can be found here. The basic system map and rail maps are above.

•There are two online trip planners that can help you plan a transit trip: the trip planner on Metro’s home page and Google Transit.

•If you have a smartphone, go to nextbus.com for real-time bus and train arrival information. The website easily allows you to see when the next bus or train is arriving at stops/stations near your current location.

•Safety tips for all riders can be found by clicking here, including tips on how to prevent theft of cell phones and electronic devices.

•All riders — including students — should have the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department number saved in their cell phones. The number is 1.888.950.SAFE (7233).

•Metro puts out a lot of information on social media, including service alerts. Click here to subscribe to Metro’s general Twitter feed and click here to follow Metro on Facebook. Metro also has a Twitter feed that includes only service alerts. And this Metro Twitter feed has alerts on elevators that are out of service.

Here’s a nice post by one of my colleagues from last fall on the benefits of students using transit to travel to school.

FARES FOR STUDENTS K THROUGH 12

Now students can obtain a special TAP card and use it to ride at special reduced rates. These prices, which are not impacted by the Sept. 15 fare increases and changes:

30-Day Pass – $24

Single One-Way Fare – $1

The 30-Day Pass allow for unlimited rides. It’s the best deal for students who use Metro to go to school every day and for those who use Metro to travel around the area.

To apply for a Metro Student TAP Card (K-8 or 9-12), download an application: EnglishSpanish. Submit it along with all required documentation at one of Metro’s four Customer Centers (listed below). Students in grades 9-12 are required to have a valid photo ID or school ID to purchase the fares or ride with a Student TAP card.

Once you receive your new Student TAP card in the mail, you have three fare payment options:

  • If you ride every day, load your card with a Student 30-Day Pass ($24) at selected schools or any Metro Pass Sales locations (there are about 400 in Los Angeles County). You’ll get unlimited rides for 30 consecutive days.
  • If you ride occasionally, load your card with some cash; each time you board and tap, it will deduct a reduced one-way fare of $1 (bus or rail) from your card balance.
  • If you prefer, just tap your unloaded card on the farebox when you board (bus only) and pay the reduced one-way cash fare of $1.

For more information about reduced fare programs, call the Metro Reduced Fare Office at 213.680.0054.

FARES FOR COLLEGE/VOCATIONAL STUDENTS

The College/Vocational Monthly Pass is $36 currently and will be $43 when Metro’s new fares begin on Sept. 15.

To qualify for a College/Vocational discount, you must complete the College/Vocational TAP application available at select schools and Metro Customer Centers. Submit the completed application at any Metro Customer Center or mail it to the Metro Reduced Fare Office, One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-PL-4, Los Angeles, CA, 90012-2952.

Upon receipt of your college/Vocational TAP card, you can load a reduced-rate pass every month at any Metro Customer Center or area pass vendors. Undergraduate and graduate students must provide proof of enrollment in an accredited school in Los Angeles County. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units or 12 hours of in-classroom study per week for a minimum of 3 consecutive months. Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 8 units of in-classroom study per week for a minimum of 3 consecutive months.

If you are enrolled in a summer program that meets for less than 3 months and/or 12 units, you can still qualify only if you met the eligibility requirements in the preceding spring term. Download an application: English Spanish | Armenian | Cambodian Chinese | Japanese | Korean | Russian | Thai | Vietnamese

Qualified applicants may submit applications for a College/Vocational TAP card at any time during their current school term. Applications received after August 10 will receive a card that expires in March of the following year. Applications received after February 10 will receive a card that expires in October of the same year.

For questions call: Metro Reduced Fare Office 213.680.0054 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

METRO CUSTOMER CENTERS

Union Station/Gateway Transit Center – East Portal
Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles
Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Photo booth Available
See Map

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Center
3650 w. Martin Luther King Blvd., Ste 189
Los Angeles
Tuesday – Saturday , 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Photo booth Available
See Map

East Los Angeles Center
4501 B Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles
Tuesday – Saturday , 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Photo booth Available
See Map

Wilshire/Vermont Center
3183 Wilshire Bl, Ste 174

Los Angeles
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(Now Open)
See Map

 

 

Get ready for Made in America – here’s how to get there

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Made in America comes to Grand Park in Los Angeles August 30 and 31 with some big names in music–Kanye West, Imagine Dragons and Iggy Azalea, just to name a few. If you’re heading to this two-day festival, why not go Metro? Taking the bus or train makes it easy to leave the hassle of traffic and parking behind.

If your ticket has you entering from the North Gates: take the Red, Purple, Silver or Gold Line to Union Station. Exit towards Alameda Street, then walk north up Los Angeles Street to Temple Street.

If your ticket has you entering from the South Gates: take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street, walk two blocks north on Hill Street. You can also take the Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and walk west on 1st Street towards City Hall.

Transit pro-tip: load your TAP card with round-trip cash fare or a Day Pass before heading out. A Day Pass is good from first tap until 3 a.m. the next day. For those who want to park and ride on the Expo Line, parking will be extremely limited at Culver City Station and La Cienega/Jefferson Station due to the USC football game on Saturday, August 30. Consider parking at Expo/Crenshaw Station on Saturday only. Parking is not permitted at Expo/Crenshaw Station on Sunday.

Please note: Civic Center/Grand Park Station will be closed during Made in America. Trains will not stop at the station. ADA access will be provided from Union Station; details will be posted closer to the date of the event. Proposed Made in America street closures and bus detours will be updated here.

Go Metro and save on food at the Los Angeles Jazz and Music Festival

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The 1st annual Los Angeles Jazz and Music Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24 at Sycamore Park in Highland Park. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Enjoy live music from the likes of Poncho Sanchez, Chicano Batman, Cold Duck and many more!

Save 5 percent on your bill at participating food vendors when you show your valid TAP card.

Sycamore Park is located at 4702 N. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. Take the Metro Gold Line to Southwest Museum Station and walk south to Figueroa Street. Plan your route using the Trip Planner.

Go Metro to Nisei Week festivities in Little Tokyo this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, August 16 to 17, is the closing weekend of Nisei Week, Little Tokyo’s annual celebration of Japanese culture and community first organized in 1934. Held primarily at locations around Little Tokyo, this year’s Nisei Week events are easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail.

Some highlights of the festival’s final days include:

  • Nisei Week Japanese Festival/JACCC Plaza Festival: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Japanese American Culture & Community Center. (Be sure to check out the exhibits on bonsai, calligraphy, embroidery and kimekomi dolls going on inside the JACCC.)
  • Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship: Saturday, 2 p.m. in LA City Lots 7/2 (behind MOCA/Japanese American National Museum).
  • Nisei Week Car ShowSaturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 100 N. Alameda Street (1st/Alameda).
  • Ramen Yokocho Festival: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in LA City Lots 7/2 (there is a $5 entry fee).
  • Ondo (folk music/dance) and Closing Ceremony: Sunday, 4 p.m. along 1st Street in Little Tokyo.

To arrive at Nisei Week via Metro Rail, take the Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, one stop southeast of Union Station. Trains arrive every 7-10 minutes during the weekend. Helpful hint: Load your TAP card with enough cash fare for a round-trip or with a Day Pass when starting your trip to avoid long waits at the TAP Vending Machines on your return.

For bus service to the festival, Metro Bus 30/330 stops at 1st Street/Judge John Aiso Street in Little Tokyo every 10 minutes during peak hours. Please note that DASH A, D, and OCTA Line 701 do not run over the weekend.

Finally, don’t forget–Metro customers enjoy a Destination Discount with the Japanese American National Museum. Show your TAP card and receive $2 off museum admission and 10% off your bill at the Chado Tea Room!

Go Metro to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular to get free tote bag

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It’s time for the 1812 Overture plus fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl! Go Metro to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16. Performances start at 8 p.m. both nights and tickets are still available.

And special for Metro-riding Tchaikovsky-lovers: show your valid TAP card with your concert ticket at the Hollywood Bowl gift shop and you’ll receive a free Hollywood Bowl tote bag! The offer is only valid on August 15 and 16.

To get to the Hollywood Bowl, take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the free shuttle up to the Bowl. (Shuttle is free with TAP card.) Use the Trip Planner for more routes and connections.