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.

Click above to see larger.

Click above to see larger.

Go Metro to Turkey Trot L.A. in DTLA on Thanksgiving!

20131127-141548.jpg

20131127-141611.jpg

20131127-141629.jpg

Just a quick reminder: If you need a lift to the Turkey Trot 5K or 10K in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Metro Rail will be running (on a Sunday schedule). Registration is still open for the race; here is more information. Show your TAP card and get a 10 percent discount on registration!

The race begins on Spring Street in front of City Hall and Grand Park. The Red/Purple Line Civic Center station is two blocks east and an easy walk through the park (literally). The Gold Line’s Little Tokyo station is a 10-minute walk away — just walk on 1st Street toward City Hall. Here are bus and rail maps and timetables and fare information.

And the above photos? These are some of our extras from our exciting photo shoot with Ryan, who works with the race organizers. And the answer is no, Anna and I didn’t run the “any turkey can ride” slogan up the corporate ladder but a big part of life is figuring out what you can get away with :)

Good luck, runners!


Go Metro and beat holiday shopping traffic!

Click above to see larger

Click above to see larger

Click above to see Metro interactive rail map.

Click above to see Metro interactive rail map.

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, meaning it’s now officially time to contemplate two holiday traditions: grandma’s green bean casserole and shopping (hopefully in that order!)

Metro serves many of the area’s largest shopping malls or districts — helping shoppers avoid overflowing parking lots or finding a parking meter on congested streets.

Metro fares are $1.50 per single ride on a bus or train or $5 for a Day Pass, which allows unlimited rides that day. Buses accept cash fares or TAP cards, Metro’s reloadable plastic fare cards. On Metro Rail, buy a TAP card at the ticket machine (the cards cost $1). More information on fares here.

Here are some of the more popular shopping destinations:

Shopping districts:

  • Melrose Avenue between La Brea and Fairfax. Metro Bus 10 serves Melrose. Connections can be made via Bus 212/312 that runs on La Brea and Bus 217 or Rapid 780 that runs on Fairfax.
  • Abbott Kinney, Venice. Metro Bus 33 and 733 stop at Venice Boulevard and Abbott Kinney — walk north on Abbott Kinney from there.
  • Ventura Boulevard between Laurel Canyon Drive and Whitsett Avenue in Studio City. Metro Bus 150, 240 and Rapid 750 serve Ventura Boulevard with connections to Bus 218 that runs on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Downtown Los Angeles:

  • Toy District, northeastern downtown between Los Angeles, San Pedro, 3rd and 5th streets and an alternative to the established retailers. Metro Bus 18, 53, 62, 460 from the south and Rapid 720 from the west.

Union Station has starring role in new Pharrell Williams 24-hour video for ‘Happy’

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

At the risk of sounding like I’m aware of current trends in pop culture, you simply must drop everything and watch Pharrell Williams’ new music video for his song “Happy.”

It’s not just a regular video — it’s a 24-hour video featuring different people dancing to the song across Los Angeles. That includes more than a dozen different people dancing at Metro-owned Los Angeles Union Station beginning at 9:53 a.m. of the video’s 24-hour clock.

Screen grabs are above of the different dancers (I think I got most of them). The video was filmed earlier this year.

P.S. If the dancer at 9:57 a.m. would like to be extensively interviewed for The Source, click here to reach me.

Go Metro to this Sunday’s Mariachi Festival in Boyle Heights

The 23rd Annual Mariachi Festival takes place in Boyle Heights this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will include a day full of Mariachi music, Folklorico dancers, arts activities, and delicious food.

Go Metro and save some cash! Show your TAP card to participating merchandise and food vendors and save between 10% and 15% on your entire purchase. Participants will be identified at the information booth.

The exclusive offer is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to the Mariachi Festival, hop on the Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station or Metro Bus 30 to 1st/Boyle. Use the Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Go Metro to holiday light celebrations

Photo by Andrew Gorden via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Andrew Gorden via Flickr

We may miss out on the whole picturesque, snow-capped December thing here in the Los Angeles-area — which is perhaps why many of us (including yours truly) are nutty about holiday lights.

In the spirit of all things festive and electric, here is a list of Metro-adjacent holiday light celebrations. From lamp-lit Victorian houses and a luminous boat parade, to Christmas trees and menorahs too big to fit through your front door, Go Metro to dazzle your eyeballs and get in the holiday mood—sans traffic, and of course, sans snow.

Bonus: many of the events below include performances, live music, ice sculpting, fireworks, seasonal nosh, and more, so be sure to click the links for details!

Now, who else is excited for the holidays?

Get ready for the “12 Days of Metro” Instagram scavenger hunt contest

PhotoGrid_1384972793270

Participate in the “12 Days of Metro” for a chance to win great prizes from some of Metro’s Destination Discounts partners!

The scavenger hunt begins on Thursday, Dec. 5, and will run each weekday through Friday, Dec. 12. Here’s how it works: each weekday at 8 a.m. Metro will post a clue on its Instagram account.

How to play:

  1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
  2. Solve the daily riddle, which will involve a location accessible by Metro
  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 and tags will be entered to win the daily prize! The contest will close at 6 p.m. each business day; submissions posted after 6 p.m. will not be included.

The daily winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Metro’s Instagram the following day. Prizes include theatre tickets, restaurant gift cards and more! Click here for the official contest rules, terms and conditions.


Go Metro and save on Tuesday evening shows to The Lion King

The Lion King will be gracing the Hollywood Pantages Theatre stage from Nov. 20 through Jan. 12. During its run, Metro riders will be able to save 15% on tickets to Tuesday evening shows.

Show your valid TAP card and mention the promo code METRO at the box office when purchasing or picking up tickets to receive the 15% discount on orchestra seats for every Tuesday evening show. Use promo code METRO when purchasing tickets online. Offer is only available while supplies last.

The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to the Hollywood Pantages, take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station or Metro Rapid 780 to Argyle/Hollywood. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro to HARD Day of The Dead

Photo: HARD Presents... Official Facebook

Photo: HARD Presents… Official Facebook

Metro will offer extended late-night Metro Rail service on Sunday, Nov. 3, for HARD Day of the Dead. The event, set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2–3, will take place at Los Angeles Historic State Park, a short walk from both the Gold Line Chinatown station and Union Station.

Please note that unlike previous HARD events, attendees WILL NOT receive a Metro Day Pass with their tickets, which means if you’re going Metro to the concerts, you’ll need to get a reusable TAP card ($1) and make sure it’s loaded with cash fare or a pass. One ride is $1.50 per line; a Day Pass is $5 and lets you ride the entire Metro system until 3 a.m. the following day.

Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris headline a loaded lineup. The music will start each day at noon and last sets will end at approximately 12 a.m. On Saturday, Nov. 2, Metro will run normal 2 a.m. late-night service. On Sunday, Nov. 3, Metro Rail, Orange and Silver Lines will run approximately one hour after the festival ends to accommodate those who go to the show.

Last trains/buses on Sunday night will be as follows:

  • Northbound Gold Line to Pasadena will leave East L.A. at 12:43 a.m., leaving Union Station at 1:07 a.m.; Southbound to East L.A. will leave Pasadena at 12:39 a.m., departing Union Station at 1:08 a.m.
  • Outbound Red Line to North Hollywood will leave Union Station at 1:12 a.m. and arrive 7th St./Metro Ctr at 1:16 a.m. to connect with Blue and Expo Line; Outbound Purple Line to Wilshire/Western will leave Union Station at 1:07 a.m..
  • Southbound Blue Line to Long Beach will leave 7th St./Metro Ctr at 1:25 a.m. and arrive Willowbrook at 1:49 a.m. to connect with the Green Line; Westbound Expo Line to Culver City will leave 7th St./Metro Ctr at 1:30 a.m.
  • Green Line to both Norwalk and Redondo Beach will leave Willowbrook at 2 a.m.
  • Westbound Orange Line will provide extra buses to Warner Center and Chatsworth, leaving North Hollywood at 1:15 a.m., 1:35 a.m. and 1:55 a.m.
  • Eastbound Silver Line to El Monte Station will leave Union Station at 1:20 a.m.; Southbound Silver Line to Harbor Gateway Transit Center will leave Union Station at 1:31 a.m.

For more information on routes and schedule times, visit metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

Reminder: Go Metro to Taste of Soul Saturday, Oct 19

Taste of Soul, one of L.A.’s largest street festivals, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Running down Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker and Rodeo Road, visitors can sample great food from local restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and check out displays by local artists.

Hop on the Expo Line to Expo/Crenshaw Station, then start walking south on Crenshaw until you come across a huge crowd of people. It will take you less than five minutes.

Metro will have a booth at the Crenshaw/Rodeo intersection to provide information about the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line project, which is preparing to begin major construction next spring. Rail safety staff will be available to talk about how to be safe around trains and tracks.

Representatives from Metro’s community partners, several labor unions and a  pre-apprenticeship training program will be available to provide information on how to enter trade unions to work on Metro capital projects that will soon start construction in the region. Information on careers at Metro, from bus operators to executive officers, will be available as well.

Adjacent to Metro’s booth will be the Metro Experience, a mobile theatre will be screening video presentations that reflect the Crenshaw and Inglewood communities.

Metro Bus 40, 102, 105, 210, 710 and 740 will be detouring for the festival. Signs in English and Spanish will be posted at bus stops regarding the temporary routes, or check Metro’s Service Advisories for the latest changes on detours.

For bicyclists, there is ample secure parking for bikes at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza located at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Bikes are allowed on all Metro Bus and Rail.