Go Metro to Make Music Pasadena and save 10% at Urth Caffé in Pasadena

Making weekend plans? Don’t miss Make Music Pasadena, California’s only free musical festival that features Grammy-award winning artists alongside homegrown, emerging talent. The event spans more than 20 city blocks, includes more than 150 free concerts and takes place this Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

To get to Make Music Pasadena, take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. You’ll exit right into the middle of all the action! You can also hop off at Del Mar Station and walk north for just a few minutes on Arroyo Parkway.

If you need to refuel or hydrate during the day-long festival, drop by Urth Caffé on Colorado Boulevard. Show your valid TAP card to save 10% on food or drink (and I highly recommend the Moroccan mint green tea latte).

Hop on the Expo Line to see Endeavour and Pompeii

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Photos: Luis Inzunza/Metro

Are you starting to make plans for this summer? The California Science Center is the only place in town where you explore the space age and ancient history. Check out the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the new Pompeii exhibit all in one day. And getting there is easy–just hop on the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station! (See the out-of-time visitor from Pompeii and lost astronaut navigate Metro in the video below.) Best of all, you can save on tickets to the exhibit with your valid TAP card.

Dodger Stadium Express moves back to normal place on bus plaza

With construction and maintenance work on the Patsaouras Bus Plaza winding down, the Dodger Stadium Express moves back to its normal loading place at Bus Bay 3 for the Dodgers homestand that begins tonight against the mighty Cincinnati Reds.

For more information about the Dodger Stadium Express, click here. The bus runs between Los Angeles Union Station and the ballpark and is free for those holding game tickets.

Blue Line Farmers’ Market now every Thursday

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Just a heads up, the Blue Line Farmers’ Market has moved from Wednesdays to Thursdays! It still operates from 3 to 7 p.m., rain or shine, in the MLK Transit Center adjacent to the Blue Line Compton Station.

Go Metro and save 10% on your purchases by showing your valid TAP card to any of the vendors at the market. To get to the market, take the Metro Blue Line to Compton Station or Bus 202 to Willowbrook/Compton. It couldn’t be easier–you can see the market from the station platform!

The market started last September to address the City of Compton’s designation as a “food desert” by the USDA (an area meets the criteria of a ‘food desert’ when more than 15% of its residents are 1.5 miles or more from a grocery store). It provides fresh produce, local and/or hand-made wares, and meals/treats prepared on site to 90,000 Metro Blue Line commuters, as well as residents of Compton and the surrounding neighborhoods. The market has also featured live music/entertainment, children’s activities, and cooking demonstrations (not to mention free samples!).

Live. Breathe. Blue…and save on game tickets with Metro

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the hottest tickets in town, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to see them live.

Fans can save up to $20 on game tickets with an exclusive Metro discount! Go Metro to see Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu take care of business at Dodger Stadium. You can connect from Metro Bus or Rail to the Dodger Stadium Express, which is free with your same-day game ticket.

Here is the schedule of games that are eligible for discount:

Date Time Opponent/Buy Tix Promotion
Wed, May 28 7:10pm Cincinnati Reds
Thu, May 29 7:10pm Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Vote T-Shirt
Sat, May 31 4:15pm Pittsburgh Pirates
Sun Jun 1 5:07pm Pittsburgh Pirates Kids’ Batting Helmet ^
Mon, Jun 2 7:10pm Chicago White Sox
Wed, Jun 4 7:10pm Chicago White Sox 10,000 wins commemorative pin ++
Mon, Jun 16 7:10pm Colorado Rockies
Wed, Jun 18 7:10pm Colorado Rockies
Sat, Jun 28 4:15pm St. Louis Cardinals
Mon, Jun 30 7:10pm Cleveland Indians
Wed, Jul 2 12:10pm Cleveland Indians
Wed, Jul 30 7:10pm Atlanta Braves
Sat, Aug 2 6:10pm Chicago Cubs Dodgers Reusable Tote Bag
Sat, Aug 16 6:10pm Milwaukee Brewers The Natural Postgame Screening
Tue, Aug 19 7:10pm San Diego Padres
Thu, Aug 21 7:10pm San Diego Padres
Sat, Aug 23 6:10pm New York Mets Pups at the Park
Mon, Sep 1 5:10pm Washington Nationals
Wed, Sep 3 12:10pm Washington Nationals
Mon, Sep 8 7:10pm San Diego Padres
Wed, Sep 10 7:10pm San Diego Padres
Mon, Sep 22 7:10pm San Francisco Giants

Photos from this morning’s guided bike ride between Union Station and Boyle Heights

Thanks to everyone who came out this morning for the Guided Ride from Union Station to Boyle Heights that was part of Bike Week LA! It was a nice turnout on a very warm day and everyone seemed to have a good time.

More on Bike Week LA events here. And a reminder: Thursday is Bike to Work Day. More info:

Give bicycling to work a try. With almost 100 “pit stops” offering refreshments across Los Angeles County, there is no excuse not to ride your bike to work. Click here to find the one nearest you. Don’t forget to pledge to be entered to win great prizes, including a new bike from REI.

Free rides on Bike to Work Day will be offered on Glendale Beeline, Long Beach Transit, Metrolink (must bring a bike to ride for free), Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit System, Torrance Transit, DASH & Commute Express, Beach Cities Transit, City of El Monte Transit, and Pasadena ARTS. Free rides for Bike to Work participants will also be offered on Metro Bus and Metro Rail.

And Friday night is Metro Bike Night at Union Station:

You are invited to Metro Bike Night at Union Station! Hosted by Metro and partners in the bicycle community, this is an evening wrap-up event for Bike Week 2014.

Metro Bike Night will take place in the Fred Harvey Room and outside courtyard area on Friday, May 16 from 5:30-8:30pm. This free event will feature special guests, live music, food trucks, outdoor booths, free bike valet, bike short films, trivia, bike portraits and a fashion show. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win a Tern folding bike, a one year supply of Clif Bar products, Abus U-locks, 30-Day Metro passes, Bike Week LA special edition t-shirts and more!

Come out to win prizes and wrap up BIKE WEEK LA 2014!

More info on the event’s Facebook page!


Go Metro to Grand Central Market and receive a $2 token to spend on food

Photos: Anna Chen/Metro

With its vintage neon signs and general old world vibe, it’s hard not to love downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market at first sight. And if you’re the type who’s not easily impressed by visuals, the market’s large variety of groceries, food stalls, and artisanal fare is sure to win you over at first taste.

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TAP at Grand Central Market for a $2 token to spend on your next treat.

Plus, there’s now one more reason to love Grand Central Market: a brand new Destination Discount for transit riders. Show your valid TAP card at the market’s information desk (located near the Hill Street entrance), sign up for their email list and receive a $2 token to redeem at any food or non-alcoholic drink vendor. The only hard part is deciding where you’ll use your discount!

If you do find yourself overwhelmed by all the the choices, here are a few Metro staff favorites:

  • Egg**** has a name we can’t print, but an egg-salad sandwich we can’t get enough of.
  • The wonton soup and fried rice are favorites at China Cafe.

    Another thing we love about Tacos Tumbras a Tomas? The liberal use of avocado. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

    Another thing we love about Tacos Tumbras a Tomas? The liberal use of avocado. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

  • We love the generous price-to-portion ratio at Tacos Tumbras a Tomas: two tacos come stuffed to the brim and extra tortillas are included (making two tacos feel more like four).
  • Valerie at GCM is beloved for its Cobb salad and delicious bread.
  • Sarita’s Pupuseria and the Thai food at Sticky Rice are also staff standouts.
  • Combat food coma with some excellent espresso or tea at G&B Coffee.

To get to Grand Central Market, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street. You can also take the Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/3rd, or any of the many Metro local buses serving Hill Street and Broadway.

The week that was: more photos and video from Union Station’s big birthday party

Photos by Peter Atkinson and Joshua Southwick/Metro

We’re still sorting through photos and videos shot at Saturday’s celebration for Union Station’s 75th anniversary. Above is the last wave of photos and below are a pair of videos made by Metro staffers.

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Dodger Stadium Express will board in front of Metro HQ for this weekend series against Giants

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The Dodgers are hosting a huge four-game series this weekend against their NL West rivals San Francisco Giants, who currently have a 2.5-game lead in the division. The first game of the series is tonight at 7:10 p.m.

A heads up for those taking the Dodger Stadium Express to the games: loading at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station will continue to be on the north side of the plaza, directly in front of the Metro headquarters building. This is a temporary location due to ongoing construction and maintenance work on the plaza.

There will be signs pointing the way. If coming from inside Union Station, please use the left escalator or stairs up to the plaza.

Click here for more information on the Dodger Stadium Express.