Thanks for riding to the L.A. Kings victory parade, hockey fans! A few pics for you…

Thanks everyone for riding Metro today to the victory parade and celebration for the Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Championship. Looked to me like a big turnout — perhaps more people than for the 2012 parade.

If you would to download full resolution versions of any of the above photos of the Kings, they’re available on Metro’s Flickr page. To download, click on the “….” on the right side of the screen and then choose “download/all sizes” and then select the size.

See you in September, hockey fans!

Go Metro to the Los Angeles Kings’ SECOND Stanley Cup victory parade

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, which won the Stanley Cup Friday night with a heart-stopping and breath-taking double-overtime win over the New York Rangers.

A victory parade will begin at noon Monday at 5th and Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles and travel south along Figueroa to L.A. Live and Staples Center — just as did when the Kings won the Cup in 2012. With downtown street closures in place and some inevitable bus detours, the best way to travel to the parade is to take Metro Rail or Metrolink into downtown. Metro will be adding rail service to accommodate the crowds.

The closest Metro Rail stations to the parade route are Pershing Square (Red/Purple Line), 7th/Metro Center (Red/Purple Line, Blue Line, Expo Line) and Pico (Blue Line, Expo Line). Metrolink riders can transfer to the Red/Purple Line at Union Station — both the Red and Purple Line serve all downtown Los Angeles stations.

There is also paid parking at Union Station — it’s $6 for the day.

Need to plan your transit trip? Try Metro’s Trip Planner or Google Transit. Here’s a map of Metro and Metrolink commuter train lines:

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Click on the map to see a larger version.

If you’re having trouble viewing the map, click here for a pdf of the map. Or click here to see a pdf of only Metro routes.

Some specifics on individual Metro lines:

•The Expo Line runs from Culver City to 7th/Metro Center at the intersection of Figueroa and 7th streets, with a stop at Pico — two short blocks from L.A. Live and Staples Center. Timetable and parking info

•The Red Line subway runs from North Hollywood to Union Station and the Purple Line subway from Western Avenue in Koreatown to Union Station. Two stations are near the parade route — Pershing Square is near the beginning of the route and 7th/Metro Center is near the mid-way point.  Timetable and parking info.

•The Orange Line busway runs between Warner Center and the North Hollywood Red Line station and has free parking in several lots. Timetable and parking info

•The Blue Line runs between downtown Long Beach and 7th/Metro Center at 7th and Figueroa, with a stop at Pico, two short blocks from L.A. and Staples Center. There are free parking lots along the route, as well as paid parking in downtown Long Beach. Timetable and parking info

•The Green Line runs between Redondo Beach and Norwalk and offers transfers to the Blue Line. There is also free parking at several lots at stations. Timetable and parking info

•The Gold Line runs to Union Station from both Pasadena and East Los Angeles. There are several free parking lots or garages along the route, as well as street parking and paid parking in downtown Pasadena. Timetable and parking info.

•Metrolink and Amtrak trains serve Union Station, with connections to the Red/Purple Line subway to reach downtown L.A. destinations. Metrolink schedules and Amtrak.com

A single ride on Metro Rail is $1.50 per single bus or train ride. If you don’t already have a reloadable TAP card, you will need to purchase one, available for $1 from TAP vending machines at all Metro Rail and Orange Line stations, in addition to El Monte Station. If you need to transfer, the best choice is a day pass for $5, also available at all ticket vending machines. Tip: don’t throw out your TAP card when done — you can use it in the future!

On the go and need rail and bus arrival/departure times from your current location? Try Metro’s app for smartphones. Android version and iPhone version

Go Metro and save at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

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The Hollywood Fringe Festival, an annual celebration of emerging performing arts and artists, takes place this year from June 12 to 29. Enjoy the newest drama, dance, art, comedy, cabaret and more in Hollywood’s theaters, clubs and other unexpected places. The festival includes nearly 300 shows in over 50 venues, many of which are easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail.

At heart, fringe festivals are about breaking the mold–something we also aspire to here at Metro (let’s face it, riding mass transit in car-obsessed L.A. is a pretty iconoclastic move). Go Metro to the Hollywood Fringe Fest and save $2 on your Fringe Button (normally $5). Wear your Fringe Button for discounts on festival tickets, and drinks, food or merchandise at participating “hotspot” businesses. Fringe Buttons can be purchased at Fringe Central, located at 6455 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Take Metro Bus 4 and get off at Santa Monica Boulevard/Wilcox Avenue.

To plan your best route to Fringe Fest events, use Google maps or the Trip Planner.

Go Metro to the L.A. Film Fest and save 10% on tickets

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Move over Cannes! The L.A. Film Fest returns this Wednesday, June 11 through Thursday, June 19 with film screenings taking place across Los Angeles.

This year, the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with nearly 200 features, shorts, and music videos from 40 countries. Enjoy premiers, outdoor screenings, conversations with industry insiders, and live music. Arrive via Metro Bus or Rail and save 10% on tickets with a special online promo code. (You’ll also be saving the $10 you would have spent on parking.)

While L.A. LIVE is the hub of the festival, screenings and other events will take place at various locations across the city.

Find your best route using Google maps or the Trip Planner. To browse L.A. Film Fest events, click here.

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