Destination Discount: Save $1 on tickets at LALIFF with Metro

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) returns to Hollywood October 10 through 14 at the TCL Chinese Theatres. The five-day festival features award-winning films, documentaries, and short films by Latino filmmakers. Download the festival schedule and showtimes here.

Go Metro and save $1 on any screening ticket at LALIFF. Just present your valid TAP card at the box office.

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 TCL Chinese Theatres, take the Metro Red Line, Bus 212 or Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland Station. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro and Metrolink to Dodgers and Kings games tonight in downtown Los Angeles

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Here is the situation tonight in a nutshell: the Dodgers have a chance to clinch their National League Divisional Series against Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. There will easily be a 50,000-person-plus crowd.

Then, at 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Kings have their home opener against the New York Rangers — a game that almost certainly will attract a capacity crowd.

In other words, traffic may not be super delightful in and around downtown L.A. this afternoon and evening. There are transit alternatives.

The Blue and Expo Lines’ Pico station is on Flower Street between Pico and 12th Street. It is a five minute walk or less to Staples Center for Kings games. Blue Line timetable/map and Expo Line timetable/map.

The Dodger Stadium Express runs between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodger Stadium and is free to those holding game tickets. The details from the Dodger Stadium Express page on metro.net:

  • 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.
  • You’ll be dropped off inside Dodger Stadium behind Center Field. Service will run the same route in reverse after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.

As for fares, Metro charges $1.50 per individual bus or train line; there are no free transfers. A day pass for unlimited riding that day until 3 a.m. costs $5. Reloadable fare cards — called TAP cards — are available at all ticket machines at Metro Rail stations. The card costs $1. They can be used again, so don’t throw them out. Metro fare info here

Using Metrolink commuter rail? Only their San Bernardino Line has a late train leaving Union Station — at 11 p.m.

Go Metro to L.A. Kings season opener and Dodgers playoffs!

Above: the Kings practice in September at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, adjacent to the Green Line's Mariposa station. The above drill is harder than it looks. Trust me.

In two hours or so, the Dodgers kick off their National League divisional series at Atlanta while the Kings start their season against the Minnesota Wild.

Both teams come home at the start of next week. The Dodgers host the Braves for Game 3 on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Chavez Ravine with Game 4 on Monday (the time hasn't been announced yet). The Kings' home opener against the New York Rangers is Monday night at 7:30 p.m.

Both games are transit accessible. The Dodger Stadium Express provides free bus service for ticket holders between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodgers Stadium. And Staples Center is easy to reach via the Blue and Expo Lines' Pico station as well as the Silver Line bus.

Blue Line timetable and map

Expo Line timetable and map

Silver Line timetable and map

Timetables for all Metro bus and rail lines


Go Metro to ArtNight Pasadena and get free (or close to free) things in the process

ArtNight Pasadena is an evening filled with music, arts and entertainment at 17 of Pasadena’s most notable and iconic arts and cultural institutions on October 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Best of all, this entirely free event is easily accessible from the Metro Gold Line.

ArtNight Pasadena is also a Destination Discount, which means those who show their TAP card, Metro Employee ID or LA County employee ID will receive exclusive special offers at:

•  Armory Center for the Arts: 145 N. Raymond Avenue. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station. Receive a free catalogue, “Art through Pasadena.”

Boston Court: 70 North Mentor Avenue. Accessible via Lake Av Gold Line Station or Metro Bus lines 256 or 485 to Lake/Union. Get a $5 discount on any general admission ticket purchased through their website using the code METRO.

MUSE/IQUE: 750 East Green Street. Accessible via Metro Bus 485 to Lake/Green. Get 50% off tickets to their Uncorked series.

One Colorado: 24 East Union Street. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Line 256. Goorin Brothers Hats offers a 15% discount on all merchandise sold on ArtNight at their Pasadena location.

Pacific Asia Museum: 46 North Los Robles Avenue. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687 or 780 to Los Robles/Union or Los Robles/Colorado. Receive a 20% discount on museum memberships.

Pasadena Museum of California Art: 490 East Union Street. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687 or 780 to Los Robles/Union or Los Robles/Colorado. Get a free exhibition poster.

Pasadena Museum of History: 470 West Walnut Street. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687 or 780 to Los Robles/Walnut, Walnut/Garfield or Los Robles/Colorado. Receive one complimentary admission pass to return to the museum at a later date and tour the recently re-opened Fenyes Mansion

Side Street Projects: 730 North Fair Oaks Avenue. Accessible via the Del Mar Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 260 or 267 to Fair Oaks/Orange Grove. Get a free membership or receive 20% off an on-site class.

Remember that when using Metro Express Line 485, the fare may differ depending on where you catch it at. To plan your fun filled evening, use the Trip Planner on metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

Free Screening of Alfred Hitchcock Film at Metro’s Historic Los Angeles Union Station on Friday, Sept 20

alfred-hitchcock-presents-opening-creditsMetro and Echo Park Film Center will host a free public screening of a classically enthralling Alfred Hitchcock film at historic Union Station on Friday, Sept. 20. Don’t miss the chance to see a visually outstanding work by the brilliant master of suspense in the similarly dramatic setting of Union Station.

Film Screening Details:

Friday, September 20
Screening begins at 8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:00 p.m.)
Union Station North Patio
800 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The event is free to the public. Seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  Guests may bring chairs, blankets and picnics, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

RSVPs are recommended but not required. Email zellerh@metro.net.

Show your valid Metro TAP card at check-in for access to preferential seating. Feel like dinner and a movie? Show your valid Metro TAP card at Traxx Restaurant at Union Station and receive a 10% discount on your dinner bill. Guests are encouraged to make reservations at 213.625.1999 or www.urbanspoon.com.

The public film screening continues Metro’s newly launched program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic Union Station. Past events featured a screening of the film Chinatown and a performance by G.G. NineNet, a nine-piece jazz band.

“We’re excited to partner with Echo Park Film Center to screen a deliciously thrilling Hitchcock film,” said Maya Emsden, Metro Deputy Executive Officer, Creative Services. “Our plan with this new series is to temporarily embellish the varied spaces of Union Station in new ways so people have the chance to keep rediscovering this special LA place.”

Can you guess which film will be screened? Comment below!

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

Go Metro to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Plaza Mexico

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, September 15 at Plaza Mexico. The free event features performances by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Los Aktivos, Muzik Junkeez, a re-enactment of the Battle of Puebla and much more! The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A civic ceremony featuring the Mexican Consul General of Los Angeles will take place at 8 p.m.

Go Metro and save at Cafe Canela and La Huasteca, both located within Plaza Mexico. Just show your valid TAP card to your server at either cafe to get 15% off your bill. The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to Plaza Mexico, take the Metro Green Line to Long Beach Blvd. Station or Metro Bus 120 or 612 to Imperial/State. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Metro and USC encourage fans to take Expo Line to Saturday’s game against Washington State

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas salutes the USC band at this morning's event.

After the Trojans' win over Hawaii in their opener this past weekend, USC is ranked 22nd and 25th in the AP and USA Today polls, respectively. Their game Saturday night against Washington State is a chance to continue their momentum.

The news release from Metro:

With an anticipated 90,000 football fans expected to attend USC’s first home game of the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7, against Washington State, officials of the university and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today joined with the Spirit of Troy band to urge fans to ride Metro’s Expo Line to all home games.

At a campus news conference held at Pardee Plaza, directly adjacent to the Expo Park station, participants reminded fans the Metro Rail route scored big when it debuted in 2012.

“Last year we launched enhanced service to the Coliseum and moved about 8,000 Trojans fans to each of the six home games. That represents about 4,000 vehicles removed from the streets for each game,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy. “We’re putting on extra train cars and bus service to make sure fans get to the Coliseum and home safely and conveniently.”

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How students benefit from taking transit to school

JP is one of many students who rely on Metro to travel to school and around the region. Photos by Cris Liban/Metro.

JP is one of many students who rely on Metro to travel to school and around the region. Photos by Cris Liban/Metro.

Although Metro has programs to help parents and kids as they head back to school, many parents often still feel intimidated by the prospect of sending their kids off to class via transit.

With that in mind, Metro Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Compliance Services and transit experienced dad Cris Liban offers his point of view on why kids and transit go hand in hand:

I contemplated for a little while on this article and have come to the conclusion that I needed to write it. It was a request from a colleague, Jody Litvak, whose kids grew up using transit. Jody’s three part post from a couple of years ago has a lot of great tips on getting students to school on transit.

Well, it is back-to-school time again, an appropriate time to reflect on what Metro can do for your children. I ride transit every day, and the significance of Jody’s request didn’t really dawn on me until I started looking around.

What seems to be innocuous to me has to be highlighted for others. I happen to live two blocks from a transit stop. My son JP attends a school that is only two transit stops away and transit has been one of my family’s choices to take him to school. We live in Los Angeles and it is almost always sunny and fun to walk, bike and use transit.

As the environmental guy for Metro and with all of these great things going for me, I cannot help but sound biased. But I’m not. I am not going to convince you to get your kids and yourself out of your car and switch to transit. I will, however, try to provide you with information that will encourage you to try this great system we are expanding.

As I wondered what my point of view would be able to offer, I thought hard about my experiences riding transit with my 12-year old son: the countless hours we spent – sometimes with my wife – going to different places around the city.

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Celebrate the grand opening of the Blue Line Farmers’ Market this evening

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Fresh produce can be difficult to come by in many areas served by the Metro Blue Line. The new Blue Line Farmers’ Market addresses this issue by bringing the finest in California grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, gourmet specialty foods, handmade crafts and more to the MLK Transit Center Village once a week.

The Blue Line Farmers’ Market will take place every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. Swing by this evening for their grand opening celebration!

Go Metro and save 10% on your purchase. Just show your valid TAP card to any market vendor to receive the discount.

To get to the Blue Line Farmers’ Market, take the Blue Line to Compton Station or Metro Bus 202 to Willowbrook/Compton. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Destination Discount: save 10% at The Federal Bar in Long Beach

I'm partial to a good brunch myself. Photo: The Federal Bar LB Official Facebook

I’m partial to a good brunch myself. Photo: The Federal Bar LB Official Facebook

Whether you’re in the mood for brunch, lunch or dinner, The Federal Bar in Long Beach has got you covered. And just like their other branch in NoHo, this Federal Bar is also offering Metro riders a special discount.

After dining, show your valid TAP card to your server to get 10% off on all food. The exclusive discountis part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. 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 Federal Bar, take the Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station and just walk across the street!