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.


Union Station turns 75: the video

More photos from Union Station’s 75th anniversary celebration

First wave of photos from Union Station’s birthday party

Video of Union Station’s big party: the dignitaries speak

Cool, new information tower debuts at Union Station

Union Station: forget private planes, private rail cars is the way to go

In the dead of the night, Union Station a popular location for music videos

Union Station: a star on big screen and small screen

Metro and The Academy release only known film of Union Station’s grand opening

Our first podcast: filming at Union Station over the years

Metro Motion celebrates beautiful Union Station’s 75th anniversary

Union Station: a grand opening

Union Station’s 75th: Seymour Rosen celebrates the opening

How Harvey House restaurants changed the West

Union Station: a man worthy of respect

Union Station: a star of big screen and small

Our first podcast: filming over the years at Union Station

Metro Board considers Union Station Master Plan that would add new concourse and relocate bus plaza 

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


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.

Go Metro to Pompeii: The Exhibit and save on tickets

A taste of what to expect! Photo via California Science Center Official Facebook

A taste of what to expect! Photo via California Science Center Official Facebook

Pompeii: The Exhibit is coming to the California Science Center! On loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, the exhibit will be on display from May 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015. View artifacts that show the opulent lifestyle and tragic end of this ancient Roman society, including Gladiator armor, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines — all set in their original surroundings. Also experience the catastrophic volcano eruption through an immersive CGI experience!

Go Metro to the California Science Center to see Pompeii and save $5 on adult combination tickets (the Pompeii exhibit and any IMAX movie), or $3 on adult tickets (exhibit only). To get there, take the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, or use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Timed tickets will be required to view the exhibit. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Metro announces new Union Station commemorative TAP cards as part of 75th anniversary celebration

tap cards

Metro will begin distributing new, commemorative TAP cards highlighting three beautiful views of Union Station to celebrate the iconic transportation hub’s 75th birthday. The new TAP cards will be issued starting on Friday afternoon. 

The Union Station 75th Anniversary Commemorative TAP Card will be available at TAP vending machines (TVMs) located within Union Station and cost $1 with the purchase of a Metro pass or Stored Value. 

The commemorative TAP cards come with three different views: a historic shot of the Union Station waiting room from 1939 (courtesy of the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation), a shot of the signature bell tower framed by palm trees and a close-up of the uniquely beautiful tile work that can be seen throughout the facility.

The commemorative TAP cards come in time for Union Station’s 75th Anniversary party that begins Saturday at 10 a.m.; click here for the schedule of events. Through the weekend, the cards will be loaded into many TVMs across the Metro Rail system. Within two weeks, commemorative TAP cards will be available at all Metro Rail stations. They will also be available on Metro buses within a month. Cards will be available while supplies last.


JazzMob hits the right notes at Union Station on Wednesday

Here are a few photos from the JazzMob that took place Wednesday afternoon at Union Station — coinciding with International Jazz Day. It was nice to hear some jazz gracing the station’s waiting room and hopefully spruced up rush hour for commuters.

The event was organized by the Jazz Education Network (JEN)Make Music Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch. All three organizations share a common mission of increasing awareness of music performance and education. 

Go Metro to the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival this Saturday


Check out this free green event in Old Pasadena! (image via City of Pasadena)


After celebrating Union Station’s 75th Anniversary, check out the 12th Annual Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival in Old Pasadena! Located at Memorial Park and the Armory for Center for Arts, this free event will have plenty food of entertainment for the whole family while educating everyone on the importance of going green. The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Be sure to show your TAP card at the transportation booth to receive a free reusable tote bag, perfect for carrying all the goodies you’ll be picking up. To get there, hop on the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.