Photos of the Dodger Stadium Express in action today


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Photos by Luis Inzunza and Anna Chen/Metro

Here are a few photos of the Dodger Stadium Express ferrying fans to the Dodgers opening day game, which they won 4 to 0 over the Dodgers. The Express will be back in action for Tuesday night’s 7:10 p.m. game with the Giants; all the info you need about the free shuttle is here.

If you’re not already jacked for the next CicLAvia, perhaps this new video will help

Good new video from the folks at CicLAvia. Reminder: the next event is Sunday, April 21, with a big-time new route, extending from downtown Los Angeles to Venice using mostly Venice Boulevard. It will be a great way to bike between the beach and downtown without having to dodge the usual heavy car traffic.

It’s going to be a big weekend transit-wise with the Festival of Books at USC and the Long Beach Grand Prix also taking place. We’ll be posting more this month about the best way for everyone to get around the region.

Here’s the route map:

Click above to see larger.

Click above to see larger.

Dodger Stadium Express warming up and ready to play for today’s Opening Day against San Francisco Giants

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If you’re headed to opening day, here’s the map for the Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Los Angeles Union Station to the ballpark. It’s a free service for those holding tickets to today’s game at 1:10 p.m. against the Giants.

More info:

•Board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.

•Service leaves Union Station every 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.

Metro ExpressLanes

Driving to Union Station to connect with the Dodger Stadium Express? Beat traffic on the 10 and 110 freeways with Metro ExpressLanes. They’re toll-free for carpools, vanpools and motorcycles; solo drivers can use them too, by paying a toll. All users except motorcycles need a Fastrak® transponder. Learn more at metroexpresslanes.net.

Parking at Union Station?

Pay for parking before returning to your car. Use the automated machines located in the elevator lobbies of P1, P2 and P3.

Zip Car now available at Los Angeles Union Station

Here’s the announcement from Metro:

Zip Car, the Nation’s largest car sharing service, is now available at Los Angeles Union Station! There are currently 4 cars on site; 2 are located in Lot B at the front of the station and 2 are near the Mozaic Apartments. For a nominal fee, users have access to a vehicle, gas, insurance and up to 180 miles per day.  Zip Car is available for rent by the hour or on a daily basis if needed.  The recent merger of Zip Car with Avis Rental Cars ensures that supply will be able to meet the growing demand for this flexible transportation service that can support your transit commute. To register or to learn more about Zip Car, please visit zipcar.com.

Metro offers Dodger Stadium Express from Union Station to ballpark for 2013 regular season

Photo by Juan Ocampo/Metro

From left, Metro CEO Art Leahy, Steve Veres of the MSRC, Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich, Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten and Metrolink CEO Mike DePallo. Photo by Juan Ocampo/Metro

There was a press event at Union Station this morning to promote the service, which returns for another season — and it should definitely be an interesting season, given the Dodgers’ off-season spending spree.

Here’s the news release from Metro:

​For the fourth year in a row, Metro will again offer Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Dodger Stadium beginning on Friday, March 29 for the Dodgers/Angels exhibition game and throughout the 2013 regular season under a grant approved by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). The Dodgers’ 2013 season kicks off on Opening Day against the San Francisco Giants on Monday, April 1.

“Improving air quality and reducing congestion on our roads and highways, our Express bus service provides fans from across the county with a convenient, safe and low-cost way to attend a Dodger game without having to fight traffic or spend money on gas,” said Metro Board Chair and LA County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, a South Coast Air Quality Management District representative on the MSRC. “It’s a big win for Dodger fans and a homerun for our region.”

​A two-year grant of over $1.1 million ($1,1169,000) awarded to Metro by the MSRC will fund the operation of the Dodger Stadium Express service for both the 2013 and 2014 Dodgers baseball seasons. The funding is made in support of clean fuel transit service to link Union Station to Dodger Stadium. The MSRC awards funding within the South Coast Air Basin from a portion of the vehicle registration fee set aside for mobile source projects that result in emission reductions.

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Metro to run expanded service on Gold Line for Masquerade Motel

Going to Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Motel? The music festival will take place March 8 and 9 at the L.A. State Historic Park, which is conveniently served by the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station. The park is also just a short walk from Union Station.

Your Masquerade Motel ticket or printed ticket receipt gets you a free ride to and from the festival on Metro Bus and Rail. Take advantage of this deal to avoid the congestion and serious lack of parking in Chinatown. This is especially true for those attending on Friday, who will have to deal with the usual Friday evening rush hour traffic of those leaving DTLA offices.

Metro will be running expanded service on the Gold Line during the festival to accommodate crowds. And with Metro Rail open late on Friday and Saturday nights, getting home after the show should be no problem.

Here’s Live Nation’s monster news release on how to get there:

Go Metro to Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Motel L.A. concert by sourcemetro

Go Metro to LA Times Travel Show and save $3 on tickets

Photo from LA Times Travel Show Official Facebook

Photo from LA Times Travel Show Official Facebook

Don’t miss L.A.’s biggest and best travel event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The L.A. Times Travel Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. both days. Attendees will be able to get travel tips, learn about exciting destinations, enter in trip giveaways and more.

Go Metro and receive a $3 discount on general admission. Present a valid TAP card or L.A.County employee ID at the box office the day of the event to get the discount.

The L.A. Convention Center can be reached from Pico Station off the Metro Blue or Expo lines, as well as by the Metro Silver Line and numerous other Metro buses. For more route options and connections, use Trip Planner.

Sweet(heart) Metro deals for Valentine’s Day

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Thursday, February 14 – or Valentine’s Day, for those who observe it – is fast approaching. Whether you’re celebrating with a special someone or just want to take advantage of V-day deals with a friend, you won’t want to miss these exclusive Metro discounts.

Those traveling through Union Station on the morning of Valentine’s Day will get the chance to see Harlem Globetrotters “Tiny” Sturgess and “Flight Time” Lang. The duo will be in the East Portal on Thursday to greet morning commuters with roses and other surprises. If you can’t make it, catch them at the Staples Center on February 17. Go Metro and get $5 off on tickets, just show your TAP card at the box office or use the code METRO when purchasing online.

Select performances of Backbeat at the Ahmanson Theatre from February 14 – 17 are just $49 or $59. Buy tickets online or call 213.972.4400 and use the code LOVE METRO to get the special prices. Subject to availability. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 10 to Temple/Grand)

Buy tickets online to the February 14 performance of Jekyll & Hyde at the Pantages and get a free pre-show dinner at Lexington Social House. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station, Metro Bus 217 or 780 to Argyle/Hollywood)

Mention V-Day at Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Valentine’s Day and get a special two-person package for $35. The package includes 2 tickets to Madame Tussauds Hollywood and 1 special couples wax hand. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 217 or 222 to Hollywood/Orange)

Stop by the See’s Candies kiosk at Union Station and get 10% off any of their candy selections. Offer valid from Sunday, February 10 to Thursday, February 14. (Union Station)

For more Valentine’s Day date ideas that won’t leave you skint, check out this list of Metro V-day specials. Just present your valid TAP card to receive some sweet deals.

Go Metro to the Chinese New Year Festival and the Firecracker 10k

My free gift from last year's Chinese New Year Festival. Wonder what I'll get this year!

My free gift from last year’s Chinese New Year Festival. Wonder what I’ll get this year!

For firecrackers, great food and fun cultural performances, head over to Chinatown this Lunar New Year.

The Chinese New Year Festival will take place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Central Plaza. In honor of the Year of the Snake, festival goers will have the chance to participate in a record-breaking attempt to fold 800,000 pieces of paper to make a giant snake structure, which will be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for evaluation. There also will be plenty of food, drinks and live entertainment.

Go Metro to receive a free gift while supplies last. To claim a gift, simply present a valid TAP card or L.A. County employee ID at the Chinatown BID info booth located in Central Plaza.

The Golden Dragon Parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. The parade will feature floats, marching bands, various dignitaries and more. Both events are free to attend.

The following weekend, Feb. 23 and 24, is the L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 5k/10k Run, Walk, Kiddie Run and Bike Ride. The bike ride will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday while the runners will take to the streets starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Metro riders can get $3 off the race registration fee when they sign up online using the promotional code GOMETRO13. Registered participants who show their valid TAP card or L.A. County employee ID at the run will receive free bag check-in service.

The free Nite n’ Day Festival will take place the same weekend. It will feature music, food and cultural entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 and 8:15 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 24.

All of these events are easily reached from the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station. It’s the best option when it comes to avoiding traffic from street closures and dealing with limited parking spaces. For more route options, use Trip Planner.

Metro to run more Gold Line trains every six minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends beginning Jan. 27

The Gold Line adjacent to Los Angeles State Historic Park on a recent afternoon. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

The Gold Line adjacent to Los Angeles State Historic Park on a recent afternoon. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Gold Line trains currently run every 12 minutes during the day on weekends so this is a big-time improvement. Here’s the news release from Metro:

Beginning Sunday, January 27, Metro will operate more frequent service along the Metro Gold Line, improving train service from every 12 minutes to every 6 minutes on Saturday and Sundays from approximately 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Patrons using the Metro Gold Line, operating between East Los Angeles and Pasadena via downtown Los Angeles, can now enjoy more frequent service on the weekends with less waiting time between Gold Line trains.

The enhanced Gold Line service will encourage patrons to enjoy Old Town Pasadena, Chinatown, Little Tokyo and East LA over the weekend, making better and faster connections.

New timetables are now available on board trains. Plan your weekend on the Metro Gold Line by using Metro’s Trip Planner.

This isn’t hugely surprising, given the surge in ridership on the Gold Line in the past two years — which was helped by increasing the frequency of trains during weekday peak hours in June 2011.

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