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!

Go Metro to UCLA football at the Rose Bowl

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The Bruins kick off their 2013 season on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Nevada at the Rose Bowl.

UCLA fans can take the Gold Line to the Memorial Park station in Old Pasadena. After exiting the station, turn right and walk two blocks east down Holly Street to the Parsons parking lot, where you can catch a free shuttle run by to the Rose Bowl — the buses leave from the Pasadena Avenue side of the lot.

Trains will be running every seven to 10 minutes throughout the afternoon and evening until 12:30. The last train from Memorial Park station back to Los Angeles and East Los Angeles leaves at 2:16 a.m. Sunday.

Gold Line timetable

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Parking at Union Station is $6. More information on parking at other Gold Line stations, is posted after the jump.

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Dodger Stadium Express warmed up and ready for action in baseball’s post-season

As we round third on August and head into the final month of baseball's regular season, some interesting news from Metro: the Dodger Stadium Express is sufficiently warmed up and ready to roll for the playoffs.

Of course, the buses aren't quite out of the barn yet. The Dodgers still must qualify for the post-season. As of Friday morning, they hold a seemingly comfortable 9.5-game lead over Arizona in the National League West and are given a nearly 100 percent chance of making the playoffs by Baseball Prospectus (see the above chart via MLB.com).

The Dodgers' magic number for cliniching the West stands at 21, meaning any combination of Los Angeles wins and Arizona losses adding up to 21 allows them to proceed to the Divisional Series in October. That translates to a likely clinching scenario in middish September and get this: the Dodgers play Arizona at home Sept. 9 to 11 and then host the Giants for four games from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15.

Interesting, at least if you're a Dodger fan.

I'm guessing the Dodgers will be attracting some huge crowds here on out. For those interested in taking the Doger Stadium Express, here are the basics:

•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.

Much more information here about connecting Metro and Metrolink service to Union Station, parking at Union Station and nearby dining.

We'll have plenty of updates as the baseball season concludes. Other teams likely headed for the playoffs include the Braves, Cardinals, Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Reds Sox and Tigers. Those teams have a lot of cumulative baseball history. In particular, a Reds-Dodgers playoff matchup would allow them to renew their 1970s rivalry in the NL West when the Reds claimed the division in 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976 and 1979 and the Dodgers got the division crown in 1974, 1977 and 1978. The Reds went to the World Series in 1970, '72, '75 and '76 and the Dodgers in '74, '77 and '78 with the Reds winning it all in '75 or '76. A good decade, it was.

 


Destination Discount: save on tickets to The Sunshine Boys at Ahmanson Theatre

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Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch bring on the laughs in the new production of Neil Simon’s classic play The Sunshine Boys, showing at Ahmanson Theatre September 24 to November 3. Tickets start at just $27!

Save on tickets (and parking) by going Metro. Metro riders will receive a 10% discount by visiting CenterTheatreGroup.org/Metro when purchasing tickets, and it’s the only way to save when buying individual tickets. The exclusive offer 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 Ahmanson Theatre, take the Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station or Metro Bus 10 to Temple/Grand.

Metrolink to make special stop at the L.A. County Fair

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Here's the news release from Metrolink:

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink will offer safe, affordable service directly to the L.A. County Fair beginning this weekend and continuing on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of September. Metrolink's San Bernardino Line trains will add a special stop at the Pomona Fairplex, while a free shuttle will transport passengers to the main entrance.

Metrolink riders with a monthly pass can ride all Metrolink trains at no additional cost on the weekends. Others can take advantage of the $10 Weekend Day Pass, which allows them to ride Metrolink trains either Saturday or Sunday for one low fare. Riders can transfer to and from other Metrolink lines, along with Metro rail and most buses with the $10 Weekend Day Pass.

This year the L.A. County Fair is offering all Metrolink riders a special $10 admission ticket on weekends. Regular weekend fair admission tickets for adults, ages 13 and over, is $19, children ages 6-12 is $12, while seniors, 60 and over is $15. Vehicle parking on weekends is an additional $15 or $30 for valet.

Fair goers are encouraged to “UNLEASH YOUR INNER FAIR!” by indulging in food galore and shopping, while enjoying the many entertainment acts and other attractions. The L.A. County Fair will also feature animal competitions, art exhibits, carnival games, the big Ferris wheel and much more.

Metrolink representatives will be staffing the Fairplex station during train service operations to assist passengers.

For details on Metrolink's L.A. County Fair schedule and promotion, please visit metrolinktrains.com/lacofair.

ABOUT METROLINK (www.metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 20th year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.