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

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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.

   

Go Metro Weekends, April 25 − 27

Friday

If you’re attending Lebowski Fest this evening, there’s no easier way to get to the Wiltern Theatre than Metro, dude. (Metro Purple Line, Metro Rapid 720 or Bus 20 to Wilshire/Western Station.)

Saturday

Long Beach’s Green Prize Festival takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Bixby Park. Enjoy ocean views and presentations by urban farmers, green chefs, artists, and environmental organizations. The free event also features food trucks, live entertainment, no-charge bike valet, green vendors, children’s activities, and more!

Show your valid TAP card to the cashier at the LadyFarmer by Savory|Sweet|Eclectic and save $1 on your Farm to Fork Lunch. (Metro Blue Line to 1st Street Station, then walk east on 1st St to Bixby Park, or hop aboard the free festival trolley.)

From the City of Lights to the City of Angels, singer/songwriter and former first lady of France Carla Bruni is performing at Cal State LA’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex this Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35-$50, or $20 for students. Take 20% off admission with Metro’s exclusive destination discount. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA.)

The “Noir Nights” film series, brought to you by Vintage LA, Grand Central Market, and Million Dollar Theatre, kicks off this Saturday with Touch of Evil. Catch this iconic film in the equally iconic Million Dollar Theatre at 8 p.m. for $11.34. Grand Central Market will stay open late, from 6 to 8 p.m., for those who want to grab dinner beforehand. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

Sunday

Fiesta Broadway takes over Grand Park and Downtown L.A. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday with free music, food, and family fun in honor of Cinco de Mayo! With street closures and bus detours in abundance, your best bet–whether attending the fiesta or traveling through the area–is Metro Rail. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Celebrate L.A. and Southern California’s history at LA Heritage Day this Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Free tours, children’s activities, presentations, giveaways, and food are planned. Show your valid TAP card at the LA Heritage booth and receive a free gift bag. (Metro Gold Line, Silver Line, or various Metro Rapid and local buses to Union Station.)

All Weekend

The Annenberg Community Beach House is celebrating its 5th anniversary this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a full roster of activities, including yoga on the beach, dance and paddle board classes, pool time, picnicking and more. (Big Blue Bus 4 to 4th/Marguerita then walk west on Marguerita Avenue, or Metro Rapid 720 to Ocean/Wilshire then walk north on Ocean Avenue.)

Little Tokyo is also celebrating an anniversary this week–its 130th–with the Taste of Little Tokyo starting this Saturday. Present your valid TAP at various Little Tokyo business and cultural institutions for a host of different discounts especially for Metro riders. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Go Metro to Artisanal LA at LA Mart this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and receive a free tote bag with your valid TAP card! General admission is $12. (Metro Blue Line to Grand Station.)

The L.A. Brewery is hosting its free bi-annual art walk from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day this weekend. Formerly a home to PBR, the Brewery is now one of the largest art colonies in the United States. (Metro Rapid 751 or Bus 251 to Main/Daly, then walk north to Main/Avenue 20, or Metro Bus 76 or DASH Lincoln Heights to Main/Avenue 20.)

Go Metro Weekends, April 18 – 20

Hello again! Here are some events over Easter weekend that should keep your pockets and weekends full!

Friday

For all of you “old school” music lovers out there, hit up the Art Laboe Block Party at The Forum! Join the likes of Evelyn “Champagne” King, ZAPP and Sugar Hill Gang. Doors open at 7:30 p.m and tickets are still on sale. Prices vary. (Metro Bus 115 or 212 to Manchester/Prairie)

Saturday

If you have a pet that you really care about, bring him or her to the Blessing of the Animals at Pueblo De Los Angeles. It’s free, with ceremonies starting at noon. Reminder: pets are only allowed to board Metro in a secured carrier. (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station, several Metro buses to Union Station including lines 40, 704, 733 and Metro Silver Line)

If you missed out on Coachella, use the money saved for Brokechella! Created specifically for those on a slimmer budget, this DTLA music and art showcase features some of the hottest up and coming artists in Los Angeles and beyond. Gates open at 3 p.m., with tickets ranging from $20 – $25. (Metro Bus 18 to 6th/Mateo then walk north along 6th Street to Santa Fe, or Metro Bus 60 to 7th/Santa Fe)

Sunday

Have any Easter plans? Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for a special Easter Breakfest at 8:30 a.m. Ticket prices vary. If you’d like to visit the rest of the aquarium afterwards or on any other day, use your TAP card to get a discount on admission!  (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then use free Passport bus to Aquarium entrance)

Afterwards, head to Duff’s Cakemix for some Easter cupcake decorating! Bring the kids along for some family fun. The event starts at 3 p.m., tickets are $25. (Metro Bus 217 to Fairfax/Melrose then walk 1/2 mile west along Melrose Avenue)

All Weekend

Enjoy some night shopping at the K-TOWN Night Market this weekend! The event takes place at the RFK Community Schools and starts Friday from 4 p.m to midnight and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free. Don’t forget to get your FREE drink when you show you TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station, Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie Station)

Go Metro Weekends, April 11 − 13

Folks heading towards Festival of Books

The Expo Line is going to see a lot of action this weekend – make sure to load your TAP card before starting your trip to avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines!

Another week done, another exciting addition of Go Metro Weekends awaits! But before we get to it, just another reminder that Patsaouras Plaza will be closed this weekend, so plan ahead if you’re making connections at Union Station–buses will be picking up at Cesar Chavez/Alameda. And a second reminder: due to many popular, Metro-accessible events taking place this weekend, we recommend you load your TAP card with cash fare/passes before starting your trip!

Friday

Reward yourself for getting through the week with the best comfort food there is: a big bowl of ramen from any of Little Tokyo’s many great noodle joints. Then amble over to the nearby Blue Whale Live Jazz + Art Space on 2nd/Los Angeles, where you can further relax with a live jazz performance. Tonight’s show starts at 9 p.m. and features jazz trio The North. Tickets are $15 at the door, must be 21+. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Saturday

If you’re attending the free K-Pop Festival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum today, there’s no question: Metro Expo Line is the way to go. (Metro Expo Line to Expo/Vermont or Expo Park/USC stations.)

Also off the Metro Expo Line: L.A. sports! It’s a double header at the Staples Center this Saturday. The Clippers take on the Sacramento Kings at 12:30 p.m., and our own L.A. Kings face the Ducks at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. As always, score 10% off official merch at the Clippers and Kings team stores with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Composer and producer Karsh Kale presents Classical Science Fiction, a new groundbreaking work of classical Indian fusion and electronica at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at 8 p.m. Metro riders save 20% on tickets. Pre-discount prices are $30-40 for adults, and $20 for students with ID. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA.)

Sunday

Catch two Angel City Derby Girls matinee games starting at 1 p.m. at the Culver City Veterans Auditorium, and get $5 off your ticket by showing your TAP card. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station and then walk west on Culver Blvd, or catch any Culver Blvd or Venice Blvd bus west to Overland Ave.)

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Go Metro Weekends, April 4 – 6


Friday

It’s Friday…so treat yourself to something sweet at Sweet Town! Try traditional Chinese sweet soups, contemporary sorbet and gelato desserts, fruity smoothies and all kinds of boba drinks. Best of all, get 10% off your bill with your TAP card. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 81 or 96 to Hill/Alpine)

Saturday

Taco lovers, here we go! Grand Park hosts Taco Madness from noon to sunset. The free event features music, live art and of course, TACOS. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, various buses stopping on Hill, Broadway and Spring)

Sunday

Thai Town USA hosts Thai New Year Festival this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be food, music and other cultural performances. Make sure to get your fill of sticky mango rice! The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Western Station, Metro Bus 207 to Western/Hollywood)

Don’t forget to leave your cars at home for CicLAvia! Here’s the previous post on bus detours and rail service. And here’s how to save on official CicLAvia T-shirts with your TAP card.

All Weekend

Drop by the Chinese American Museum to check out L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments. Could be a real eye-opener for Siracha fans! Plus, you can save 10% at the museum store with your TAP card. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Suggested admission is $3 for adults. (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station)

See A Song at Twilight at the Pasadena Playhouse. There are performances at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $50, and Metro riders can save 20% on admission. (Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Madison)

Go Metro Weekends, March 28 − 30

Attend the Downtown Book Fest in the lovely Grand Park this Saturday (image via Creative Commons).

Attend the Downtown Book Fest in the lovely Grand Park this Saturday (image via Creative Commons).

Welcome to the latest edition of Go Metro Weekends!

Buses and trains are for so much more than your weekday commute. This Friday-Sunday, let Metro take you beyond your workday routine to fun, informative, and inspiring events across the City of Angels. Here are a few ideas to get you going.

Friday

Kick off the weekend with Amoeba Record’s free, live DJ series: Rotations. This Friday, DJ Paul V (of Dragstrip 66 and Indie 103.1 fame) guest spins starting at 8 p.m. Browse or shop to your heart’s content and save $3 off purchases over $5 with your TAP card. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station, Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Vine, Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Ivar.)

Saturday

Calling all bookworms: the Grand Park Book Fest takes place this Saturday from 12-5 p.m.! The event is free to attend, and with valid TAP card, save 10% on purchases at the Writ Large pop-up shop (representing local authors and presses including Red Hen Press) or The Library Store on Wheels. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or numerous Metro buses stopping at the park on Grand, Hill, Broadway and Spring.)

Audrey and Agent Cooper put their heads together in Twin Peaks.

Remember Source Readers: “The owls are not what they seem…” (image via Creative commons)

Starting at 12:15 p.m., the Paley Center for Media presents a marathon screening of David Lynch’s cult-favorite series Twin Peaks. The screening is free with price of admission. (Metro Rapid 704, Metro Bus 4 or 14/37 to Santa Monica/Canon, Metro Bus 16/316 to S. Santa Monica/Canon, or Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Beverly and walk northwest about 8 minutes to destination.)

Cheer on the L.A. Kings as they face off against the Winnipeg Jets at the Staples Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary, but all Metro riders save 10% on official merchandise at the team store. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Sunday

Long Beach’s first-ever Restaurant Week begins this Sunday and runs through Saturday, April 5. For a list of participating venues, prices, and hours, visit the Eat LBC website. (Metro Blue Line to various Downtown Long Beach stations.)

All Weekend

Get experimental at LACMA this Friday and Saturday with The Least Important Things, Emily Mast’s procession of theatrical vignettes based on the work of Spanish Poet Joan Brossa. The performances unfold throughout LACMA’s campus and are free if you pick up a timed ticket an hour before the show. Then, if you haven’t already, check out the much-lauded James Turrell Retrospective before it leaves L.A. in just two weeks! LACMA is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (Metro Rapid 720, Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Fairfax, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 217 to Fairfax/Wilshire.)

Rock out with Neil Young at the Dolby Theater this Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780, Metro Bus 212/312, 156/656, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Highland.)

Go Metrolink to Angels versus Dodgers this weekend

Metrolink passengers, of course, can take the Dodger Stadium Express bus from Union Station to Dodger Stadium, meaning no hassles with parking.

The Dodgers are actually 2-0 already this season but return home from Australia for a pair of exhibition games against the Angels before resuming their regular season next Sunday night at San Diego. I know. Weird way for Major League Baseball to treat the fans that support the Dodgers and Diamondbacks on a regular basis.

In any event, there is extra Metrolink service to the Angels games this week, which usually draw big crowds. At the media event for the Dodger Stadium Express earlier, Dodgers officials said they’ve already sold three million tickets for the upcoming season. Big crowds mean big traffic in the stadium parking lot.

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