Reminder: West Valley bike ride tomorrow a.m.; good Carmageddon counter-programming

 “This ride is welcomed by Metro’s Media Relations, and Metro’s Bike Program whose mission is to make bicycling

more viable in L. A. County.  Since Metro is asking people not to drive, it is a perfect opportunity to bike instead!”


The West Valley Ride

Lead By:  Jesse Fuller and Matt Weintraub

Saturday, September 29, 2012

9:30 am until 12:30 pm

Metro Orange Line Chatsworth Station

San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA 

Route 1 – 12.5 miles along Orange Line Bike Path (beginning-intermediate):

Route 2 – 34 miles showing off some of the new bike lanes

in the West Valley (intermediate-advanced):

We leave Chatsworth Station at 10am.

We will be visiting the Japanese Gardens at Balboa Park by 12noon

(free admission for riders I hear).

Facebook Event Page:

If there is any further information you need about the ride, please let me know.

Jesse Fuller |  |  (818) 264-4647


Go Metro Weekends, Carmageddon II style


Here we go, folks. Carmageddon II is hours away, and if you’re adamant about not staying home all weekend, sipping cold drinks by the pool, go Metro to check out these fine Destination Discounts locations that are offering extra special deals just for this weekend.

Buca di Beppo at Universal City Walk is offering 20% off meals if you show the Metro-exclusive coupon. Enjoy great Italian food and do some shopping while you’re in the area. (Red Line or Metro Rapid 750 to Universal City Station, transfer to free shuttle)

In Hollywood, IRIS from Cirque du Soleil is offering certain tickets for just $40.50 if you reference code METROB at the box office. After the show, pop by Madame Tussauds and get 40.5% off admission if you mention “Carmageddon” at the box office. Schmooze with the crème de la crème of wax celebrities. (Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 217 to Hollywood/Highland)

The downtown LA location of Qdoba Mexican Grill will give you 15% off your bill this weekend if you show your TAP card. Have a burrito or two…or three! (Red, Purple, Blue or Expo Line to 7th/Metro)

Present your TAP card at the box office and save 50% off adult admission at the Natural History Museum. Visit the recently opened Spider Pavilion if you feel like getting touchy feely with some creepy crawlies. Adult tickets are $3 and the discount does not apply at the Pavilion. (Expo Line to Expo Park/USC, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/State)

If none of the Carmageddon discounts strike your fancy, there are plenty of other ongoing discounts you can take advantage of by going Metro, like the LA Zoo (Metro Bus 96 to Zoo/Western Heritage).

Getting around Carmageddon — how to reach this weekend's events on transit

One big difference between Carmageddon II and the original: there are several big events around town this weekend that were scheduled before the 405 closure was on the docket.

I know there will be the temptation to drive to the events. But we also remind you that all the following events are accessible via Metro buses, trains or other shuttles.

The Metro Rail and busway map is above. And here’s a map of the entire Metro system. Single rides are $1.50 and day passes $5. In order to board Metro trains, you will need to purchase a Metro TAP card at a ticket machine — it costs $1 — and then load either single fares ($1.50), day pass ($5) or a variety of cash amounts on the card. The cards are reloadable and last for three years.

Don Giovanni at the Los Angeles Opera at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Friday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. The Red and Purple Line subway Civic Center station is one block from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — and a nice stroll through the new Grand Park. Plus you get points for taking the subway to the opera.

Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles, Sunday morning, Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles. The Expo Line’s Culver City Station is adjacent to the Venice Boulevard section of the bike route. The running race part of the course in downtown Los Angeles is easy to reach via the Red/Purple Line subway, the Expo Line and Blue Line.

West Hollywood Book Fair, Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. From the fair’s website:

Complimentary shuttles will run between Plummer Park and the West Hollywood Library from 9:30a-6:30p
Shuttles will depart every 15 minutes and will pickup or drop off at all MTA stops along Santa Monica Blvd between Plummer Park and San Vicente.

Please be aware of the continuous construction and closures on various Los Angeles freeways and the surrounding areas during this time and allow extra commuting time. Thank you.

Plummer Park can be reached from the 4 or 704 buses that run along Santa Monica Boule vard between downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. The 4/704 also stops at the Red Line subway’s Vermont/Santa Monica station. Here’s the timetable for the 4 and for the 704.

Los Angeles Dodgers versus Rockies, Friday 7:10 p.m., Saturday 6:10 p.m. and Sunday 1:10 p.m. The Dodger Stadium Express shuttle runs between Union Station and the stadium and is free to those holding tickets to the game. All the details are here. Union Station is easy to reach via Metrolink, the Red/Purple Line subway, the Gold Line and Silver Line.

The Go-Gos (Saturday night) and Wilco (Sunday night), Hollywood Bowl. The Bowl offers park-and-ride shuttles from locations across Los Angeles County, including Westwood, Santa Monica, Westchester and Culver City on the Westside. Here’s info on the shuttles and departure times for the Go-Gos and here’s the info for the Wilco show. The Red Line station at Hollywood/Highland is about a .9-mile wlk to the Bowl. The Hollywood Bowl shuttle also serves the Hollywood/Highland Station and the Universal City station.

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 21 to 23

Autumn Lights at Pershing Square. Photo by johnwilliamsphd via Flickr

Fans of 3D movies won’t want to miss the 3D Film Festival taking place all weekend at L.A. LIVE. The event celebrates 3D filmmakers and content creators from around the world. Catch the 3DFF Horror Show Double Feature on Friday night at Regal Cinemas. Piranha 3DD shows at 10 p.m. and Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation begins at 12 a.m. With Metro running late on weekends, you’ll have plenty of time to catch your bus or train after the gore-fest. Tickets for single movies are $10, show your TAP card at the box office and get 50% off admission. Single-day passes and general admission badges for the whole weekend are also available. (Expo or Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/11th)

Plenty of football is happening this Saturday. After their devastating loss to Stanford last week, USC takes on Cal at the Coliseum at 3 p.m. and undefeated UCLA goes head to head with Oregon State at the Rose Bowl at 12:30 p.m. Metro will be running enhanced service on the Gold Line to accommodate fans going to either game (or both!). Extra service will also be added to the other rail lines. To avoid waiting in long post-game lines at the ticket machines, get a day pass or load up your TAP with cash before heading out. Free shuttles to the Rose Bowl are a short walk from the Memorial Park Station and the Coliseum is well served by the Expo Line.

With the weather cooling off slightly, it’s time to start thinking about autumn, and Autumn Lights LA is a great place to start. Local and international artists will show off their light installations at Pershing Square on Saturday. Go and enjoy live music, interactive blacklight live painting, photo booths and more. The event lights up at 6 p.m. and is open to all. (Red or Purple line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 14 to Olive/5th)

Swing by University High School for ZAMFEST on Sunday. Plenty of kid friendly activities will be offered, so go have fun and get creative. General admission tickets are $8, children 3 and under are free. ZAMFEST lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Santa Monica BBB 2 to Westgate Nb/Texas Ns, check Trip Planner for connections)

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 14 – 16


Celebrate bicycles at Tour de Fat! From Tour de Fat Official Facebook page

Start the weekend with some laughter at the Orpheum Theatre. Aziz Ansari, star of TV show Parks and Recreation, will be there to tickle your funny bone. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $25 – $45. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, walk four blocks south on Broadway, Metro Bus 30 or 40 to Broadway/8th)

On Saturday, give up driving for riding at the L.A. stop of Tour de Fat. The bicycle celebration takes place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes live performances, a bike parade, food, general merriment and good times. It’s free to attend, but you do need to register if you want to participate in the bike parade. Bikes are allowed on all Metro buses and trains, so if it’s a little far for you to bike all the way to the park, let Metro get you part way there. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 76 to Chinatown Station)

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. Over 200 vendors will be on site for all comic book, pop culture and gaming enthusiasts. Go meet Felicia Day, Norman Reedus and other celebrities, or participate in the zombie apocalypse (finally, all my training will pay off!) Tickets are required for the zombie apocalypse and start at $30. A one-day pass to the expo starts at $20. Comikaze goes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 30 or 81 to Figueroa/Pico)

On Sunday, take the family to the Japanese American National Museum and enjoy Umai 2012. Nine participating restaurants, including Torihei and Meiji Tofu, will be serving up delicious dishes, and the event includes entertainment for all. Tickets for adults are $25 online and $30 at the door. Entry also includes vouchers for all nine restaurants as well as admission to the museum. (Metro Bus 30 or 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st, Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 7 – 9


Apple pie! Get a taste at the Good Food Pie Contest at LACMA this weekend. Photo by Melanie Lukesh via Flickr

This Friday, go Greek at the L.A. Greek Fest. The festival lasts all weekend at the Saint Sophia Cathedral, but everyone gets in free on Friday evening (5 – 11 p.m.). Adult admission is $3 on Saturday (1 – 11 p.m.) and Sunday (12 – 10 p.m.), go Metro and get a discount. There will be music, dancing, shows, games and of course food! And don’t miss celebrity guests Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. (Metro Bus 30 to Normandie/Pico or Metro Rapid 733 to Normandie/Venice)

Visit the land of Oz on Saturday in Culver City. The Helms Bakery Sunset Cinema series continues with The Wizard of Oz, screening for free on Helms Walk. The movie starts around 7:15 p.m. and there are plenty of restaurants nearby (like Father’s Office!) so you can dine before or after the film. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station or Metro Bus 33 to Venice/Helms)

Lovers of pie, get thee to LACMA this Saturday for the Good Food Pie Contest. The event lasts from 2 to 4 p.m. and will serve up pies from five categories, one of which is Metropolis II (pies inspired by an art installation? I can’t wait!). The event is free to attend. If you want a taste of pie, get there early – you can get a free pie tasting ticket from the KCRW welcome table in Hancock Park just north of the Ahmanson Building, but tickets are limited to number of pie entries and are first come first served. Oh, and if you wear an apron to the event, you’ll get free admission to the LACMA galleries. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Ogden)

If you’re in the West L.A.area anyway, you might want to check out Flash Festival at The Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits. Chalk Repertory Theatre will be performing site-specific, 10-minute plays starts at 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Shows are technically free, but there is a $15 suggested donation and reservations are highly recommended. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Curson)

About 8,000 people rode Expo Line to USC game on Saturday

Fans en route to the USC game on Saturday on the Expo Line. Photo by Marc Littman/Metro.

The ridership numbers from Metro are in and here’s the skinny: an estimated 8,000 people rode the Expo Line on Saturday to and from USC’s home opener against the University of Hawaii at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

In addition, Metro estimates that 4,000 to 6,000 of those fans reached or traveled from the Expo Line via other Metro buses or trains. In total, there were about 22,000 boardings on Metro on Saturday related to the game.

USC is listing the attendance at the game at 93,607, which means that about 8.5 percent of those who went to the game were delivered there by the Expo Line.

The next USC home game is Saturday, Sept. 22, against Cal. The game time has yet to be announced.

Extra late-night service for Labor Day Sunday and go Metro to USC Football


Monday, Sept. 3 is Labor Day, which means Metro buses and trains will be running on holiday schedule. It also means that Metro will run extended late-night service on Sunday, Sept. 2.

All Metro Rail, the Metro Orange Line and Metro Silver Line will run until 2 a.m. on Sunday, perfect for those who want to take advantage of the long weekend and stay out late or those going to the FYF Fest at the Los Angeles State Historic Park this weekend.

FYF Fest takes place Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight both days. Take the Gold Line and hop off at Chinatown Station for easy access to the festival.

In addition, the first USC Football home game of the year is on Saturday, go Metro to avoid the traffic and hassle of parking. The Silver Line will be running enhanced service on game day, and of course there's the Expo Line (Expo/Vermont, Expo Park/USC and Jefferson/USC). With a sold out game (that's over 90,000 people milling around the area), it's going to be crowded, and we really want everyone to have a fun – and safe – experience. So plan ahead and keep an eye out for approaching trains.

And that's it! Have a great Labor Day weekend!


Go Metro Weekends, Aug 24 – 26


Get down and dance on Friday with Boogie Nights, showing at the Mosaic in the downtown Arts District. In addition to the movie, there will be a costume contest, trivia, free drinks and sweet treats. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, walk south on Alameda toward 3rd Street)

On Saturday, don’t miss the H2O Festival at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The outdoor concert features two stages and a mix of musicians, including Snoop Dogg, Paulina Rubio and Ozomatli. There will be cash-only food trucks and vendors on site. Tickets start at $25 and are available online. The event opens at 3 p.m. and lasts until 12:30 a.m. Don’t spend money you could be spending on merchandise to park your car, go Metro – the late-night rail service makes it an easy choice. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Sunday is the last concert of the Sounds of Summer series. Dwight Trible will be performing at the Craft and Folk Art Museum courtyard at 6 p.m. The concert is free, but reservations are recommended. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Curson)