Officials and a dinosaur teach drivers: How to spend less on gas

With pump prices more than $4 a gallon again and more than 50 cents a gallon higher than they were in January, Metro and the Automobile Club of Southern California today joined forces to help teach drivers how to spend less on gas. They were joined by representatives from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, including Hunter the T. rex.

Standing on the platform of the Metro Expo/Vermont Station, with some of the finest museums in the world just steps away, Metro urged L.A. residents to maximize their spring break and summer vacation dollars by picking up a $5 Day Pass and making easy-to-reach destinations on the Metro system part of their plans.

Drivers were reminded by the Auto Club that gas prices have jumped 82 percent in the last decade while the median household income for Californians has risen just 16 percent. But the good news is that many drivers can save up to $1,000 or even $2,000 a year on fuel at today’s prices by consistently following a few good habits, including slowing down and adopting a smooth, even driving style.

For inspiration, Simon Adlam, Director of Exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, invited vacationers to explore the many new and exciting exhibits at the Natural History Museum and he brought along Hunter the T. rex to make sure everyone paid attention.

“Inspire Your Fire” at the Festival of Books and save 10% on official merchandise with Metro

IMG_0684

From 2013 Festival of Books. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

The L.A. Times Festival of Books takes over USC this weekend with music, food, films, books, books and more books! The event is free to attend; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Getting to the Festival of Books without driving is a snap. Metro has three rail stations that serve the USC area off the Expo Line: Jefferson/USC, Expo Park/USC and Expo/Vermont. Both the Blue and Expo lines will see enhanced service during event hours to accommodate attendees. The Metro Silver Line also drops off at 37th/USC, and another option for those starting their trips from DTLA is the DASH F.

Due to the Patsaouras Plaza closure this weekend, the free Festival Shuttle Bus will be picking up passengers from Union Station at Cesar Chavez/Alameda. Connect with the shuttle via the Gold, Purple or Red Line. Signage will be placed around Union Station directing festival attendees to the shuttle stop.

As an added bonus, those who go Metro can save 10% on official FOB merchandise! Show your valid TAP card wherever festival merchandise is sold and save on your total purchase.

A few photos from yesterday’s CicLAvia on Wilshire Boulevard

Photo by Gary Leonard for Metro.

Photo by Gary Leonard for Metro.

No surprise: another big crowd for CicLAvia on Sunday, with cyclists, walkers and others taking over Wilshire Boulevard between downtown Los Angeles and the Miracle Mile. Here are a few pics.

https://twitter.com/MargaretTwitty8/status/451420458899214336/photo/1

Above photo is by Andy Sternberg, via Flickr creative commons. 

 

New combined schedule published for Amtrak, Metrolink and Coaster trains

Here’s the latest combined timetable for Amtrak, Metrolink and Coaster trains in Southern California — it’s effective today, April 7.

This is also known as the LOSSAN schedule — LOSSAN stands for the rail corridors that run between San Luis Obispo in the north and San Diego in the south. From LOSSAN’s web page:

The LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency (Agency) is a joint powers authority originally formed in 1989 that works to increase ridership, revenue, capacity, reliability, coordination and safety on the coastal rail line between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. It is governed by a 11-member Board of Directors composed of elected officials representing rail owners, operators, and planning agencies along the rail corridor.  The LOSSAN Agency is staffed by the Orange County Transportation Authority.

 

Amtrak, Metrolink and Coaster trains connect with local transit at numerous locations throughout Southern California — most notably Metro buses and trains in Los Angeles County, OCTA buses in Orange County, NCTD buses and trains in northern San Diego County and the San Diego trolley and bus system in San Diego and surrounding area.

Many of the cities served by Amtrak and commuter rail area also served by their own municipal bus lines.


Get ready for Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s April 8

Mark your calendars, ice cream lovers, Ben&Jerry’s Free Cone Day is coming up next Tuesday! And the best place to get some free ice cream? Right here at Los Angeles Union Station.

And if your free cone isn’t enough to satisfy, take advantage of the Union Station Ben&Jerry’s TAP card Tuesday. Just show your TAP card to the cashier on any Tuesday and save 10% on all scoops, milkshakes, smoothies, and sundaes.

The ways to Union Station are many! You can get here by train, bus, bike or foot. Check Trip Planner for routes and connections.

Go Dodger Stadium Express to Opening Day!

dodgers_map_revised

The Dodgers are off to a hot start at 4-1 and now face the Giants for their home opener at 1:10 p.m. Friday. As usual, the game is sold out and a huge crowd is expected.

If you don’t want to hassle with driving, the Dodger Stadium Express bus runs between Union Station and two stops at the stadium, as the map above shows. Union Station is served by the Red/Purple Line, the Gold Line, Metrolink, Amtrak and many bus lines. Maps and timetables here. For those wishing to park at Union Station, the cost is $6. Information on parking at other Metro Rail stations is here.

Click above to see larger.

Click above to see larger.

More info:

  • 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.
  • NEW for 2014: You can exit inside Dodger Stadium at one of two stops – behind Center Field and at the Top Deck. Service will pick up at the same stops after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.
  • 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

 

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.

Rail Series rack cards

RailSeriesSpanish

Dodger Stadium Express gears up for the 2014 season

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means it’s almost time for baseball season! The Dodgers have returned from Australia for a pre-season game versus the Angels on Thursday, March 27, and the Dodger Stadium Express will be ready to go for game time.

The Dodger Stadium Express runs between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodger Stadium and is free to those holding game tickets. The details for Dodger Stadium Express service:

  • 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.
  • NEW for 2014: You can exit inside Dodger Stadium at one of two stops – behind Center Field and at the Top Deck. Service will pick up at the same stops after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.
  • A second dedicated bus lane will be in place along Sunset Blvd. to allow for quicker departure of buses.

jpeg-of-english-dodger-Map-

Metrolink is also getting into the swing of things with special train service on the Orange County Line from Oceanside to Union Station for the March 27 and 28 games as the Dodgers play against cross-town opponents, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The cost to ride the train is $7 round trip.

Keep reading after the jump for the official press release from Metro:

Continue reading