Go Metro to the Colorado Street Bridge Party July 12 and receive a free poster

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Images courtesy of Pasadena Heritage

Celebrate the historic Colorado Street Bridge at a party hosted on the bridge itself! Pasadena Heritage invites the public to an evening of live music, dancing, vintage cars, and children’s activities atop the iconic span on Saturday July 12 from 6 – 11 p.m. A variety of local vendors will offer food and beverages for purchase, including dumplings, BBQ, Mexican fare and drinks.

If you didn’t know it already, bridges + trains = best friends. Getting to the festivities via Metro is easy and convenient. Hop on the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station and walk two blocks south to the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue to connect with the free Pasadena ARTS Route 10 shuttle. The Route 10 shuttle will run every 17 minutes starting at 5 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. the evening of the party.

It is also possible to reach the celebration on foot—head west on Colorado from Memorial Park Station and walk for approximately fifteen minutes. Show your valid TAP card at the event merchandise table to receive a free commemorative Kenton Nelson poster while supplies last.

Tickets to the Colorado Street Bridge Party can be purchased in advance online for $16 adults/$8 kids or for $18 adults/$9 kids the day of the celebration. For additional info about the festivities, click here.

Summer Metro Motion explores unique So Cal journeys via Metro

In the summer edition of Metro Motion, we hear from two millennials – one a scientist, the other a teacher – and find out how climate change inspired their journeys to lives without cars. Sure, they’re saving money. But that’s not their point. They see public transit, bikes and walking as the best ways to take care of our ailing planet and ourselves.

Summer is here and that means peak produce and time for a trip to L.A.’s fabulous farmers markets via Metro. The produce and prepared food is primo and these modern markets offer tools to teach healthy eating and cooking skills.

Looking for the quintessential So Cal biking experience? Watch as cyclist Mike Ryan loads his bike onto the Expo Line to Culver City, jumps on the Ballona Creek Bike Path and cycles to Marina del Rey for a free concert with the ocean and the stars as backdrop. Beautiful!

We also travel back in time to bid a fond farewell to I-405 construction as the Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project opens the completed HOV lane. We look back at Carmageddon I and II, Rampjam and Jamzilla — and at the same time we look forward to smoother sailing through the pass.

Metro Motion runs quarterly on cable stations throughout Los Angeles County. It’s co-produced by Metro and Santa Monica City TV.

Metrolink to operate special holiday service on July 4

Reminder: If you’re making travel plans for Friday, July 4, please consider that Metrolink will only be operating two special round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line. Regular service will resume on July 5. Here are the details from Metrolink:

In observance of Independence Day, Metrolink will not operate service on Friday, July 4, with the exception of two round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line. The special Metrolink service will run from Lancaster to Los Angeles Union Station and back.

Antelope Valley Line train 262 will depart Lancaster at 8:55 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 11 a.m., while Antelope Valley Line train 268 will depart Lancaster at 2:25 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 4:30 p.m.

Making the return trip to the Antelope Valley will be train 263, departing Los Angeles Union Station at 11:40 a.m., while train 269 will depart LAUS at 5:25 p.m. The trains will reach Lancaster at 1:50 p.m. and 7:25 p.m., respectively.

The four trains will make all stops at the 11 stations along the Antelope Valley Line.

Regular service will resume system-wide on Saturday, July 5.

Discover Wearable Tech LA on July 17 and save on admission with Metro

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Wearable Tech LA is the first entertainment and health wearable conference to be held in Los Angeles. The day-long conference will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on Thursday, July 17. Attendees will be able to meet and collaborate with industry leaders, startups, Hollywood actors and professional athletes.

Those who ride Metro to the conference will be able to save 20 percent on regular admission. Use the exclusive Metro promo code GOMETRO2WTLA when purchasing tickets online, or show your valid TAP card at the registration desk to receive the discount. The special early bird price has been extended until tomorrow to celebrate Team USA in the World Cup–make sure to get your tickets now to get even deeper discounts!

The Pasadena Convention Center is located conveniently near the Metro Gold Line Del Mar Station — the Convention Center is one block east on Green Street. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, June 27 − 29

Friday

This Friday, Grand Performances presents Movie Music Magic at 8 p.m. in beautiful California Plaza. From Sound of Music to Skyfall, this free concert features memorable songs from the silver screen performed by husband-wife classical duo Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin. Go Metro and save on dinner at the Omni’s Noé Restaurant & Bar or Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or various Metro and municipal buses serving Grand Avenue, Olive Street or Hill Street.)

Saturday

Explore Little Tokyo and its rich history with the Japanese American National Museum’s Little Tokyo Walking Tour this Saturday morning. The tour lasts from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., weather permitting, and is $9 for members, $14 for non-members (price includes admission to the museum). Present your valid TAP card and receive $2 off adult admission and 10% off at the Chado Tea Room. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 30/330 or 40 to Judge John Aiso/Temple, or DASH A to 1st/Central.)

El Pueblo de Los Angeles becomes Tacolandia this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.! Forty of L.A. and Mexico’s best taco vendors will face off for titles such as “Best Non-Traditional Taco,” “Best in Show,” and “Tacolandia Hall of Fame.” Take in the competition while enjoying drinks, live music, and of course, lots and lots of tacos. The event is free to attend, but you must be 21+. (Metro Gold, Red/Purple, or Silver Line to Union Station, or various Metro buses serving Union Station.)

Sunday

DUN DA DUN DUN, DUN DA DUN–the Indiana Jones Triple Feature at the Egyptian Theatre takes place this Sunday! See Raiders of the Lost Ark at 5 p.m., Temple of Doom at 7:35 p.m., The Last Crusade at 9:45 p.m., or any combination of the three–one ticket gets you in to all showings! General admission is $11, students $9. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

From Indie to Indie rock, drop by The Echo for “The Grand Ole Echo” this Sunday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This free event features different Americana and country/roots musicians every week. Dance and mingle to live and DJed sets, grab a drink, and enjoy some homemade BBQ. (Metro Rapid 704 or Metro Bus 4, 200, or 2/302 to Echo Park/Sunset or Bus 92 to Glendale/Park.)

All Weekend

It’s an especially exciting weekend at the Hollywood Bowl, with Mariachi USA returning this Saturday at 6 p.m. and Robyn + Royksopp on Sunday at 7 p.m. The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition is partnering with Metro and the Hollywood Bowl to provide complimentary valet bike parking at this Sunday’s concert. Show your valid TAP card or bike valet ticket at the Hollywood Bowl Museum Patio before the show and receive a free scoop of Peddler’s Creamery ice cream. Sweet!

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Hey World Cup fans: please don’t damage Metro’s buses!

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We will be the first to agree that the World Cup is a super fun thing to watch. It’s even better watching it in Los Angeles, where the diversity here means that many teams have huge and devoted local followings.

Unfortunately, a couple of Metro buses were damaged in the civil disturbance on Tuesday following Mexico’s big win over Croatia that propelled Mexico into the knockout round of the tournament. The above photo shows some of the damage to one of the buses.

The buses are being repaired, meaning they are not available to do what they are supposed to do: serve our everyday riders. The repairs also cost Metro and you — the taxpayer — money that could probably be spent on better things.

Thus, this announcement from Metro officials: Similar to past incidents where public safety is compromised, Metro will immediately suspend service in any area impacted by civil disturbances. Metro does not want to put its passengers, bus operators and other employees in harms way. Service will resume only when law enforcement deems it safe to do so.

As soccer fans are keenly aware, Mexico plays the Netherlands on Sunday morning in the second round of the World Cup. It’s an elimination game, meaning everything is on the line for both teams.

Metro will be closely monitoring the game and public safety on streets in our county. In particular, the following bus lines may be impacted: the 18, 94, 102, 111, 224, 230, 233, 251, 260, 612, 720 and the 761.

When service is detoured or suspended, Nextrip will not reflect accurate real-time arrivals.

To avoid potential disruptions or detours, customers should consider using Metro Rail when possible. There are tons of places to watch the game along the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green and Gold Lines!

Follow Metro’s general Twitter account or Metro’s Twitter feed with only service alerts for the latest rider information.