Go Metro to Made in America this Labor Day weekend

15-0360_map_Project_MIA_walking_final.inddMade in America takes place at Grand Park downtown Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re heading to the last big music festival of this summer, make it easy on yourself and Go Metro.

Metro Rail and both the Orange Line and Silver Line will be running late night service both nights, meaning the last trains and buses for those lines will be about 2 a.m. Please see timetables for specific information about each line — especially if you need to transfer.

The last Purple Line train leaves Union Station at 2:02 a.m. both nights.

The last Red Line train leaves Union Station at 2:12 a.m. both nights.

The last Gold Line train to Pasadena leaves Little Tokyo/Arts District Station at 2:03 a.m. on both nights. The last Gold Line train to East Los Angeles leaves Little Tokyo/Arts District Station at 2:16 a.m. both nights.

If your ticket has you entering from the North Gates: take the Red, Purple, Silver or Gold Line to Union Station. Exit toward Alameda Street, then walk south on Los Angeles Street to Temple Street.

If your ticket has you entering from the South Gates: take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit toward 4th Street, then walk two blocks north on Hill Street. You can also take the Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and walk west on 1st Street toward City Hall.

civic ctrCivic Center/Grand Park Station will be closed during Made in America due to event security. Trains will not stop at the station. ADA access to the concert area will be provided from Union Station. Pick up/drop off locations include:

  • Union Station Patsaouras Plaza (Bay 2)
  • 2nd Street and Main Street (during festival hours)
  • On Temple Street between Hill and Grand Avenue in front of Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration (eastbound).

For the ADA Shuttle schedule, click here. Proposed Made in America street closures and bus detours are posted here. Some bus detours begin on Friday, August 29, due to event set up.

Transit pro-tip: load your TAP card with round-trip cash fare or a Day Pass before heading out. A Day Pass is good from first tap until 3 a.m. the next day. For those who want to park and ride on the Expo Line, parking will be extremely limited at Culver City Station and La Cienega/Jefferson Station due to the USC football game on Saturday. Consider parking at Expo/Crenshaw Station on Saturday only. There is no parking at Expo/Crenshaw Station on Sundays.

Metro Expo Line the best ticket for USC gridiron action

Photo by Neon Tommy, via Flickr creative commons.

USC in action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the 2012 season. Photo by Neon Tommy, via Flickr creative commons.

The 2014 college football season kicks off at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, August 30, when the USC Trojans host the Fresno State Bulldogs and fans are encouraged to avoid snarling traffic delays by riding the Metro Expo Line to the game.

Saturday marks the third year that Metro has offered expanded Expo Line service to USC home football games. More Expo Line trains are assigned to the event and they will run more frequently to get football fans to and from the game safely and efficiently.

Click on the map to see a larger version.

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“During the first two years of Expo Line service to USC football, Metro moved between 8,000 and 9,000 fans to each of the home games representing about ten percent of all the people attending,” Metro CEO Art Leahy said. “Metro customers not only get quick, convenient and safe transport, they won’t have to shell out $20 or more for parking near the Coliseum.”

Metro officials encourage football fans to try the Expo Line especially on this Labor Day weekend as tens of thousands of concert goers are expected to fill downtown-area freeways and surface streets to attend the Made in America Festival at Grand Park. Music fans are also encouraged to use the Metro Rail system to avoid congestion and save time.

(More information and the Metro & Metrolink rail map after the jump!)

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End of an era: Metro to retire its last high-floor buses on August 30

This type of high-floor bus, used by the transit industry for more than 100 years, required bus patrons to negotiate several steps before boarding.

This type of high-floor bus, used by the transit industry for more than 100 years, required bus patrons to negotiate steps before boarding.

Today’s Metro buses feature low-floor designs for faster, easier boardings and alightings.

Today’s Metro buses feature low-floor designs for faster, easier boardings and alightings.

Adios bus stairs, here comes the “Low Rider.”

Bus riders in Los Angeles County will no longer have to climb stairs to board a Metro Bus on any of Metro’s 170 bus lines beginning August 30. That’s the date when Metro will be officially retiring its very last high-floor transit buses and replacing them with “low-floor” buses.

That’s a notable milestone in the history of local transit. High-floor buses were employed by transit operators since the inception of motorized transit buses and Metro, as well as its predecessor agencies, have operated high-floor buses for decades. Climbing steps to board a bus has been the common experience of multiple generations of bus riders.

“Los Angeles, as well as most of the world, has had high floor buses for well over 100 years,” said Richard Famighetti, maintenance operations manager for Metro Divisions 6 and 7. “We are marking the end of a significant era that helped characterize public transportation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Retiring these buses is a truly a historic change for Metro.”

(Video after the jump!)

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Jimmy Kimmel Goes Metro to Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre

It was a fun afternoon on social media when Jimmy Kimmel tweeted that he was pondering taking the Metro to the Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre — and then actually did it, riding the Red Line from Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles. His tweets and some of the reaction are below.

ABC News, Variety and People, among others, were media outlets that picked up the story.

 

And some of the reaction:

 

 

 

 

T&Y Bakery opens at Union Station!

coconut thingUnion Station’s has a brand new attraction. T&Y Bakery opened this morning with pastry and cookies and French macaroons and this amazing coconut confection that turned out to be the perfect way to calm a 3 p.m. hunger attack.

T&Y stands for Tbilisi & Yerevan (the capitol cities of Georgia and Armenia) and the bakery selections reflect that heritage. Pierogi, baclava, cannoli, breads, black and white cookies. What more could we want? Well, maybe ice cream but Ben & Jerry’s is just next door and Starbucks is across the concourse.

There are T&Ys in two other L.A. locations, in West Hollywood and at the Farmers Market at Fairfax and 3rd Street.

What with the Japanese convenience store Famima, Wetzel’s Pretzels and this new Russian bakery, Union Station is becoming quite the international destination … just like L.A. itself.

Here’s the T&Y Bakery video from The Farmers Market site.

 

Get on the move with the Transit Trailblazers

Public transportation plays a large role in helping older adults stay mobile. But as much as many of them want to ride buses or trains, trying to figure out routes, times and fares can sometimes be a little intimidating. That’s where On the Move Riders Club comes in.

On the Move Riders Club is part of Metro’s outreach to older adults. Project Manager Lilly Ortiz visits senior citizen centers around Los Angeles County to teach older adults about the benefits of public transit and familiarize them with local transportation options. Find out how to get a Senior TAP card and stay updated on fun events and transit outings!

The video above features the Transit Trailblazers, one of the On the Move Riders groups based in Burbank. On the Move Riders Club has groups throughout Los Angeles County. For more information or to start a club, call 213.922.2299 or email onthemove@metro.net.

Riders who are 62 and older are eligible for heavily discounted Metro fares if using a senior TAP. Please click here for information about how to apply. Below is the chart showing the new fares that take effect on Sept. 15:

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Join Metro this fall for free art tours and learn where to get discounts on dinner

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Metro Art Moves, Metro’s free after-work art tours, is back! Tours will depart from Union Station at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month starting September 4. The other tour dates are October 2, November 6 and December 4, 2014.

The guided, artist-led tours focus on three downtown Los Angeles rail stations and provide unique experiences with Metro’s diverse art collection. And after checking out some art, grab dinner at a discounted price! Fall tours end at 7th St/Metro Center Station, near several 213 Nightlife dining destinations. Tour participants can receive 15% off their food bills at Casey’s Irish PubCole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP card to the server when ordering.

All tours meet at Union Station at the information kiosk, just inside the Alameda Street entrance.

General Information

Tours take place on Thursdays, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday tours begin at Union Station and end at 7th St/Metro Center Station.

The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.

Public restrooms are available at Union Station.

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