Friday Five: Insta-round up for Oct 25

Welcome to Friday Five, a weekly roundup of five transit pics we’re loving on Instagram. Want to be featured? Tag @MetroLosAngeles on Instagram to get our attention and follow us for more fun transit photos. And without further adieu…

Fun pic from the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal, props to this gentlemen who hauled both pumpkin and kids!

Awesome colors and J.J. Abrams-style flare.

Because I love rainy days in Tokyo, the bicycle-specific crosswalk and clear umbrellas.

Great atmospheric pic of the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (or if you’re like me and can’t pronounce German, The Hof).

Nice pic showcasing the station art at Gold Line Soto Station.

Transit Reader: Halloween Edition

Art of Transit: Catching up on Tsubasa on the Gold Line. Photo via Metro’s Instagram.

Welcome to the Halloween Edition of Transit Reader, where you can let us know what you’re reading during your commute – and get some recommendations. In the spirit of creeping yourself (and others) out for Halloween, also let us know the scariest book or short story you’ve ever read!

It seems biased to mention Stephen King again, but “The Moving Finger” remains one of my all-time scary stories. I also have a soft spot for Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. And you can check out this previous post for what’s been gracing Steve Hymon’s iPad.

Without further ado, here’s a list of book recs based on what Metro riders are reading:

  • Detroit City is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis – Mark Binelli
  • Justice – Michael J. Sandel
  • Anarchism: A Beginner’s Guide – Ruth Kinna
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom - Jonathan Haidt
  • Geek Love – Katherine Dunn
  • The Dresden Files series – Jim Butcher…in audio book form!
  • The New Yorker magazine
  • The L.A. Times (Steve Hymon articles in particular!)
  • Downtown News
  • Various transit trade journals
  • Various Manga (Naruto, Bleach, may I suggest Jing: King of Bandits or Mirai Nikki?)

And don’t forget, tonight’s the NoHo LitCrawl, where you can learn about the local literature scene and hear from writers themselves.

Go Metro to HARD Day of The Dead

Photo: HARD Presents... Official Facebook

Photo: HARD Presents… Official Facebook

Metro will offer extended late-night Metro Rail service on Sunday, Nov. 3, for HARD Day of the Dead. The event, set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2–3, will take place at Los Angeles Historic State Park, a short walk from both the Gold Line Chinatown station and Union Station.

Please note that unlike previous HARD events, attendees WILL NOT receive a Metro Day Pass with their tickets, which means if you’re going Metro to the concerts, you’ll need to get a reusable TAP card ($1) and make sure it’s loaded with cash fare or a pass. One ride is $1.50 per line; a Day Pass is $5 and lets you ride the entire Metro system until 3 a.m. the following day.

Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris headline a loaded lineup. The music will start each day at noon and last sets will end at approximately 12 a.m. On Saturday, Nov. 2, Metro will run normal 2 a.m. late-night service. On Sunday, Nov. 3, Metro Rail, Orange and Silver Lines will run approximately one hour after the festival ends to accommodate those who go to the show.

Last trains/buses on Sunday night will be as follows:

  • Northbound Gold Line to Pasadena will leave East L.A. at 12:43 a.m., leaving Union Station at 1:07 a.m.; Southbound to East L.A. will leave Pasadena at 12:39 a.m., departing Union Station at 1:08 a.m.
  • Outbound Red Line to North Hollywood will leave Union Station at 1:12 a.m. and arrive 7th St./Metro Ctr at 1:16 a.m. to connect with Blue and Expo Line; Outbound Purple Line to Wilshire/Western will leave Union Station at 1:07 a.m..
  • Southbound Blue Line to Long Beach will leave 7th St./Metro Ctr at 1:25 a.m. and arrive Willowbrook at 1:49 a.m. to connect with the Green Line; Westbound Expo Line to Culver City will leave 7th St./Metro Ctr at 1:30 a.m.
  • Green Line to both Norwalk and Redondo Beach will leave Willowbrook at 2 a.m.
  • Westbound Orange Line will provide extra buses to Warner Center and Chatsworth, leaving North Hollywood at 1:15 a.m., 1:35 a.m. and 1:55 a.m.
  • Eastbound Silver Line to El Monte Station will leave Union Station at 1:20 a.m.; Southbound Silver Line to Harbor Gateway Transit Center will leave Union Station at 1:31 a.m.

For more information on routes and schedule times, visit metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

Go Metro to Lit Crawl LA: NoHo debut Wednesday, Oct 23

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Get ready for SoCal’s first Lit Crawl LA, taking place in North Hollywood on Wednesday, October 23. 23 free literary events are scheduled to take place at 12 NoHo locations from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy an evening of thrilling readings with the best of LA’s writers.

Don’t let hunger distract you from any of the readings. Fuel up at the following Lit Crawl LA: NoHo venues, and show your TAP card to save!

All venues of Lit Crawl LA: NoHo are walkable from the North Hollywood Station off the Metro Red or Orange Line. You can also take Metro Bus 183 to Magnolia/Lankershim or Lankershim/Chandler. Some venues may be 21+ only. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 18 – 20

Saturday: go Metro to Taste of Soul.

Also, one last reminder for the Sunday Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal ride!

The Sherman Oaks Street Fair takes place on Sunday on Ventura between Van Nuys and Kester. The free festivities last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include music, food and great family friendly activities. Go Metro for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Whole Foods and many other great prizes! Present your valid TAP card at the Chamber Booth located at Ventura/Cedros and get a free raffle ticket. (Metro Bus 240 to Ventura/Van Nuys)

Anyone heading to the Edward Sharpe Big Top this weekend? With shows Thursday through Sunday, the unique music and performing arts festival takes place under a big top circus tent at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Shows begin at 8 p.m. each day, with an additional Sunday show taking place at noon. General admission starts at $60. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Saturday marks the opening night of Invisible Cities at Union Station. The premiere performance is currently at capacity, but check their calendar to see if there’s another date you can make. Enjoy a brand new opera while experiencing the station in a completely new way. Tickets start at $45 for the 10 p.m. performances, and there are also two $25 Tuesdays. (Metro Gold, Red or Purple Line to Union Station, check Trip Planner for Metrolink and bus connections)

Metro honored at L.A. CARES for Veterans Hiring Program

This morning, Metro was honored at L.A. CARES for its proactive stance in veteran hiring. Currently, there are approximately 600 employees at Metro who have identified with military status, and 100 of them were hired between January 2012 to June 2013. Metro supports the transportation industry goal to increase veteran hiring to 10% – 12% over the next three years. For more information on a careers with Metro, visit Metro’s Careers page.

Here’s the joint press release from The Salvation Army and Jewish Vocational Service on L.A. CARES:

According to a 2013 report from the Department of Labor, there are nearly one million unemployed veterans in the United States. On October 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., dynamic efforts to address that sobering statistic will be on display at The Expo Center located at 3980 Bill Robertson Lane, Los Angeles, 90037 where The Salvation Army and JVS Los Angeles will highlight their programs that address veteran unemployment.

L.A. CARES will recognize area businesses that have created successful military hiring initiatives and highlight the nonprofit partnership of The Salvation Army Return-To-Work and JVS Veterans First programs for their forward thinking approaches to the challenges facing returning veterans.

Jan Perry, former L.A. City Councilmember and Interim General Manager of Mayor Garcetti’s Economic and Workforce Development Department will make keynote remarks, introduced by Steve Soboroff, newly-elected President of the Los Angeles Police Commission.

The program will feature a panel discussing best practices in veteran recruitment, hiring and retention, moderated by Keri Dawkins of the U.S. Chamber Heroes To Hire program, with senior representatives from corporate partners Activision/Blizzard, ACET (Adams Communication & Engineering Technology), Bank of America and Vons. Veterans who have gone through The Salvation Army and JVS programs will tell their own personal stories of how they overcame overwhelming obstacles and are now focusing on careers with a future.

“Helping our heroes return to the civilian workforce is a priority for my department,” said Ms. Perry.  “L.A. CARES highlights the critical partnership between social service agencies and the business community as we showcase the unique skill sets and talents veterans bring to prospective employers. I commend The Salvation Army and JVS Los Angeles for their leadership and I thank the employers who have already committed their organizations to breaking down the barriers to employment for our returning service members.”

Panel participants will include: Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of Activision/Blizzard’s Call of Duty Endowment; Marilyn Hayes, Senior Recruiter for ACET; Johnny Montes, Senior Vice President for Los Angeles East region for Bank of America, and Robert De Santiago, Human Resources Manager for Safeway Inc. – Vons Division.

For Media, contact Robert Brennan Director of Media Relations The Salvation Army 818-648-9098 Robert.Brennan@usw.salvationarmy.org  Evan Henerson JVS Media Relations Manager 323-761-8888 x8866 ehenerson@jvsla.org

Reminder: Go Metro to Taste of Soul Saturday, Oct 19

Taste of Soul, one of L.A.’s largest street festivals, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Running down Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker and Rodeo Road, visitors can sample great food from local restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and check out displays by local artists.

Hop on the Expo Line to Expo/Crenshaw Station, then start walking south on Crenshaw until you come across a huge crowd of people. It will take you less than five minutes.

Metro will have a booth at the Crenshaw/Rodeo intersection to provide information about the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line project, which is preparing to begin major construction next spring. Rail safety staff will be available to talk about how to be safe around trains and tracks.

Representatives from Metro’s community partners, several labor unions and a  pre-apprenticeship training program will be available to provide information on how to enter trade unions to work on Metro capital projects that will soon start construction in the region. Information on careers at Metro, from bus operators to executive officers, will be available as well.

Adjacent to Metro’s booth will be the Metro Experience, a mobile theatre will be screening video presentations that reflect the Crenshaw and Inglewood communities.

Metro Bus 40, 102, 105, 210, 710 and 740 will be detouring for the festival. Signs in English and Spanish will be posted at bus stops regarding the temporary routes, or check Metro’s Service Advisories for the latest changes on detours.

For bicyclists, there is ample secure parking for bikes at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza located at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Bikes are allowed on all Metro Bus and Rail.

Get even greener with Metro’s green tips

If you want to go green, go Metro. Riding public transportation is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint, but what about in other parts of your daily life?

Luckily, Metro can help you out there too. Check out this list of green tips – some you may have heard before, some might be brand new to you. These tips will help you lead a greener and healthier life, and you might also be able to save some money while you’re at it!

A few examples:

  • Check Your Tire Pressure: If the tires on your vehicle have less than the recommended air pressure, your gas mileage will suffer. You can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.
  • Eat Local: Check out farmers’ markets in your area. By buying local, you not only help support the local economy, but also reduce carbon emissions associated with food production as the amount of fossil fuels used to transport food is tremendous. Here’s a list of farmers’ markets that you can Metro to. Make sure to bring a reusable shopping bag!
  • Ride a Bike: Gas wasted during traffic congestion totals nearly 3 billion gallons per year in the U.S. For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, about 1 pound of CO2 is saved from entering the atmosphere. And you can combine bikes with transit as all Metro buses and trains allow bicycles.
  • Explore Transit Alternatives: Reduce your car’s carbon impact through diversification. If bus and rail just aren’t for you, there are more options, such as walking, bicycling and carpooling.

Curious about what Metro is doing to stay green and sustainable? Check out this previous post and Metro’s environmental compliance page.

Mini Blue Line train in service at Wilson Park

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Photos courtesy of Kelly Smith/SCLS

Deep in the heart of Torrance is Wilson Park, where you can ride the miniature rails with the Southern California Live Steamers. It’s a great place to go if you want to learn all there is to know about tracks and trains. They’ve got electric, steam and people powered cars, and best of all they have a fully operational mini Blue Line train in its original livery.

Free public train rides take place on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month. For more information, check the SCLS website. Get to Wilson Park via Torrance Transit on lines 5, 7 or 10.

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 11 – 13

Catch War Horse on Friday or Sunday and save on tickets with your TAP card. Photo: War Horse Official Facebook

Catch War Horse on Friday or Sunday and save on tickets with your TAP card. Photo: War Horse Official Facebook

This weekend is jam packed with events, so let’s dive right in!

Friday:

ArtNight Pasadena. Food, art, music and more, free to attend. Go Metro to receive discounts on souvenirs or free gifts at various locations. Event takes place 6 – 10 p.m. Hop on the Gold Line towards Pasadena and you’re good to go.

Saturday:

Bridge to Heath community wellness fair. Get healthy while having fun at White Memorial Medical Center. The free fair takes place 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Go Metro to get a week free at YMCA. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station, Metro Bus 30/330 to 1st/Boyle)

Taste of Italy. Food, food, and more tasty food. The event takes place 5 – 10 p.m. at El Pueblo. Go Metro and receive $5 off general admission. (Metro Red, Purple, Gold Line to Union Station, Metro Bus 70, 76 to Spring/Cesar E Chavez)

All Weekend:

War Horse at Pantages Theatre. Go to the Friday or Sunday 8 p.m. showings and save up to $40 on tickets with your TAP card. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station)

Artisanal LA. Eat and shop locally at the L.A. Mart. The event takes place 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 at the door. Go Metro to receive a free tote bag. (Metro Blue Line to Grand Station, Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/Washington)

Endeavour Fest. If you haven’t seen Endeavour Space Shuttle yet, what are you waiting for? The free event takes place Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at the California Science Center. Go Metro to save on IMAX movie tickets and at the gift shops. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

LALIFF. See the best of the best by Latino filmmakers at TCL Chinese Theatre. Check their website for the schedule of movies. Go Metro to save $1 on screening tickets. (Metro Red Line, Bus 212 or Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Screamfest. Scare yourself silly at the movies! Check their website for the schedule of movies. Go Metro to save 20% on tickets. (Metro Red or Orange Line to North Hollywood Station)

Tip from a Source commenter: Check out “Matthew Shepard: Beyond the Fence” musical at South Coast Chorale on Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. General seating is $25. (Metro Blue Line to 5th Street Station)