Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day…now show how you LoveMetroLA!

Whether you hope to find love while Speed Dating on the Red Line or you’ve already got your Valentine’s weekend planned, you can all participate in the LoveMetroLA Instagram Photo Contest!


Participate in LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win great prizes from some of Metro’s Destination Discounts partners! The contest will be open from 8 a.m. today to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. Here’s how to play:

  1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
  2. Take a selfie of you + your Val/Pal/Galentine on a Metro bus, train or station
  3. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
  4. Tag @metrolosangeles and #LoveMetroLA

Multiple submissions are allowed. Contest closes at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16; submissions posted after 8 p.m. will not be accepted.

A total of five winners – first through fifth place – will be selected by a panel ofMetro employee judges. Photos will be judged on the following criteria: inclusion of Metro space (showing the bus, train or station), composition, and application of LoveMetroLA theme. Please be mindful of Metro’s customer code of conductand photo guidelines.

Winners will be announced the week following the contest. For the official contest rules, click here.

PRIZES

  • Grand Prize: Two (2) tickets to Paul Taylor Dance Company performance at The Music Center for either April 11, 12 OR 13, valued at $250.
  • 1st Runner Up: Two (2) Amtrak tickets from Los Angeles to either San Diego OR Santa Barbara, valued at $184 and $152 respectively.
  • 2nd Runner Up: Two (2) VIP tickets to Angel City Derby Girls, valued at $47.
  • 3rd Runner Up: $22 gift certificate to Primera Taza Coffee House.
  • 4th Runner Up: $15 gift certificate to Flour+Tea.

Go Metro Weekends, Feb 14 − 16

This weekend, so much is happening around Los Angeles that the question really isn’t “What to do this weekend?” but “How to do it all?” or, more realistically, “What to leave OFF the list?”

Japan's remote Koi-Yamagata station, recently redesigned in the name of love

Japan’s remote Koi-Yamagata station, recently redesigned in the name of love

Some questions you won’t have to ask: “How am I getting there?” and “How much time will I spend driving around in circles looking for parking until I completely lose it?” If you’re going to any of the following events, Metro’s got you covered. No circling. We promise.

Friday

Grand Park’s Gotta Funky Sole: Lover’s Edition. Friday from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday, FREE. Whether out on a date or out with friends, dancing is a great bet for a happy Valentine’s Day. Enjoy live and DJed funk and soul music, and bring some cash for food trucks, flowers, sweets, or drinks. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Casablanca at the Egyptian Theatre. Movie starts 7:30 p.m., tickets $7-11. Catch this oft-quoted, classic film that speaks to the lovestruck and lovelorn alike on the big screen. (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.)

David Leibman, John Beasley, Dave Robaire, and Jonathan Pinson at the Blue Whale live jazz + art space. Music starts 9 p.m., $20. This quartet of contemporary jazz masters in the Blue Whale’s intimate bar/lounge will give you that tingle down your spine only great jazz can produce. Tickets are first come first served, and doors open at 8 p.m., so arrive early to ensure a spot–especially given this Friday is Valentine’s Day! (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Valentine’s Day Special at NerdMelt Showroom, Meltdown Comics. Event begins 7:45 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 at door. This outrageous storytelling show will feature tales by Andy Dick, Guy Branum, Alice Wetterlund, Lauren Ashley Bishop, Bryan Cook, and Ian Karmel. Free drinks and Valentine’s Day mixer after event. Plus, your TAP card saves you 10% on store purchases! (Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Gardner, or walk approximately 20 minutes from Metro Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station.)

Saturday

“Ride for Love” with the East Side Riders Bike Club, supported by Metro and C.I.C.L.E. Ride meets 9:30 a.m., FREE. Meet at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee center (10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles); the ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m. (Metro Blue Line to 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station, Metro Green Line to Avalon Station, or Metro Bus 53, 55, 117, 120, 202, 355, or Dash Watts.)

Sunday

L.A. Zine Fest 2014 at Helms Bakery. Event from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., FREE. Get a free Zine when you show your TAP card at the information table while supplies last. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, then walk approximately seven minutes east on Venice Blvd.)

Tom Zoellner signs and discusses Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World–From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief at Book Soup. Event begins 4 p.m., FREE. “From the frigid trans-Siberian railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic MagLev trains, Train presents both an entertaining history of railway travel around the world while offering a serious and impassioned case for the future of train travel.”–Yup, we like! (Metro Bus 2/302, 30/330, or 105 to San Vicente/Sunset, or Metro Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Hancock, then walk approximately eight minutes north on Hancock and three minutes west on Holloway Drive to Sunset Blvd.)

Harlem Globetrotters “Fans Rule” Tour at the Staples Center. Performances at 12:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Show your valid TAP card or use promo code METRO when purchasing tickets online and save $5. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

All Weekend

Thomas Woodruff “Legends of the Mysterious Rocks” at Mark Moore Gallery. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. both days, FREE. This Friday and Saturday are the last days to see new paintings by this amazing New York-based artist known for his scientific precision and fantastical storytelling. Woodruff’s website gives a taste of his exquisite style and magical subject matter, but don’t miss it in person! (Metro Expo Line to La Cienega/Jefferson Station, then walk approximately 12 minutes north on Fairfax to W. Washington Blvd.)

Pasadena International Film Festival. If you’re planning on attending the festival this weekend, why not Go Metro and save on parking? For information about films, venues, and tickets check out the festival website. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)

Big Screen Olympic coverage at the Paley Center for Media. Do the Sochi games currently have you glued to the T.V.? Watch the 2104 Winter Olympics larger than life at the Paley Center for Media. Coverage starts at 12 p.m. on various days through Sun, Feb. 23. Free with general admission ticket. (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.)

“James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, a Celebration in Dance” at the L.A. Music Center. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Show your valid TAP card and save 20% on select seats. You can also purchase your tickets online and use promo code 23713. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

Here’s the waiver for those participating in ‘Speed Dating on the Red Line’ on Friday

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Attachment A - Event Rules

If you’re participating in Friday’s “Speed Dating on the Red Line” event, above is the waiver you will need to sign. If you want to get a head start, here’s the waiver, which will also be available at registration for the event. 

Registration will be on the east mezzanine of the Red Line station at Union Station (the transit plaza and Vignes Street side) and the mezzanine level of the North Hollywood station. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. and ‘speed dating’ will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

You can also download the waiver and the event rules. Please click on ‘download’ in the top left corner of the page.

What’s the event all about? First you’ve heard of it? Check out the flier below. And if ‘Speed Dating’ is a little too much for you, Metro has an Instagram Valentine’s Day contest.

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Sometimes love means “chasing cars” around your head

Closing in one the day before Valentine’s Day, here’s a song many were obsessed with a few years ago. In the video, our dear Snow Patrol siren croons at various Los Angeles locales, including a subway station and Metro train.

If you’re still looking for someone to show you a garden that’s bursting into life, come participate in Speed Dating on the Red Line tomorrow during lunch hour! And if you’ve already got someone, enter in the LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes, or check out our Destination Discounts page with Valentine’s picks for a fun date night out on Metro.

A little “Subway Love” before sunrise, sunset and midnight

Valentine’s Day is two days away and while many are preparing with cards, chocolates, and various singing stuffed animals, Metro is getting psyched with a review of some of transit’s most romantic moments.

Today, a reminder that Before Sunrise, Sunset, and Midnight, there was a train ride:

Have your own “meet cute” moment this Friday by participating in Speed Dating on the Red Line. If you’ve already got a Valentine, enter the LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes and/or check out our Destination Discounts page with Valentine’s picks exclusively for Metro lovers.

Though your love will likely be unimpressed by a repeat of the “time travel” analogy (can any of us really top Ethan Hawke in smoothness?), the quirky cuteness of “Subway Love” by 70s Dutch boy band The Shorts is sure to put a smile on their face. We can’t stop singing…

LoveMetroLA: how to participate and what you could win

Participate in LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win great prizes from some of Metro’s Destination Discounts partners! The contest will be open from 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. Here’s how to play:

  1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
  2. Take a selfie of you + your Valentine on a Metro bus, train or station
  3. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
  4. Tag @metrolosangeles and #LoveMetroLA

Multiple submissions are allowed. Contest closes at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16; submissions posted after 8 p.m. will not be accepted.

A total of five winners – first through fifth place – will be selected by a panel of Metro employee judges. Photos will be judged on the following criteria: inclusion of Metro space (showing the bus, train or station), composition, and application of LoveMetroLA theme. Please be mindful of Metro’s customer code of conduct and photo guidelines.

Winners will be announced the week following the contest. For the official contest rules, click here.

PRIZES

  • Grand Prize: Two (2) tickets to Paul Taylor Dance Company performance at The Music Center for either April 11, 12 OR 13, valued at $250.
  • 1st Runner Up: Two (2) Amtrak tickets from Los Angeles to either San Diego OR Santa Barbara, valued at $184 and $152 respectively.
  • 2nd Runner Up: Two (2) VIP tickets to Angel City Derby Girls, valued at $47.
  • 3rd Runner Up: $22 gift certificate to Primera Taza Coffee House.
  • 4th Runner Up: $15 gift certificate to Flour+Tea.

500 Days of Transit

While some people prep for Valentine’s Day with heart, doilies, and an avalanche of pink and red, we here at Metro are counting down the days with our favorite romantic moments on transit.

Today’s entry: Tom and Summer’s chance encounter as their train speeds into the sunset in 500 Days of Summer. I think we can all agree on the train’s clear advantage over cars when it comes to cuddling…

Bus riders, we haven’t forgotten you, and neither has Wes Anderson in this sweet reunion scene from The Royal Tenenbaums:

Whether you believe love is a matter of fate or coincidence, you can have your own “meet cute” moment by participating in Speed Dating on the Metro Red Line this Friday lunch hour. If you’ve already got a Valentine, enter the LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes, or check out our Destination Discounts page with Valentine’s picks exclusively for Metro lovers.

You and Me and Union Station

Valentine’s Day is this Friday – as though anyone could forget with the explosion of red and pink hearts everywhere! – so to get you in the mood for romance in transit, here’s a great video filmed at Union Station starring Lifehouse.

Have your own “meet cute” moment this Friday by participating in Speed Dating on the Red Line. And if you’ve already got a Valentine, enter in the LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes.


On Valentine’s Day Metro is pleased to present…Speed Dating on the Red Line!

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All the details are in the above flier and we are certainly glad to help answer any questions for those interested in spicing up their commute, lunch time, rest of their lives, etc.

If you need to see the Code of Conduct, here it is for you ladies and gentlemen out there.

What can happen on the subway romance-wise? Here’s one highly fictionalized account (or maybe not) from a video contest we held a few years back :)

Of course, not our fault if a “Bad Romance” ensues…

At this point I’m obligated to write that the above Metro Code of Conduct prohibits most of what’s in the above video. I’m also guessing I’ll be yelled at for posting that sometime in the next 15 minutes :))

Finally, there’s a rumor that Cupid may be making a live appearance on the Red Line next Friday. This is fine so long as Cupid has a valid Metro fare loaded on his/her TAP card and remembers to tap.

Go Metro Weekends, Feb. 7 – 9

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Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. Be sure to drop by for First Fridays! Photo courtesy of jcookfisher via Flickr Creative Commons.

Happy weekend! Here’s another installment of Go Metro Weekends where as always, we try to keep your days, bellies and/or pockets full. Let’s get to it.

Friday

LACMA will be hosting a special showing of the Oscar Nominated film Nebraska. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. and is free with each paid general admission, which you can receive a discount on when you show your TAP card! (Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax)

Keeping with the theme of museums, why not drop by First Fridays at the Natural History Museum as well! The schedule begins at 5 p.m. with performances ending at 10 p.m. Adult admission is $12, show your TAP card and save extra coin. Concerts tickets are extra and are currently sold out. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

Saturday

In honor of LA Zine week, Pygmy Hippo Shoppe will be hosting its 2nd annual DIY Valentine’s party with renowned illustrator Esther Kim from 1 – 5 p.m. The event is free to attend and there will be free refreshments! (Metro Bus 14 to Beverly/Curson)

Country music star George Strait will be performing at the Staples Center, and he’s bringing special guest Martina McBride with him! Tickets start at $72.50 and are still on sale, but they’re selling fast. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station)

All Weekend

Here’s something for the family: the Fresh Beat Band will be performing live at Nokia Theater! There will be shows on both Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 12 p.m. both days. Tickets start at $24.50 and are still on sale, so make a family trip to DTLA. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station)

The Beatles are reuniting……kind of. The Paley Center for Media will be hosting a special event celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arriving in New York for an appearance on the Ed O’Sullivan show. Admission to the center and this event are free, although donations and contributions are always accepted. Screenings are at 1 p.m. on both days. (Metro Rapid 704 to Santa Monica/Canon)

The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America opens this weekend at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Metro loaned some spare rail panels for artist Hung Liu’s Jiu Jin Shan (Old Gold Mountain) installation made of more than 100,000 fortune cookies over a railroad track that pays tribute to the Chinese migrant workers who lost their lives building the railroad.  The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the weekend. General admission is $10. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, then walk 1 block south on Arroyo Parkway and 4 blocks east on Union; or Metro Bus 264/267 to Los Robles/Union).