Stay hydrated with new Every Lane is a Bike Lane mug

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Now on sale at the online Metro Store: the Every Lane is a Bike Lane mug! This giant mug can hold a whopping 15 ounces–perfect for helping you rehydrated after a good ride. The mug costs $9.65 and matches the Every Lane is a Bike Lane T-shirt.

Go Metro to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular to get free tote bag

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It’s time for the 1812 Overture plus fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl! Go Metro to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16. Performances start at 8 p.m. both nights and tickets are still available.

And special for Metro-riding Tchaikovsky-lovers: show your valid TAP card with your concert ticket at the Hollywood Bowl gift shop and you’ll receive a free Hollywood Bowl tote bag! The offer is only valid on August 15 and 16.

To get to the Hollywood Bowl, take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the free shuttle up to the Bowl. (Shuttle is free with TAP card.) Use the Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

New fare charts and FAQ on the fare increases and changes that begin Sept. 15

As many of you likely know, Metro’s fare increases and fare changes that were approved this spring go into effect on September 15.

The charts below outline the new fares, including regular fares and passes, Silver Lane fares and the EZ Pass. I urge everyone to give this a read before Sept. 15 as the new structure — with free transfers for two hours — means that some of you could save on your Metro transit trips while others will be seeing an increase.

I also want to emphasize: please click here to see if you are eligible for Metro’s “Rider Relief” fares that provide up to a $10 discount on transit passes. The Rider Relief coupons for seniors and students provide savings on top of already reduced rates. Eligibility is determined by household income and the number of occupants in a household.

Please, please, please — check to see if you are eligible for a discount. There’s no point in paying more than you should and these discounts are available to enhance everyone’s mobility in our region. If you know of someone who may qualify, please pass along this information!

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There is also more information on this page about Metro’s reduced fares, including discounts for students, seniors, the disabled and Medicare recipients.

Here are the new fares that take effect Sept. 15:

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There is also a comprehensive FAQ that has been posted to metro.net. Please click here to see the entire FAQ.

I have posted some of the questions and answers below that I think will answer many of the questions we’ve been fielding here from readers:

What is the difference between a 1-ride base fare and a 1-way trip?

Both are single fares used to board a Metro Bus. The “1-Ride Base Fare” indicates that the fare is being paid in cash or with a token; no TAP card is required, and no transfers are included. The “1-Way Trip” indicates that the fare is being paid using a TAP card preloaded with a 1-Way Trip product (available at TAP vending machines) or Stored Value on a TAP card. The 1-Way Trip includes transfers to other connecting Metro bus or rail lines for up to two hours to complete a one-way trip; it is not valid for a round-trip. Note that the 1-Ride Base Fare is not available on Metro Rail or the Metro Orange Line; payment of all fares on those lines requires use of a TAP card. (See description of TAP cards below.)

Who is eligible for two hours of free transfers?

Customers are eligible for transfers when enough Stored Value is preloaded on a TAP card and used to pay the applicable 1-Way Trip fare. The 1-Way Trip is available at varying rates to: regular blue TAP card holders; Seniors 62+/Disabled/ Medicare TAP card holders; Students K-12  TAP card holders; and College/Vocational TAP card holders.

How will the free transfers work?

The two-hour period begins upon the first boarding of a trip, when a TAP card is tapped to pay the 1-Way Fare.  The customer must tap their card upon each subsequent boarding during the trip; the TAP system will recognize if the customer is within the two-hour transfer window and is making a valid transfer covered by the 1-Way Trip.

The number of transfers within the two-hour window is not limited; as an example, a customer could transfer from bus line 20 to the Red Line to the Blue Line to the Green Line, all with payment of a 1-Way Trip, as long as the last transfer occurs within two hours of the first tap.

But transfers back to the same bus or rail line where the customer’s TAP card was last used are not permitted. For example,  the customer may not,  transfer from the Green Line back to the Green Line, or from bus line 20 back to Line 20; a new 1-Way Fare would be deducted from the Stored Value on the card.

As mentioned, trips lasting longer than two hours can be made on the 1-Way Trip fare, as long as the last transfer is made before the two-hour transfer window expires.

Are all student fares frozen?

No. Only Student K-12 fares are frozen at this time; their single fare price ($1) and 30-Day Pass ($24) will remain the same. Fares for College/Vocational students are not included in the freeze. The College/Vocational fare (1-Ride Base Fare or 1-Way Trip) is now $1.75, and the 30-Day Pass is now $43.

How will transfers work on Metro short lines?

Customers purchasing a 1-Way Trip receive two hours of transfers to complete a one-way trip. If traveling on a bus short line, transfers will be permitted from the bus short line to another bus on the same line to continue a trip in the same direction.

What about transfers between Metro and other municipal operators (Metro-to-Muni)?

Metro fares do not cover other municipal carriers (e.g. Foothill Transit, Torrance Transit, Montebello Bus Lines, etc.), but Metro-to-Muni transfers will still be available. They can be purchased from TAP vending machines or onboard buses, and are valid for two hours after purchase.

 

How will interagency transfers work with the new transfer system? 

A customer transferring from other municipal bus carriers (e.g. Foothill Transit, Torrance Transit, Montebello Bus Lines, etc.) will need to purchase an Interagency transfer onboard that line, and submit it as payment when boarding a Metro bus or train.  Interagency transfers can be issued as paper passes, “Limited Use” paper TAP cards, or loaded directly onto the customer’s plastic TAP card.  Regardless of the form in which the Interagency transfer is issued, it is only good for one transfer from a municipal bus line to a Metro bus or train. Interagency transfers are treated as a 1-Ride Base Fare and are not eligible for the 2 hours of transfers on Metro.  Customers boarding with an Interagency transfer and planning to ride more than one Metro bus or train should purchase another Metro fare to avoid getting a citation or fine.

Do the new fares affect the Metrolink monthly pass?

No. These changes only apply to Metro. They do not affect Metrolink tickets and passes that include transfers to Metro.

Please click here to see the entire Q&A, which also includes information about the Silver to Silver program, how to get a TAP card and

Here are the new Silver Line fares: 

Metro Fares
As of 9/15/14
Regular Senior 62+/
Disabled/
Medicare
College/
Vocational
Student K-12
Silver Line Cash Fares
1-Ride Base Fare
No transfers included.Additional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Express Buses
$2.50 $1.35
Peak
95¢
Off-Peak
$2.50 $2.50
On TAP
1-Way Trip
Includes transfers to other Metro Lines for up to two hours to complete a one-way trip.Additional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Express Buses
$2.50 $1.35
Peak
95¢
Off-Peak
$2.50 $2.50
Premium Charge for 7-Day, 30-Day and EZ transit passAll other Metro passes accepted without premium charge. 75¢
Express Freeway Premium Charge
Express + Zone 1
Premium Charge

Additional fare required only on freeway segments.
75¢ 60¢ 75¢ 75¢

And here are the new EZ Pass fares:

Metro Fares
As of 9/15/14
Regular Senior 62+/
Disabled/
Medicare
College/
Vocational
Student K-12
EZ transit passIncludes:
•All Metro servicesAdditional charges apply to ride:
• Metro Silver Line
• Metro Express Buses
• Non-Metro express buses
$110 $42
EZ transit pass + Zone 1Includes:
• All Metro servicesAdditional charges apply to ride:
• Non-Metro express buses that leave Los Angeles County
$132 $51.50
EZ transit pass + Zone 2 $154       $61
EZ transit pass + Zone 3 $176 $70.50
EZ transit pass + Zone 4 $198 $80
EZ transit pass + Zone 5 $220 $89.50
EZ transit pass + Zone 6 $242 $99
EZ transit pass + Zone 8 $286 $118
EZ transit pass + Zone 9 $308 $127.50
EZ transit pass + Zone 10 $330 $137
EZ transit pass + Zone 11 $352 $146.50

For more information about ordering an EZ Pass, agencies that participate in the pass and discounts, please click here.

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Metro Presents: Môfo bringing Brazilian dance music to Union Station

Mark your calendars: Metro Presents Môfo, the only band in Los Angeles that plays in the traditional “pé de serra” style of forró. (Forró–pronounced fo-HAW–is accordion-driven, hip-swiveling dance music originating from the northeast of Brazil.) Check out the video above for a sample of forró sound from a flash mob in Germany.

The band will play in the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, August 22. There will be dance instruction offered at 8 and 9 p.m. and Môfo will play two 45-minute sets beginning at 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The performance is free and dancing is welcome!

Let us know you’re going to the event by RSVP-ing on Facebook. You can get to Union Station via Metro Bus, Rail and several municipal buses. Find routes and connections with Trip Planner. Directions and parking info are also available at metro.net/unionstation.

Take Metro’s Dodger Stadium Express to Paul McCartney show Sunday

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And the answer is yes: Metro’s Dodger Stadium Express bus service is running Sunday night to the sold-out Paul McCartney concert at the ballpark. The bus between Union Station and Dodger Stadium is free to those holding a ticket to the show.

This is McCartney’s first show at Dodger Stadium since the Beatles played there August 28, 1966. Expect a huge crowd and the usual parking hassles that go with it.

The basics:

BOARDING LOCATION

  • Board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.
  • Service leaves Union Station every 5 to 10 minutes, starting at 5 p.m. (the show begins at 8 p.m.). Metro recommends arriving early; crowds will be heavier closer to the concert start time.
  • Your concert ticket is good for the Dodger Stadium Express fare*; otherwise, regular Metro fares apply.
  • 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 concert ending.
  • Note: All Dodger Stadium Express vehicles are wheelchair accessible.

Parking at Union Station is $6. Union Station is also served by many Metro and municipal bus lines and Metro Rail’s Red, Purple and Gold lines, as well as Metrolink and Amtrak.

The last Purple Line train from Union Station is 11:47 p.m. Sunday. The last Red Line train from Union Station to North Hollywood leaves at 12:12 a.m.

The last Gold Line train from Union Station to Pasadena leaves at 12:12 a.m. The last Gold Line train from Union Station to East Los Angeles leaves at 12:12 a.m.

To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Trip Planner, Google Transit or call 323.GO.METRO. 

And for those who have never seen footage from the ’66 Beatles show:

That was their second-to-last concert — the last show was in San Francisco — until the Beatles popped up on a London rooftop in Jan. 1969, the year before their formal breakup:

A great one from McCartney’s Wings days (if you grew up in the 1970s, Wings and the Beatles were more or less on the radio constantly), played on Jimmy Kimmel in Hollywood last fall:

 

Go Metro Weekends, August 8 − 10

Breathing fire for a captive audience at Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Salina Canizales via Flickr/CC.

Breathing fire at Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Salina Canizales via Flickr/CC.

It’s summer, so take a vacation from traffic with one or more of the following transit-accessible events happening across our beloved City of Angels.

Friday

Join Metro Presents for free live music this Friday evening in the Union Station waiting room. The California Feetwarmers are known for their unique blend of New Orleans Jazz, ragtime and swing. Two free 45-minute performances start at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and dancing is encouraged! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station, or various Metro and municipal buses serving Patsaouras Transit Plaza.)

For lovers of horror and film history: don’t miss the Universal Monster Mash triple bill at the Egyptian Theatre! See Tod Browning’s Dracula, Arthur Lubin’s Phantom of the Opera, and George Waggner’s The Wolf Man starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 general admission, $7 for members and $9 for students and seniors with ID. (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.)

Saturday

Discover how summer is celebrated in Japan at the Natsumatsuri Family Festival hosted by the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. This free event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is packed with exciting and educational activities for children. (For the full itinerary, visit the festival webpage.) Present your valid TAP card and receive $2 off adult admission and 10 percent 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.)

Boyle Heights restaurant Un Solo Sol Kitchen has organized a free musical event this Saturday in Mariachi Plaza, in honor of their 4th anniversary in business. The concert runs from noon to 10 p.m. and features DJs as well as local hip hop groups. Food will be offered at the restaurant, across East 1st Street. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza or Metro Bus 30 or 620 to 1st/Boyle.)

If you’re seeing Jenny Lewis at the Wiltern (we’re jealous!) don’t forget that the Purple Line to Wilshire/Western is a great way to go! There is no maintenance schedule on the Red/Purple Line this Saturday night, which means trains will run every 10 minutes throughout the evening.

This Saturday is also the third and final Chinatown Summer Nights of 2014. From food to music, art and dancing, there’s something for everyone at this event that is fast becoming a staple of Summer in Northeast LA. Hop on the Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station or various Metro and municipal buses serving Chinatown.

Sunday

Olvera Street hosts the 14th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and features traditional Ecuadorian music and dance, carnival booths, a raffle, and of course, plenty of food and products for purchase. (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station.)

How has film shaped narratives about veterans’ experiences, and are these representations changing? Celluloid Soldiers: Veterans through Hollywood’s Lens, a panel at the L.A. Central Library, will ask just that question of panelists Kirby Dick, Jean Oppenheimer, and Brayden Yoder. The panel is free to attend and runs from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station.)

After Un Solo Sol’s party on Saturday, Mariachi Plaza will see a second anniversary celebration this Sunday: the Libros Schmibros “Feliz Aniversario” fiesta. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., an entry fee of $5 gets you music, horchata, tres leches cake, a year-long membership to the lending library and three books of your choice to keep. Sounds like fun — and a great deal! Go Metro and receive a free bookmark to boot. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza or Metro Bus 30 or 620 to 1st/Boyle.)

All Weekend

Unique LA is back this Saturday and Sunday at the California Market Center in the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles, with their annual summer mart of entirely made-in-LA products. Shop local artists, designers, and vendors. Entry is $10 for both days, and comes with free drinks and snacks from festival partners. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station or Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro.)

Theater enthusiasts take note: this Friday and Saturday are the last two days of Redcat’s New Original Works Festival in downtown L.A.. Go Metro and receive 20 percent off tickets. For more info and how to get there, see our earlier Source Post.

Did we miss something? Let us know where you’re taking Metro this weekend in our comments section.

Go Metro to the LA Taco Festival and save on an All You Can Eat Taco Pass

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The LA Taco Festival takes place Saturday, August 16 at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights and we’re salivating already!

From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy live music by local bands, entertainment, and a variety of tacos from the best vendors in East LA–all in one place. The event is open to the public. Tacos may be purchased a la cart for $4 each, or go all out with the $20 All You Can Eat Pass and feast on an unlimited supply of tacos!

And taco lovers who are Metro riders are in luck — show your valid TAP card at the Taco Fest ticket booth and save 10% on the All You Can Eat Pass. Please note that beverages and desserts are not included in the pass.

Getting to Mariachi Plaza on the Metro Gold Line couldn’t be easier. Just hop on an East LA-bound train to Mariachi Plaza Station and you’re there. Google Transit or Trip Planner can help you find your best route. Make sure to load up your TAP cards with enough cash fare for a round-trip or a Day Pass when starting your trip so you won’t have to wait in line at the TAP Vending Machines later on!