March 18 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day!

Thank You cards you can print out and personalize! From

Thank You cards you can print out and personalize! From

Join transit riders in cities across the nation tomorrow, March 18, for Transit Driver Appreciation Day. Because let’s face it: operating a bus or train is no easy task and no one’s getting rich doing it.

Operators have to keep a schedule, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces!

However, it is easy to show your appreciation for the hard-working men and women who operate our buses and trains.

  • Smile and wave when you board the bus or train, and say “thank you” when you leave.
  • Print out and personalize a thank-you card to show your appreciation in person.
  • Submit an official commendation via for a job well done, so your operators can be formally recognized for their efforts.

You can also share your appreciation with us via social media! Use the hashtag #LoveMetroLA when posting on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and let us know which operators have made your travels better.

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so here’s your reminder: don’t drink and drive

Mmmm, St. Patrick's Day. Photo: Frosted with Emotion via Flickr Creative Commons

Mmmm, St. Patrick’s Day. Photo: Frosted with Emotion via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s nearly time for that annual bacchanal of green libations: St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re planning on starting the party this weekend, please keep in mind that drinking and driving is a terrible idea. It’s all fun and games until you get that $10k ticket — or worse.

Let Metro be your designated driver. Plenty of festivities are Metro accessible and Metro Rail runs until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

On St. Patrick’s Day, go Metro to Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. The event spans three city blocks and is located near Pershing Square Station and 7th/Metro Center. It starts at 6 a.m. — for the truly, uh, ambitious — and admission is free until 1 p.m. and $10 after. Plus, you can save 15% on food at Casey’s (and Cole’s French Dip) with your TAP card.

Metro Rail will run regularly scheduled weekday service on Monday, March 17. Maintenance work in the evening has been cancelled in anticipation of increased ridership. The last trains generally end around midnight. Check Metro’s timetables for exact bus and train schedules and maps and you can plan your transit trip using either the planner at top right of the page on or Google Transit.

Celebrate Pi Day by getting some pie via Metro

Mmm, pecan pie on a pi plate. Photo: kimberlykv via Flickr Creative Commons

Mmm, pecan pie on a pi plate. Photo: kimberlykv via Flickr Creative Commons

Today is Pi Day, and it’s a wonderful day to discuss the number’s significance and compete to see who can recall the highest number of decimal places. (I get to 3.14159 and I’m good.) It’s also a great excuse to eat some pie. Here are a few recommendations from our Twitter followers for good pie places. And tell us your favorite places to get pie!

And Urth Caffe is in that area too, and they have pretty good pies.

But now I want earl grey pie!

Sounds like a country made of pie. I like it!

I honestly did not know Phillippe’s sold pie! Very excited about this.

By the way, there’s also House of Pies in Los Feliz. You can get there via Metro Bus 180 to Franklin/Vermont, or walk north on Vermont Avenue from the Vermont/Sunset Red Line Station.

Go Metro Weekends, March 14 − 16

TAP and Save 50% on screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A with the cast and creative team of your favorite show at PaleyFest 2014. Image curtsey of the Paley Center for Media.

TAP and save 50% on screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A with the cast and creative team of your favorite show at PaleyFest 2014…including the Mad Men cast! Image courtesy of the Paley Center for Media.

Happy Friday Source readers and mass transit riders! Still not sure of your plans for this weekend? Chose from our list of events and take your weekend from good to great.

You know the drill: half of the following activities are free to attend, and all are easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail. At some events, score an exclusive Destination Discount simply by showing your valid TAP card!


ArtNight Pasadena. 6-10 p.m., FREE. Participating museums and cultural centers keep their doors open late for an evening of art, music, and entertainment. Metro riders with valid TAP cards receive special perks/discounts from many ArtNight venues. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or various Metro buses serving Old Pasadena.)

Horrible Movie Night at Meltdown Comic’s Nerdist Showroom. 9 p.m., $8 in advance or $10 at the door. This month’s movie is Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984) hosted by John Mathot (Disney’s Phineas & Ferb) and Susan Wright (The Because Show podcast). There will also be standup comedy, free popcorn, and lots of yelling at the screen (viewers win prizes for the best roasts). Your TAP card saves you 10% on Meltdown Purchases. (Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Gardner or Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, then walk approximately 20 minutes south on Highland, west on Sunset to Meltdown Comics.)

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Go Metro to Lucha Reyes street dedication and Mariachi concert Saturday, March 15

This Saturday, Councilmember José Huizar will host a street dedication ceremony and free community concert at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. The event can easily be reached from the Gold Line Mariachi Plaza Station and starts at 1 p.m.

The dedication of Avenida Lucha Reyes at Mariachi Plaza’s Bailey Street is in honor of legendary Mexican Ranchera singer and cultural icon Lucha Reyes. As part of the celebration, ranchero Mexican singer Ezequiel Peña, “El Nuevo Charro de México,” will headline a free community concert.

“As an artist, Lucha Reyes had few equals. As a woman who forged her own trail in a male-dominated genre, she is an inspiration to this day,” said Councilmember Huizar. “This dedication and concert is a reminder of her contributions and a chance for the community to come together and celebrate the life and legacy of Lucha Reyes, as well as the improvements occurring in Boyle Heights.”

The ribbon cutting for the street dedication will take place at 3 p.m.

Go Metro Weekends, March 7-9

Welcome to Go Metro Weekends where we try to keep your weekends, wallets and bellies full! There are quite a few free events this weekend so you can keep some change in your pocket!


Head down to Abbott Kinney’s First Friday for a free performing arts show showcasing Women’s History Month at the Electric Lounge. “High Voltage” will include Genevieve Carson, Angelina Labate’s and Honey Almazar. Performances kick off at 7 p.m. (Metro Rapid 733 to Venice/Abbott Kinney, Bus 33 also runs 24 hours.)


Saturday also happens to be International Women’s Day. Head out and enjoy Rock, Rap and Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons and War. The free event takes place at  2 p.m. at MacArthur Park. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station)

Former Jamie Foxx Show star Garrett Morris is hosting a comedy and Blues show in Leimert Park! Stop by the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. (Metro Bus 40 to Crenshaw/Homeland)


Hear ye, hear ye, your reminder that Daylight Saving Time starts! Make sure to turn that clock forward!

The L.A. Marathon is this Sunday! There are plenty of spots to view the race and Metro can definitely assist . Check here for bus detours and more information regarding the free shuttle that will run between the Culver City Expo Line Station and Santa Monica.

All Weekend

The Return of It Came From Venice! art show will be running until March 15. On Saturday, there will be poetry and dance at Sponto Gallery starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free! (Metro Rapid 733 to Main/Marine)

Exclusive perks for Metro riders at ArtNight Pasadena March 14

The spring edition of ArtNight Pasadena is coming up!

On Friday, March 14 many of Pasadena’s museums and cultural institutions–including the Norton Simon Museum, The Armory Center for the Arts, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum–will stay open late, from 6 – 10 p.m., for an evening of arts, music, and entertainment. As always, event admission and activities will be free.

The popular event saw 14,000 people last fall. Parking in the area will vanish fast, but luckily the majority of ArtNight’s participating venues are easily accessible via the Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station and various Metro buses. (See Trip Planner for more routes.) Or you can enjoy ArtNight Pasadena by bike with CICLE. Free shuttles will also loop throughout the evening with stops at each venue, so driving won’t be necessary at all!

Plus, ArtNight Pasadena is a Destination Discount, which means those who show their TAP card, Metro Employee ID, or LA County employee ID will receive exclusive special offers at:

For a full list of participating ArtNight venues, click here.

L.A. City Council votes to limit e-cigarette use in public spaces

Earlier today, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ban the use of e-cigarettes in bars, nightclubs, restaurants and other public places where conventional smoking is prohibited. This means – whether you agree with the ban or not – “vaping” or use of electronic smoking devices would also be prohibited on Metro.

There’s a lot of back and forth on whether second-hand vapor is harmful to others, and if so, to what degree. Personally, I’m not a fan of e-cigarettes — just because you’re not breathing out smoke doesn’t mean you’re not blowing smells at me. (And Metro’s Code of Conduct also has a section on odors.)

If signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the measure would take effect in 30 days. In the meantime, vaping is not encouraged on board Metro or inside Metro stations. You may not be cited by LASD (or you might if the odor is strong enough) but at a minimum you will be asked to be mindful of the other passengers around you and kindly asked to stop. j

Metro Rail gate latching continues this week

Gate latching on the Metro Rail system continues this week as the Mariposa, Aviation and Hawthorne stations on the Green Line are schedule to be latched on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6 a.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies are providing advance notification and patron assistance at the three stations beginning today through Friday, March 7 between the hours of 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

Metro plans to latch the remaining Green Line stations by the end of May. On January 29, the Marine, Douglas and El Segundo Green Line stations were latched. All Metro Red/Purple, Blue and Gold Line stations equipped with gates are now latched. Once all latching is complete, 41 of 80 Metro Rail stations will be latched and turnstiles will not allow entry unless a TAP card with appropriate fare has been tapped at the gate.

TAP is a universal fare media that allows passengers to seamlessly transfer between rail and bus without having to dig into pockets or purses for change. Twelve agencies are currently part of the TAP network including Metro, Metrolink, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (including DASH buses), Access, Antelope Valley, Culver City, Foothill, Gardena, Montebello, Norwalk, Santa Clarita and Torrance.  By the end of 2014, a total of 26 agencies will be part of the TAP network including Long Beach Transit and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus.

Go Metro to the Abilities Expo this weekend

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The annual Abilities Expo began today and despite the adverse weather conditions, plenty of folks still showed to check out the products and services available for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors and healthcare professionals.

The Abilities Expo takes place in the West Hall of the L.A. Convention Center and is open today until 5 p.m. Hours on Saturday are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The expo is free to the public. To get to the convention center, take the Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station or the Silver Line to Figueroa/Pico. Check Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Metro is participating with an information booth, and bus operators who scored high in the wheelchair securement competition of the Metro Bus Roadeo will be there to meet people and answer questions. There are also wheelchair experts ready to attach straps and pre-mark wheelchairs for bus securement, all free of charge.

All of Metro’s buses and trains are ADA accessible and Metro currently boards more than 80,000 wheelchair passengers per month. Metro offers reduced fares to passengers with disabilities. Riders with current Access Service ID cards may ride Metro Bus and Rail at no cost.