Valentine’s Day sale at Metro store!

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For a limited time, save 10% at the Metro Store

Share the love. Find the perfect gift for your Valentine at the Metro Store. Choose from a classic Metro logo stainless steel tumbler or a stylish rhinestone t-shirt and so much more. Enjoy 10% off your next purchase at the Metro Store with promo code LOVEMETRO. Place your order by February 7th to receive your item in time for Valentine’s Day. Offer valid from February 6, 2014 through February 7, 2014.

Shop now at metro.net/metrostore.

*Offer valid on the purchase items in the Metro Store online store atwww.metro.net/metrostore from February 6, 2014, 12:01 am PT through February 7, 2014, 11:59 pm PT. Offer cannot be applied to previous purchases and cannot be redeemed for cash or used in combination with any other offers. To redeem online, enter code LOVEMETRO in the promo code box at checkout. Limit one code per order. Valid in the U.S. only. Terms of offer are subject to change.

8 days left before Jamzilla…who you gonna call?

Disclaimer: the above video is a dramatization. Actually calling 511 may result in a different experience.

Southern California 511 – the free traveler information service that provides traffic updates via phone or web – has launched a new feature to keep Southern California drivers up to date during Jamzilla, the 80-hour paving operation scheduled for Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 14-18 in the Sepulveda Pass.

Call 511 on your phone or smart phone during President’s Day Weekend and, after the automated answer, say “Jamzilla” to receive information on the I-405 closure or say “traffic” to receive frequently updated information on traffic on nearby freeways that feed into the Sepulveda Pass area. Updates will include freeway traffic drive times, freeway speeds and SigAlerts. Similar information will appear on the website go511.com, which also includes a real-time traffic map.

P.S. Don’t forget about the Jamzilla live chat scheduled for this Friday! We promise, no roaring over the keyboard.

Go Metro to check out the new exhibition at the USC Pacific Asia Museum

Setting up the installation Jiu Jin Shan. The tracks beneath are on loan from Metro. Photo courtesy of USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Setting up the installation Jiu Jin Shan. The tracks beneath are on loan from Metro. Photo courtesy of USC Pacific Asia Museum.

The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America exhibition opens at the USC Pacific Asia Museum this Friday. The exhibition presents a collection of visual narratives about the Chinese and Mexican immigrant experiences, and one of the installations features pieces of Metro rail.

Artist Hung Liu’s Jiu Jin Shan (Old Gold Mountain) installation, made of more than 100,000 fortune cookies over a railroad track, pays tribute to the Chinese migrant workers who lost their lives building the railroad. To complete this installation, the artist borrowed spare rail panels (tracks) from Metro.

Check out this installation and the rest of the exhibition via Metro. Ride the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, then walk 1 block south on Arroyo Parkway, then 4 blocks east on Union. You can also take Metro Bus 264/267 to Los Robles/Union.

The exhibition will be on display from Feb. 7 – July 20. The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is $10.

Join Mike the Poet for a free Valentine’s evening art tour on the Gold Line


This Valentine’s Day, take a sunset art tour and fall in love with Metro. The free one night only tour looks at artworks in the Metro system through the lens of poet Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet, a third-generation Los Angeles native who is known for his poetry performances, writings and unique city tours blending poetry and history.

General Information

The tour takes place on Friday, Feb.14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tour will depart from the information booth at the Alameda Street entrance to Union Station at 5:30 p.m.

The tour ends at Kings Row Gastropub in Old Pasadena at 7 p.m. Tour participants can save $5 on their meal there by showing their valid TAP card to the cashier.

The tour is approximately 90% walking. There are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.

Public restrooms are available at Union Station.

Get ready for LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest, taking place Feb. 14 – 16

Has Jamzilla got you bummed out about making Valentine’s weekend plans? Just because we’re asking you to eliminate unnecessary auto trips and avoid the Sepulveda Pass area doesn’t mean you can’t still get out and have some fun. Go Metro during the weekend of Feb. 14 – 16 and participate in the LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest.

Details about rules of entry and prizes will be posted next week. In the meantime, here’s a brief introduction to the ones who will be judging this photo contest. Happy Friday, all!

Friday Five: Insta-roundup, Jan. 31

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.

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You, Metro and the Super Bowl

As the holy grail of all sports weekends is upon us, plenty of football aficionados will be scrambling for a viewing party or event to enjoy the finale of the 2013 NFL season. For those who are either Bronco or Seahawk fans, congratulations on getting this far and good luck!

For those who don’t want to deal with driving on Sunday night — let’s face it, a lot of people are going to be drinking — please consider taking Metro. Also keep in mind that law enforcement around our region is keenly aware that a lot of people will be driving home from watch parties on Sunday evening.

Our buses and trains serve downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and many parts of town with a high concentration of sports bars and such (Old Pasadena, Santa Monica, downtown Long Beach, etc.)

The Metro system map is below and here’s the link to our map and timetable page. Please keep in mind that buses and trains will be operating on their usual Sunday schedule.

Click above for a larger version.

Click above for a larger version.

Be safe, have fun and GO ‘HAWKS! (I wouldn’t dare to root for a division rival, especially since they sent my Chargers home!)

Go Metro Weekends, Jan 31 − Feb 2

Happy Friday Source readers and mass transit riders!

On the horizon: Chinese New Year, Superbowl Sunday, and a host of other cultural, comedic, and sporting events happening across the city. It’s looking like a busy weekend ahead, and Metro can get you to the heart of the action with ease.

Below, our weekly list of transit-adjacent fun for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Friday

Metro Presents free salsa music at Union Station. LA Picante will perform inside the gorgeous, art deco-style Fred Harvey Room (usually closed to the the public) from 6 – 8 p.m. and there will be a mini-dance lesson at 6:45 p.m. If you get hungry for salsa you can eat, El Pueblo de Los Angeles is just across Alameda Street with numerous eateries to cure your craving. (Metro Gold, Red, Purple, or Silver Line, or various downtown buses, to Union Station).

The L.A. Lakers take on the Charlotte Bobcats at the Staples Center. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.; ticket prices vary. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Saturday

Baraka and Samsara at the Egyptian Theatre. Shot in 25 countries and five continents, these meditative, visually-awesome, 70 mm films by director/cinematographer Ron Fricke were made for the big screen. Baraka starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets range from $7 – $11. A discussion with producer Mark Magidson will occur between movies. (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.)

The L.A. Kings take on the Philadelphia Flyers, and the L.A. Clippers play the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center. Puck drops at 1:00 p.m. Clippers take on the Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Metro riders can save 10% on official merchandise at the L.A. Clippers Team Store and the L.A. Kings Team Store with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

John Oliver visits L.A. If you miss him on the Daily Show, catch the British comedian’s standup routine at 8 p.m. at the Wiltern Theater. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Purple Line or Metro Rapid 720, 757, or 710 to Wilshire/Western Station.)

Sunday

Go Metro on Superbowl Sunday. If you’re watching the Superbowl out on the town, Metro is a safe, hassle-free alternative to driving.

Secret Stairs of the Hollywood Hills. Get some exercise before you start in on the Superbowl chips n’ dip–best selling author and city stair aficionado Charles Flemming will lead a free tour of the secret stairs of the Hollywood Hills, including Hollywood history, celebrity homes, and a visit to the bat cave. Meet at the Ferndell entrance to Griffith Park at 10 a.m. and be back around noon. The walk is approximately three miles. (Metro Red Line or Rapid 757 to Hollywood/Western Station, walk north on Western to Ferndell – be warned: it’s uphill – or catch Metro Bus 207 at Hollywood/Western and take it one stop to Western/Franklin. From there it’s about a six minute walk north on Western to Ferndell.)

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA. If “football” to you means Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain, you’ll want to check out the opening day of LACMA’s new exhibit examining soccer and its significance to people around the world on the eve of the 2014 World Cup. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sundays; tickets range from $10 – $15. Metro riders can save $2 on general admission with valid TAP card. (Metro Rapid 720, Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Fairfax, or Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 217 to Fairfax/Wilshire.)

All weekend

Celebrate the Year of the Horse! There are numerous free events happening in Chinatown this Saturday and Sunday for the Lunar New Year. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station or Metro Gold, Red, or Purple Line to Union Station and walk 10 minutes north on Alameda to Chinatown.)

L.A. Art Book Fair at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary. Browse or shop artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Entry to the fair is free. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m. Metro riders can receive 2-for-1 admission to MOCA with valid TAP card if you want to check out the museum too. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, or Metro Bus 30, 330 or 40 to 1st/San Pedro.)

Metro Presents: free salsa performance at Union Station Jan. 31

Photo courtesy of LA Picante.

Photo courtesy of LA Picante.

Metro Presents will bring salsa band LA Picante to historic Union Station on Friday, January 31. The band will play from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. as part of Metro’s ongoing program of creative arts and entertainment at the iconic station. The performance will take place inside the Fred Harvey Room, a space that is usually closed to the public.

The performance is free to the public and dancing is welcome. There will be a free mini-dance lesson around 6:45 p.m.

Event Details:
Friday, January 31, 2014
Two 45-minute sets beginning at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Union Station Fred Harvey Room
800 North Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Founded in 2005, LA Picante plays a celebrated blend of classic salsa, collectively drawing from years of experience playing with the top Latin jazz and salsa groups in Los Angeles. Band members hail from Cuba, Colombia, Argentina and the U.S. Fiery classics by Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades and many more fill out the group’s repertoire!

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

Go Metro to Chinatown and celebrate the Year of the Horse

Photo: Luke Ma via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo: Luke Ma via Flickr Creative Commons

This weekend, take the Metro Gold Line to Chinatown to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

The Golden Dragon Parade takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m. Get a front row spot to cheer on the floats, decked-out cars, dancers and bands as they travel through the heart of Chinatown with Grand Marshal Mayor Eric Garcetti. Please note that some buses will be detouring through the area due to the parade, check the Service Advisories page for details.

In addition to the usual Chinese New Year Festival taking place in Central and West Plazas (943-951 N. Broadway), there will be two new satellite locations this year: Downtown Flea will bring their popular craft market to 727 N. Hill Street and Central Plaza, while 643 North and Caveman Vintage Music will present the Spring Festival, a food and music experience, at 643 N. Spring Street.

The Chinese New Year Festival at 727 N. Hill and in Central and West Plazas will take place from 12 – 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Spring Festival at 643 N. Spring will run on Saturday only from 4 – 10 p.m. All events are open to the public.

To reach the festivals, take the Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or connect via the Gold, Red and Purple Line at Union Station and walk north on Alameda Street to Chinatown. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Metro will operate on normal weekend schedule, but additional train cars will be added to accommodate expected crowds.