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).

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.