New Metro Motion talks issues important to life itself … and, more importantly, it’s now in high def

Metro’s popular quarterly cable television show is for the first time in high definition so that those beautiful buses look even better than before. Trains, too. And of course the 30-minute show is filled with interesting stories about how transit is impacting our growing region, as well as suggestions for adventures we can take along the way.

Join the hunt for world class Korean food and find it just steps from the Purple Line. Meet the senior citizens squad that’s taking Metro buses and trains by storm. Chat with new Metro Board Chair Lakewood Council Member Diane DuBois. Find out where BRT comes from and celebrate the daddy — or is it mommy? — of the Orange Line. And finally, take a trip on two wheels along the Arroyo Seco bikeway and meet a dancing burrito.

Metro Motion runs quarterly on cable stations throughout Los Angeles County.

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 27 – 29

Fried delicious balls of joy, available at the Feast of L.A.! Photo: Feast of L.A. Facebook

Fried delicious balls of joy, available at the Feast of L.A.! Photo: Feast of L.A. Facebook

This weekend, feast on the best of Italian cuisine at the Italian Feast of San Gennaro. Besides food, there will be live music, performances, rides, games and more. The event spans Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. all three days and will take place on Hawthorne Avenue between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. Go Metro and save $1 on admission. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Friday and Saturday, check out the West Coast Expo at the L.A. Convention Center. The free expo takes place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Go Metro and save up to 50% to the Lights, Camera, Runway! Fashion Show and to the “Back to School: Back to Business” Step Show. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line or Bus 81 to Figueroa/12th)

EarthFest LA is back in town to talk about greener, healthier living on Saturday. The event takes place at West Los Angeles College in Culver City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids activities and Environmental Expo are free to attend, but tickets are required for the concerts. Show your TAP card at the EarthFest LA info booth and receive a free CD by one of the featured artists. (Metro Rapid 733 to Jefferson/Overland, transfer to Culver City Bus 3)

Seems like Chinatown is getting a lot of screen time lately – catch it on the big screen again, this time at the Natural History Museum’s Garland Amphitheatre. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and is free to the public, but space is limited. Can’t RSVP? Visit Becoming L.A. instead – but  if you’re heading out for the exhibit only, you’ll need to pay admission. However, Metro can help you save $1.25. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC)

Tea lovers unite at the L.A. International Tea Festival! The event takes place at the Japanese American National Museum this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $15. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

A reminder: LAX’s first art walk happening this Saturday and Sunday, 5 – 7 p.m. (Metro Green Line to Aviation/LAX Station or Metro Bus 40, 102 to the LAX Transit Center)


‘Station to Station’ art train stopping at Union Station this Thursday

STS – LOS ANGELES from Station to Station on Vimeo.

So much good stuff happening at Union Station!

This Thursday, L.A. artist Doug Aitken and his art train project Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening will arrive in Los Angeles for a one-night only event that should not be missed. Station to Station starts at Union Station at 6:30 p.m. and the event lasts until 11 p.m.

Unfortunately the concert is already sold out, but you can still come by and check out the amazing art yurts and sculptures available for public viewing outside of the ticketed area. Artists will be producing art in real time and some of the pieces are also interactive. They will be located in the Union Station South Patio.

Photo of the Station to Station crew setting up.

The art train itself is currently located at Union Station Track 14, drop by to check it out! The lights show up after it gets dark.

To get to Union Station, take the Red, Purple or Gold Line or any of several Metro of municipal buses. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections. Bicycle parking is also available on site. If you’re a commuter who catches Metrolink after work, try and see if you can’t catch a later train. This event is well worth sticking around to see.

Look who’s traveling on Metro to DTLA!

Great video brought to our attention by Twitter follower @generasianx. Video summary: adorable kid takes transit to explore DTLA. Click play and brighten up 7 minutes of your day.

Get ready to see Santa Monica “glow” this Saturday

Gorgeous shot of Santa Monica Pier. Wait until Glow really lights it up! Photo: szeke via Flickr Creative Commons

Gorgeous shot of Santa Monica Pier. Wait until Glow really lights it up! Photo: szeke via Flickr Creative Commons

Santa Monica Pier is set to light up the night again with Glow on Saturday, September 28. Taking place from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. the next morning, the heart of Santa Monica will be transformed into a massive outdoor museum with 15 site-specific, interactive art projects that will illuminate the pier and beach. The event is free and open to the public.

While you’re in the area, check out the restaurants, spas and salons offering extended hours and special packages to celebrate the event.

Walking and biking are the best ways to get to Glow. Three bike valets will be operating free of charge: in Palisades Park, just south of the Pier in Hot Dog on a Stick’s parking lot, and in the parking lot west of Crescent Bay Park. The Bike Center at Colorado and 2nd Street will also be open late for bike rentals, repairs and valet.

To get there via Metro, take Metro Bus 20, 33 or Rapid 733 to Colorado/Ocean, or Metro Bus 4 to Broadway/Ocean. Bikes racks are available on all Metro buses. And remember – if you’re planning to stay until 3 a.m., not all of these buses run 24 hours. Here are the ones that do.

Go Metro to Rediscover the “Heart of L.A.” at CicLAvia Sunday, Oct. 6

Here’s something to cure your post-summer blues: after three long months, CicLAvia is back this Oct. 6, allowing bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and others the rare opportunity to explore miles of L.A. city streets sans cars.

The planned “Heart of L.A.” route consists of 7.5 miles of protected roadways in downtown Los Angeles that will be open to the public for free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spurs branching from MacArthur Park, Central/14th Place, Chinatown, and Mariachi Plaza will converge along Spring Street, so bring your running shoes, roller blades, or unicycles (seriously!) and retread the route that started it all.

While the course includes 12 crossing points for vehicular traffic, street closures will impact Metro Bus routes beginning 9 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. Sunday evening.  Metro bus lines impacted by CicLAvia are: 2, 4, 10/48, 14/37, 16, 18, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, 45, 51/52, 53, 55, 60, 62, 66, 70, 71, 76, 78/79, 83, 84/68, 92, 96, 460, 487, 603, 720, 733, 745, and Metro Silver Line. Metro passengers should expect bus detours and delays, including temporary bus stop relocations along the route.

To avoid delays due to street closures, and for a CicLAvia that’s auto-free from start to finish, customers are encouraged to go Metro to any of the eleven Metro Rail stations along the event route. Enhanced service with longer and more frequent trains is planned to accommodate increased ridership.

Don’t forget, gates at Metro Rail stations are now latched and customers must have a valid TAP card and TAP before boarding every line. Avoid long lines at TAP vending machines by loading fare or a pass on your TAP card in advance. One-way fare is $1.50 per line or $5 for a Day Pass. Bicyclists should use the wider ADA fare gates and NOT the turnstiles or emergency exit swing gates. Additionally, bikes are prohibited on escalators, and should be transported instead via elevators or stairs at all rail stations.

For more information on routes and connections, use the Trip Planner or call 323.GO.METRO.

By the way, Metrolink will have two Bike Cars on select Antelope Valley, San Bernardino, Orange County Line trains. The trains with two Bike Cars are listed in the schedule below. These Bike Cars are designed to hold 18 bikes each and space will be limited to a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you’re planning on attending, take lots of photos and tweet us @metrolosangeles or tag us on Instagram @metrolosangeles. We love photos of bikes on transit!

Bus riders, be on the look out for Phil Dunphy…

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Back in season 3, Modern Family took on Metro Rail. Now they’re trying to get the attention of bus riders…so be on the lookout for Phil Dunphy on a bus bench near you! These benches are scattered around L.A. County and we want to know which buses pass by them. If you see one, let us know which bus you saw it from on Twitter @metrolosangeles, or snap a photo and tag @metrolosangeles on Instagram.

For more picture-taking fun, head to the Santa Monica Pier tomorrow and take a photo with Claire and Phil Dunphy cutouts. The cutouts will be located west of the Playland Arcade and before the police station between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. To get to the Santa Monica Pier, hop on the Metro Rapid 733 or Metro Bus 20 to Colorado/Ocean. Metro Bus 4 also stops nearby at Broadway/Ocean.

Finally, try calling 1-866-5DUNPHY – totally hilarious.