Invite Metro to your school

Members of the Metro Speakers Bureau are available this fall to talk with children and young people about careers at Metro. Grade school is not too early to start.

Metro employs bus and train operators, mechanics and maintenance people, clerks, bus and rail transportation and maintenance supervisors, as well as transit planners, security personnel and even artists and marketing and media relations professionals. Topics could include training necessary to qualify for any of these jobs and careers that look best for the future.

If you have questions or would like to request a speaker for your school, email: metrospeaks@metro.net. Speakers are available on a first come, first served basis.

Destination Discount: save on tickets to Eagle Rock Music Festival

eagle rock bike map

Celebrate the 15th annual Eagle Rock Music Festival on Saturday, October 5. The event takes place in the heart of Eagle Rock from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The free community festival features more than 35 bands playing in concert.

Go Metro to save $2 on Supporter tickets and $3 on VIP tickets. Just enter the promo code GOMETROERMF when purchasing tickets online. The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

Supporter tickets include exclusive digital download featuring 22 handpicked tracks from bands playing ERMF this year, and FastTrack Entrance.

VIP tickets exclusive digital download featuring 22 handpicked tracks from bands playing ERMF this year, FastTrack Entrance, access to the VIP area in front of the Center Main Stage, a pair of tickets to an upcoming CFAER show, and ERMF T-Shirt.

The Eagle Rock Music Festival is located on Colorado Boulevard between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Argus Drive in Eagle Rock. Take the Metro local 8184, or 180/181 to Colorado/Eagle Rock. Alternatively, ride your bike from the Gold Line Highland Park Station (see map). Bike valet will be available and bikes are allowed on all Metro buses and trains. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

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.