Take Metrolink to the Los Angeles County Fair

Here's the news release from Metrolink, the regional commuter rail agency funded in part by Metro:

LOS ANGELES – For the 20th consecutive year, Metrolink will offer safe, affordable service directly to the Los Angeles County Fair. On Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of September, Metrolink's San Bernardino Line trains will add a special stop at the Pomona Fairplex after 9:30 a.m. A free shuttle will transport passengers to the main entrance.

Metrolink riders with a monthly pass can ride all Metrolink trains at no additional cost on the weekends. Others can take advantage of the $10 Weekend Pass, which allows them to ride Metrolink trains all weekend long for one low fare. Riders can transfer to and from other Metrolink lines, as well as Metro rail and most buses with the $10 Weekend Pass. The Weekend Pass is valid from 7 p.m. on Friday until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday for system-wide travel. The weekend pass can be purchased at Metrolink ticket vending machines after 7 p.m. on Friday.

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Meet Me @Metro III recap

Watts Village Theatre Company’s artist director Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez sets up for the show.

Photos by Gary Leonard

If you missed Meet Me @Metro this past weekend, you have four more chances left to catch the traveling theatre spectacular. There are shows at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. on both Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2. Tickets are $20 (or whatever amount you can pay for the Saturday 12 p.m. show) and include a Metro day pass and a bag lunch. The journey takes about 3 ½ hours and it’s well worth your time.

Check in or buy your ticket at the East Portal at Union Station. You’ll get a colored wristband assigning you to a group (so you don’t get lost or left behind) and a gold star if you ask for the vegetarian lunch option. You’ll also get a bingo card to play along the trip.

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The art of transit, outer space edition

Buzz Aldrin on the moon; Neil Armstrong and the lunar module are reflected in his mask. Photo by Neil Armstrong/NASA.

The Apollo 11’s lunar module soars over the moon. Photo by NASA.

Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong. The spirit of space exploration and science that Armstrong helped cement lives on strong here in Southern California. The Jet Propulsion Library recently landed the rover Curiosity on Mars and the space shuttle Endeavour is coming to the California Science Center in Exposition Park this fall (Expo Line adjacent, btw); the photo below was taken Aug. 16 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the Endeavour, at left, and the Atlantis were parked nose-to-nose for the final time.

Photo: NASA.

New joint timetable available for regional commuter rail and Amtrak

As you may know, there are a variety of passenger trains rolling throughout Southern California: Metrolink in the L.A. metro area, the Coaster and Sprinter in San Diego County and Amtrak, the national railroad connecting cities in California to the rest of the U.S.

The four different railroads have historically each maintained their own timetables, making it tricky for Jane Citizen to quickly figure out what might be the quickest or most convenient way to take a train from here-to-there.

To remedy that issue, the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridors Agency has created a timetable that covers all four railroads. Neat idea, people! Outside of transit circles, the agency is a bit obscure but their core mission is easy to understand: improve regional rail service.

Here’s the new timetable (pdf download here) with a hat tip to Dana Gabbard at L.A. Streetsblog:

Joint Timetable

Go Metro Weekends, Aug 24 – 26


Get down and dance on Friday with Boogie Nights, showing at the Mosaic in the downtown Arts District. In addition to the movie, there will be a costume contest, trivia, free drinks and sweet treats. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, walk south on Alameda toward 3rd Street)

On Saturday, don’t miss the H2O Festival at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The outdoor concert features two stages and a mix of musicians, including Snoop Dogg, Paulina Rubio and Ozomatli. There will be cash-only food trucks and vendors on site. Tickets start at $25 and are available online. The event opens at 3 p.m. and lasts until 12:30 a.m. Don’t spend money you could be spending on merchandise to park your car, go Metro – the late-night rail service makes it an easy choice. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Sunday is the last concert of the Sounds of Summer series. Dwight Trible will be performing at the Craft and Folk Art Museum courtyard at 6 p.m. The concert is free, but reservations are recommended. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Curson)

Art of transit, take-me-out-to-the-ballgame-on-transit edition

The San Francisco Muni tracks headed toward the home of the San Francisco Giants. Photo by Steven Damron, via Flickr creative commons.

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, as seen from the El’s Addison station. Photo by John Lobel, via Flickr creative commons.

Petco Park in downtown San Diego with the San Diego trolley station in the foreground. Photo by Kevin Baird, via Flickr creative commons.

A Sound Transit commuter train in front of the home of the Seattle Mariners. There’s a commuter rail and light rail station adjacent to the stadium. Photo by Richard Eriksson via Flickr creative commons.

In the morning headlines today, we linked to an L.A. Times article bemoaning the bad traffic at Dodger Stadium. With that in mind, here’s a look at four ballparks in the U.S. that are easy to reach via regional transit systems.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to sourcemetro@gmail.com or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.


Come meet me at Metro


Instead of riding Metro to see a show, let the journey itself be the spectacle! Watts Village Theater Company is putting on their third annual Meet Me @Metro, a traveling theatre event that will be held along the Gold Line on the next two weekends.

Audience members will gather at Union Station in the East Portal, then be guided en masse toward East L.A. Civic Center. Six performances, designed to showcase the history of L.A. culture and art, will be held at four separate stops along the way. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing because audience participation is encouraged!

Meet Me @Metro will take place on the following days and times:

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept.1, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and include a Metro day pass, which means after the show is over you can go explore more of L.A. by Metro. For those on a tighter budget, there are two pay-what-you-will shows: Sunday, Aug. 26 at noon and Saturday, Sept. 1 at noon. Each trip will take approximately 3.5 hours and all ages are welcome.

Get ready to experience the Gold Line in a whole new way! I’ll be attending the very first show on August 25 for those who may be interested in playing “Spot the Metro-ette.”

The art of transit

photo by Gilderic Photography, via Flickr creative commons

In my role as chief Metro blogger, I see an awful lot of escalator photos — and Metro certainly has some big ones — and most of them aren’t very interesting. But every so often I come across one on Flickr that’s pretty good, such as this one from Budapest, taken in 2007. Nice lines and use of the flat but bright light.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to sourcemetro@gmail.com or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.