The art of transit

photo by William Andrews, via submission

William emailed this photo over a few weeks ago — as a summer solstice photo — but I thought it would be nice to run on what promises to be a stinking hot day here in So Cal. The photo was taken in 2002 on on the Bognes-Lødingen Ferry in Norway, which is north of the Arctic Circle. The village of Lødingen is visible in the background. Very nice all-around photo.

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.

Reminder: Angels Express service on Metrolink

Angels Stadium. Photo by Kwong Yee Cheng, via Flickr creative commons.

The Angels return home this Friday night to face the Texas Rangers, who the Angels are chasing in the American League West. The Angels are then home all next week against both Kansas City and Baltimore.

Metrolink continues its Angels Express service, offering round-trips from Union Station to Angels Stadium for $7 for all 7:05 p.m. weeknight games. Trains leave Union Station at 5:50 p.m. and then leave Angels Stadium 30 minutes after the end of the game. On Friday nights, trains leave 45 minutes after the game so fans can watch the fireworks without rushing.

The news release from Metrolink is posted after the jump with all the details.

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Go Metro Weekends, July 13 – 15

Historic Core Farmer’s Market. Photo by Shannon V. via Yelp.

The circus comes to the city as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents DRAGONS at the Staples Center. DRAGONS celebrates the Year of the Dragon with a blend of mythic dragon lore and authentic circus feats. There are shows on Friday at noon and on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Go Metro or Metrolink to “the greatest show on earth” and save $8 on regular admission. Use the promo code TRAIN* if buying tickets online. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/12th. Metrolink connects to Metro through Union Station)

This week’s Eat|See|Hear movie is Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and it’s taking place on Saturday at Bloch Field in San Pedro. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets start at $10. For $20 you can guarantee yourself the best seat in the house even while arriving fashionably late. Max and the Moon will be performing at 7 p.m. and some of the food trucks attending the event include Rebel Bite, Fatmobile and Sweet E’s. (Metro Bus 246 or 450 to Pacific/15th, walk 4 blocks west to the field or Metro Bus 450 to Harbor Beacon Park Ride and transfer to Red Car to Port O’Call Station)

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Metro to run all trains and Orange Line busway until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights!!!

In the nearly three years that I’ve been running this blog, I’m pretty sure the most requested service change from readers has been for more late night rail service, particularly on the weekends.

Metro CEO Art Leahy has decided to do just that. The specifics:

•All Metro Rail lines will run until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. That includes the Red/Purple Line subway, the Blue Line, Expo Line, Green Line and Gold Line.

•Trains will run every 20 minutes between midnight and 2 a.m.

•The Orange Line will run until 2:40 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in order to meet the last trains at the North Hollywood Red Line station. The Orange Line will also run every 20 minutes between midnight and 2:40 a.m.

•The plan at this moment is to begin late-night service on the weekend of July 27-28 but Metro is also working to determine if late night service is needed on the Silver Line, as well as working with Metrolink on the possibility of extending their service to connect with Metro’s.

Metro will provide more details on scheduling later in the month and there will be a considerable p.r. push to let everyone know about the new service. Suffice it to say, this is good news for workers and those going out on weekend nights, whether it’s to restaurants, bars or the many events in the region.

Here’s a statement on the new service from Los Angeles Councilman and Metro Board Member Jose Huizar:

“I’m very pleased that Metro is extending late-night, weekend train service hours to 2 a.m.
In 2008, my office launched a similar, public/private partnership extending Red Line service hours during the winter holidays. Following the popularity of that program, I’ve heard from many people for the need to permanently extend Metro train service hours. In Downtown Los Angeles, Metro’s extended Friday, Saturday evening hours will allow more customers to enjoy the many exciting late-night venues we offer, as well encourage more people to use public transportation.”

The art of transit

photo by Steve Hymon/Metro

I took this one on my recent road trip to Oregon, just north of the California-Oregon border on Route 39. I recently invested in a nice wide-angle lens — a Nikon 10 to 24 mm lens — and this puppy delivers some crisp photos. The light and clouds were perfect on this late afternoon — all I needed was a train to come along. This is apparently a very seldom-used stretch of track.

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.

Metrolink introduces rewards program for riders; businesses throughout region offer patrons exclusive offers

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink has partnered with local businesses near its stations to allow riders to take advantage of discounted goods and services, adding more value to patronage. The program is also a way for Metrolink to support local businesses in the communities it serves.

The campaign, called Metrolink Rewards, offers perks for businesses, including being featured on Metrolink’s site under the corresponding station page and inclusion in Metrolink’s Offers and Promotions monthly marketing newsletter that reaches more than 12,000 subscribers. In exchange, businesses offer Metrolink passengers exclusive discounts.

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Ben & Jerry's now open in Union Station!

If you’re passing through Union Station on this hot and muggy day, grab yourself an icy treat at the brand new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop! It’s located next to Famima! and adjacent to the Amtrak ticket windows.

The waffle cones are made on site, and the tempting smell of them cooking up will definitely lure in passing travelers. You can try free samples of the flavors as well – which proved to be my downfall, as I immediately ordered a scoop of the banana peanut butter frozen greek yogurt after trying it.

Ben & Jerry’s will be open from noon to 8 p.m. every day, making your commute through Union Station just a little bit sweeter.

Wolfpack Hustle: 2012 Midnight Drag Race

From state-champions to local big shots, there are tons of super fast cyclists that claim to be fastest of the fast. However, there’s only one way to settle who’s fit to be throned with the title as the fastest cyclist amongst the chatter of the cycling community, and that readers is through this year’s upcoming Wolfpack Hustle’s Midnight Drag Race.

Wolfpack Hustle, the very same local bike group that raced one of JetBlue’s planes to come out victorious during last year’s Carmageddon, and held one of the biggest underground races in the West Coast of the United States by crashing the L.A. Marathon Course last March, is back in action to thrill the cycling community once more this year.

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dineLA with Metro!

Traxx restaurant at Union Station. Photo by Anna Chen/Metro

dineLA takes place from July 16 – 27 for its first ever summer run, and many of the participating restaurants can be easily reached by Metro.

For those who aren’t familiar with dineLA, it’s 12 days of foodie heaven. Restaurants put together special three-course menus at fixed prices ranging from $15 – $25 for lunches and $25 – $45 for dinners. (Prices do not include drinks, tax or gratuity.) The menus often include the restaurant’s most popular dishes or the chef’s latest creations, and it’s a great way to sample a variety of dishes at reasonable prices.

Here’s a list of just some of the participating dineLA restaurants that are near a Metro stop:

  • Lukshon –Culver City Station, Expo Line; Culver City Bus 1 to Washinton/Helms
  • Mo-chica – 7th St/Metro Station, Expo/Blue/Red/Purple Line; Metro Bus 51 to 7th/Grand
  • Brunello Trattoria –Culver City Station, Expo Line; Culver City Bus 1 to Washington/La Cienega
  • Maison Akira –LakeStation, Gold Line; Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Oak Knoll
  • Sushi Roku – Memorial Park Station, Gold Line; Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/De Lacey
  • Haven Gastropub – Memorial Park Station, Gold Line; Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/De Lacey
  • Parkway Grill – Fillmore Station or Del Mar Station, Gold Line; Metro Bus 177 or 256 to Arroyo/Bellvue
  • Aburiya Toranoko – Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Gold Line
  • Wolfgang Puck L.A. Bistro –Universal City Station, Red Line
  • Rolling Stone Los Angeles – Hollywood/Highland Station, Red Line; Metro Bus 212 to Hollywood/Highland
  • Papilles – Hollywood/Vine Station, Red Line; Metro Bus 222 to Yucca/Vine
  • Rivera – Pico Station, Expo/Blue Line; Metro Bus 81 to Flower/11th
  • Corkbar – Pico Station, Expo/Blue Line; Metro Bus 14 to Olive/12th
  • The Sky Room –1st Street Station, Blue Line; Long Beach Passport Bus A, B or D to Ocean/Breakers
  • Water Grill –Pershing Square Station, Red/Purple Line; Metro Bus 60 to Grand/6th
  • Traxx – Union Station, Red/Purple/Gold Line

Make sure to visit dineLA’s website for a complete list of participating restaurants. And as always, there is more than one route to get you to all this great food, so use Trip Planner. Happy eating!