Dinner and the Dodgers: gearing up for the playoffs

Dodger Stadium with the Metro HQ building in the background. Photo: Mark Luethi via Flickr Creative Commons

Dodger Stadium with the Metro HQ building in the background. Photo: Mark Luethi via Flickr Creative Commons

With the Dodgers looking to clinch a playoff spot, you won’t want to miss any of the action. Celebrate each win with Dinner and the Dodgers. Go Metro to dine at any of the following four restaurants before or after a game and get a special offer on the house.

Qdoba Mexican Grill – located in downtown Los Angeles, open 7 days a week until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, 9:30 p.m. on weekends. Their 3-cheese nachos are to die for. Show your valid TAP card and save 15% on your bill. (Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro, located directly outside Hope Street exit)

Casey’s Irish Pub – located in downtown Los Angeles, open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Fish and chips, Irish bread pudding and live music on weekends. Show your valid TAP card and save 15% on all food. (Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro)

Bar Celona – located in Old Pasadena, open until 11 p.m. on weekdays, 2 a.m. on weekends. Dine on chorizo croquettes, garlic shrimp or paella. Show your valid TAP card and receive 15% off on your bill. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Raymond)

The Federal Bar – located in Long Beach, open from 11:30 a.m. Mon – Fri, 10:30 a.m. Sat – Sun. Chow down on burgers, crispy chicken sliders and pulled pork sandwiches. Show your valid TAP card and save 10% on all food items. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, Long Beach Transit 111, 191 to First/Shelter)

After eating, head to Union Station and hop on the free Dodger Stadium Express to the game!

Metro and USC encourage fans to take Expo Line to Saturday’s game against Washington State

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas salutes the USC band at this morning's event.

After the Trojans' win over Hawaii in their opener this past weekend, USC is ranked 22nd and 25th in the AP and USA Today polls, respectively. Their game Saturday night against Washington State is a chance to continue their momentum.

The news release from Metro:

With an anticipated 90,000 football fans expected to attend USC’s first home game of the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7, against Washington State, officials of the university and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today joined with the Spirit of Troy band to urge fans to ride Metro’s Expo Line to all home games.

At a campus news conference held at Pardee Plaza, directly adjacent to the Expo Park station, participants reminded fans the Metro Rail route scored big when it debuted in 2012.

“Last year we launched enhanced service to the Coliseum and moved about 8,000 Trojans fans to each of the six home games. That represents about 4,000 vehicles removed from the streets for each game,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy. “We’re putting on extra train cars and bus service to make sure fans get to the Coliseum and home safely and conveniently.”

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Go Metro Weekends, Sept 7 – 8

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The 5th annual Taste of East L.A. will be serving up tasty eats on Saturday, September 7. The event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. and cost for the event is $20 for 20 Taste Coupons. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station)

Heading to the USC game on Saturday? Make sure to go Metro and keep in mind the road closures in the area. Hop on the Expo Line to Expo Park/USC or Expo/Vermont for easy access to the Coliseum.

Watch the Shakespeare play Pericles, Prince of Tyre, which opens this weekend at A Noise Within. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $34. (Metro Gold Line or Metro Bus 267 to Sierra Madre Villa Station)

Love 3-D movies? Head to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to check out the World 3-D Movie Expo III, taking place September 6 – 15. Kids might like the 3-D animation show on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. And film buffs might enjoy seeing Dial M for Murder in a whole new way on Sunday, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for each film. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 212 to Hollywood/Las Palmas)

How students benefit from taking transit to school

JP is one of many students who rely on Metro to travel to school and around the region. Photos by Cris Liban/Metro.

JP is one of many students who rely on Metro to travel to school and around the region. Photos by Cris Liban/Metro.

Although Metro has programs to help parents and kids as they head back to school, many parents often still feel intimidated by the prospect of sending their kids off to class via transit.

With that in mind, Metro Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Compliance Services and transit experienced dad Cris Liban offers his point of view on why kids and transit go hand in hand:

I contemplated for a little while on this article and have come to the conclusion that I needed to write it. It was a request from a colleague, Jody Litvak, whose kids grew up using transit. Jody’s three part post from a couple of years ago has a lot of great tips on getting students to school on transit.

Well, it is back-to-school time again, an appropriate time to reflect on what Metro can do for your children. I ride transit every day, and the significance of Jody’s request didn’t really dawn on me until I started looking around.

What seems to be innocuous to me has to be highlighted for others. I happen to live two blocks from a transit stop. My son JP attends a school that is only two transit stops away and transit has been one of my family’s choices to take him to school. We live in Los Angeles and it is almost always sunny and fun to walk, bike and use transit.

As the environmental guy for Metro and with all of these great things going for me, I cannot help but sound biased. But I’m not. I am not going to convince you to get your kids and yourself out of your car and switch to transit. I will, however, try to provide you with information that will encourage you to try this great system we are expanding.

As I wondered what my point of view would be able to offer, I thought hard about my experiences riding transit with my 12-year old son: the countless hours we spent – sometimes with my wife – going to different places around the city.

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Celebrate the grand opening of the Blue Line Farmers’ Market this evening

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Fresh produce can be difficult to come by in many areas served by the Metro Blue Line. The new Blue Line Farmers’ Market addresses this issue by bringing the finest in California grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, gourmet specialty foods, handmade crafts and more to the MLK Transit Center Village once a week.

The Blue Line Farmers’ Market will take place every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. Swing by this evening for their grand opening celebration!

Go Metro and save 10% on your purchase. Just show your valid TAP card to any market vendor to receive the discount.

To get to the Blue Line Farmers’ Market, take the Blue Line to Compton Station or Metro Bus 202 to Willowbrook/Compton. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Destination Discount: save 10% at The Federal Bar in Long Beach

I'm partial to a good brunch myself. Photo: The Federal Bar LB Official Facebook

I’m partial to a good brunch myself. Photo: The Federal Bar LB Official Facebook

Whether you’re in the mood for brunch, lunch or dinner, The Federal Bar in Long Beach has got you covered. And just like their other branch in NoHo, this Federal Bar is also offering Metro riders a special discount.

After dining, show your valid TAP card to your server to get 10% off on all food. The exclusive discountis part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to The Federal Bar, take the Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station and just walk across the street!

Go Metro to UCLA football at the Rose Bowl

Photo by rocor, via Flickr creative commons.

The Bruins kick off their 2013 season on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Nevada at the Rose Bowl.

UCLA fans can take the Gold Line to the Memorial Park station in Old Pasadena. After exiting the station, turn right and walk two blocks east down Holly Street to the Parsons parking lot, where you can catch a free shuttle run by to the Rose Bowl — the buses leave from the Pasadena Avenue side of the lot.

Trains will be running every seven to 10 minutes throughout the afternoon and evening until 12:30. The last train from Memorial Park station back to Los Angeles and East Los Angeles leaves at 2:16 a.m. Sunday.

Gold Line timetable

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Parking at Union Station is $6. More information on parking at other Gold Line stations, is posted after the jump.

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