Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 19th year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.
Sadly, we won’t be getting a government mandated three-day weekend this Fourth of July (if you’re taking three days off work anyway, good for you!), but that doesn’t mean the weekend is a total bust. There’s the Orange Line Extension opening events to look forward to on Saturday, and ArtsFest 2012 kicks off on Sunday with Rock the 1st of July.
Rock the 1st of July takes place at the East L.A. Civic Center, just steps from the Metro Gold Line station of the same name. The event includes a bike clinic, artwalk, food and refreshments, a veterans tribute and concerts. The day starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks show.
Then, every Friday from July 6 to August 24, you can hit up the East L.A. Civic Center for a J.A.M. Session. Each Friday night J.A.M. Session features dancing and mucis from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A movie will be shown afterward, with additional movie showings on June 29 and August 31.
Other parks participating in ArtsFest 2012 include:
Rimgrove Park, July 10 and Aug 7 at 747 N. Rimgrove Drive, Valinda 91744
Valleydale Park, July 6, July 27 and Aug 24 at 5525 N. Lark Ellen Avenue, Azusa 91702
San Angelo Park, July 13 and July 27 at 245 San Angelo Avenue, La Puente 91746
Pellissier Village, Aug 11, location to be announced
Use Trip Planner to plan the best route for you. The Metro Gold Line connects with the Red and Purple Lines at Union Station.
Measure R Extension: The big-ticket item at Thursday’s Board of Directors meeting is a scheduled vote on whether the Board wants to ask voters to extend the half-cent sales tax beyond its mid-2039 expiration date.
Metro staff is proposing to extend the tax as a way to possibly accelerate all of the Measure R transit projects as well as help advance the construction of some of the road projects. Here’s last week’s post looking at the staff proposal.
I anticipate a lot of questions from the Board, with most of them involving the following:
•How would a Measure R extension deal with funding gaps in many of the projects? Does it fill those gaps or merely supply the money needed to build projects now instead of many years from now?
•If the Measure R transit projects are successfully accelerated, when would funds be available to begin building other projects in Metro’s long-range plan and which projects would be built first?
Metro will celebrate the opening of the Orange Line Extension with fun-filled family events at two stations on Saturday, June 30. Festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include food trucks, live music and much more.
blood drive hosted by the Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Providence Blood Donor Center
Rides on the Orange Line Extension from Canoga Station to Chatsworth Station will be free both Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Regular fares will apply on all other Metro Rail, Metro Rapid and Metro Local lines and the rest of the Orange Line. Buses will only run on the extension from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this weekend,the regular schedule starts on Monday, July 2.
And that’s just a few of the attendees at AX! Photo via Anime Expo Facebook
This year, Anime Expo and the X Games - both events that bring thousands to downtown Los Angeles – overlap for three days. Anime Expo takes place June 29 to July 2 at the L.A. Convention Center and the X Games take place June 29 to July 1 at L.A. LIVE and Staples Center. This means there will be tons of cosplayers, skaters, bikers and fans of all ages converging in downtown this upcoming weekend, not to mention street closures around the L.A. LIVE area to accomodate the outdoor ramps and bleachers.
Grab some big air right next door to AX. Photo via X Games Facebook.
To avoid traffic and parking frustration, why not take public transportation to both events? Plus, if you go Metro to the X Games you can pick up a free tote bag from the NAVY booth.
• The new Expo Line runs from Culver City to 7th/Metro Center at the intersection of Figueroa and 7th streets, with a stop at Pico — two short blocks from the L.A. Convention Center, L.A. LIVE and Staples Center. There is free parking available at the Metro garage at La Cienega/Jefferson, Crenshaw station and at the Culver City Station, as well as many paid parking options at Exposition Park.
• The Red Line subway runs from North Hollywood to Union Station. There is free parking at the North Hollywood Station, Universal City Station and numerous paid parking lots around stations in Hollywood. There is also paid parking at Union Station — it’s $6 for the day.
Nice photo of the maintenance yards in downtown Los Angeles for the Red/Purple line subway. The L.A. River is to the right of the yards — one of the bridges over the river is in the top right of the frame — and Metro’s headquarters is in the distance. The photo was taken with the Instagram app for iPhone.
Blogger Billy Vasquez — aka the 99 Cent Chef — has a great review of all the delicious and cheap food you can find within walking distance of the Expo Line. It’s a handy guide for those thinking of going Metro to explore some of the newest neighborhoods to have a Metro Rail station.
Here’s Vasquez’s video recap — a montage of scenes from the train ride and the tasty eats that he tracks down.
I’d like to echo the India Sweets & Spices recommendation. It’s some of the tastiest Indian food in L.A., period. Plus you can stuff yourself for about $8! Be sure to try the samosas.