The art of transit

photo by fensterbme, via Flickr creative commons

There is no shortage of photos online of the artfully designed Washington D.C. Metro — and most of the images tend to be very similar. I thought this one took a fresh approach by not trying to capture the symmetry of the station. The lighting is nice, too. The image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D.

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.

Popular Metrolink $7 Angels Express Train service returns for 2012 season

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

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

New special service from downtown Riverside added this year, service from Los Angeles and Orange County to continue

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink and the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) popular $7 round-trip Angels Express Train service is set to kick off again for the 2012 baseball season beginning April 2.

The Angels Express provides service to all weekday home games starting at 7:05 p.m. from Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo or L.A. Union Station to Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, service is being introduced this season from Riverside-Downtown to the Anaheim Station (via transfer at the Orange Station) for all Friday Angels home games starting at 7:05 p.m.

Fans can enjoy the convenience of taking the train to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim parking lot without the hassle of sitting in traffic and paying up to $20 for parking. Last year more than 20,000 baseball fans took advantage of the safe, affordable and reliable transportation to games.

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Go Metro to Kathleen Edwards at the El Rey

The Canadian singer and songwriter plays the El Rey tonight with the doors opening at 7 p.m. The tour is in support of her new album “Voyageur” that features collaborations with Bon Iver and came out to (as usual) good reviews last year. As of 10:50 a.m., tickets are still available.

Edwards has been called everything from a “folk rocker” to a songwriter focusing on themes of “Americana.” Like many songwriters of her type these days, she doesn’t get much airplay on the radio outside of alternative stations. I stumbled on her album “Failer” years ago and have been hooked since.

The El Rey is located in the Miracle Mile district of Wilshire Boulevard between Dunsmuir and Burnside, four blocks west of La Brea. Transit directions to the show are after the jump.

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The art of transit

photo by Joe Goldberg, via Flickr creative commons

A bird’s eye view shot last month of the underground University Link light rail project being constructed in Seattle. The 3.15-mile project will connect downtown Seattle to the University of Washington at a cost of $1.9 billion.

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.

Go Metro Weekends, March 23-25

Going to see “The Hunger Games” will be the highlight of my weekend – to those of you who went to midnight showings, I hope you had fun! – but there are a few other events worth checking out too.

Strawberry donut from The Donut Man. Photo by Space Pirate Queen via Flickr

Swing by Echo Park Film Center on Friday to watch the screening of The ADD Channel’s “The Virtual Zone,” a hilarious and sometimes offensive web series featuring real online classified ads acted out by brilliant actors. A few episodes of season one will be shown and the screening is free. Seating is limited so make sure to RSVP. The screening starts at 8 p.m. (Metro Bus 2 or Metro Rapid 704 to Sunset/Alvarado.)

Prepare to pig out the rest of the weekend because For Your Art is offering free donuts for 24 hours. They are setting up a pop-up doughnut shop across from LACMA and giving away donuts from 12 p.m. Saturday until 12 p.m. Sunday. The menu will rotate throughout the day; some of the donuts being offered are UMAMIcatessen’s Tres Leches donut, The Donut Man’s Strawberry donut and Nickle Diner’s Maple Bacon donut. The schedule will tell you which donut is being offered when, but make sure to get there early because the good ones (and they’re all good) will run out fast. The event coincides with the 24-hour screening of “The Clock” at LACMA. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Spaulding, DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Spaulding, please note DASH Fairfax does not run on Sunday.)

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Metro to offer Dodger Stadium Express for 2012 season

Here is the news release from Metro:

Metro will again offer Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Dodger Stadium beginning April 3 with the Dodgers pre-game series and throughout the regular 2012 baseball season under a grant approved by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC).

“Once again, The Dodger Stadium Express comes through for fans,” said Metro Board Chairman and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Through a generous grant, the MSRC will allow ticketed fans to ride free from Union Station to Dodger Stadium with the purchase of a Dodgers game ticket.”

A grant of $300,000 awarded to Metro by the MSRC was made in support of clean fuel transit service to link Union Station to Dodger Stadium. The MSRC awards funding within the South Coast Air Basin from a portion of the vehicle registration fee set aside for mobile source projects that result in emission reductions.

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The art of transit

photo by dbessam, via Flickr creative commons

Nice photo titled “anonymous,” taken on a Metro bus on Vermont Avenue.

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.

Go Metro to live music: Cults

Don’t be afraid to go outside and go Metro this Thursday night to see the indie-rock group Cults perform live at The Fonda Theatre (formerly The Music Box) in Hollywood. And with the Hollywood/Vine Red Line Station just a block away, there’s no reason to miss it.

Cults began as a side-project between two friends, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, while both were in music school in New York City. Relatively unknown prior to 2010, they’re now best known for their single “Go Outside” (below) which became an internet hit not long after they uploaded the song to their personal music sharing website. Their self-titled mainstream debut, which also features the song, was released on Columbia Records in 2011.

 

 

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The art of transit

photo by The Hamster Factor, via Flickr creative commons

Take a guess where the photo of this bus stop was taken. There is one pretty good clue in the image. Here’s another one: the city is nine years shy of its 400th anniversary. Answer after the jump.

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.

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