Metrolink to make special stop at the L.A. County Fair

Photo by Natt Muangsiri, via Flickr creative commons

Here's the news release from Metrolink:

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink will offer safe, affordable service directly to the L.A. County Fair beginning this weekend and continuing on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of September. Metrolink's San Bernardino Line trains will add a special stop at the Pomona Fairplex, while 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 Day Pass, which allows them to ride Metrolink trains either Saturday or Sunday for one low fare. Riders can transfer to and from other Metrolink lines, along with Metro rail and most buses with the $10 Weekend Day Pass.

This year the L.A. County Fair is offering all Metrolink riders a special $10 admission ticket on weekends. Regular weekend fair admission tickets for adults, ages 13 and over, is $19, children ages 6-12 is $12, while seniors, 60 and over is $15. Vehicle parking on weekends is an additional $15 or $30 for valet.

Fair goers are encouraged to “UNLEASH YOUR INNER FAIR!” by indulging in food galore and shopping, while enjoying the many entertainment acts and other attractions. The L.A. County Fair will also feature animal competitions, art exhibits, carnival games, the big Ferris wheel and much more.

Metrolink representatives will be staffing the Fairplex station during train service operations to assist passengers.

For details on Metrolink's L.A. County Fair schedule and promotion, please visit metrolinktrains.com/lacofair.

ABOUT METROLINK (www.metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 20th 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.

 


The Day Pass Diary: Riding the Metro Purple Line

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Even though the Metro Purple Line is the shortest rail line in Los Angeles County, there’s an endless amount of places to go and sights to see at every stop. With the help of Metro, you can experience the Purple Line all day for only $5 with a $5 Day Pass.

Continue reading for some suggestions for your trip via the Purple Line:

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Then & Now: in L.A. getting rid of streetcars easier than getting rid of billboards

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Looking west from Crenshaw Boulevard, just south of 67th Street. Photo by Alan Weeks, via the Metro Transportation and Library’s Flickr stream. Click above to visit.

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Photo by Metro.

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Looking north at Crenshaw Boulevard from 60th Street. Photo by Alan Weeks, via the Metro Transportation Library & Archive’s Flickr stream. Click above to visit.

Photo by Metro.

Photo by Metro.

Two observations from this set of past and present photos along Crenshaw Boulevard:

1. It’s a shame that there are so few food outlets remaining that serve both donuts and chili dogs.

2. Those set of three ugly nearly street level billboards in the bottom set of photos: They were there when Alan Weeks took captured his image on Dec. 15, 1954, and they were there last year when Metro staff took the bottom photo. Billboards in L.A.: once there, always there, eh?

Many thanks to Alan Weeks for capturing the two images from the 1950s and Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX Line construction staff for taking the modern photos.

About Alan: He worked for many years as a transit scheduler first with the RTD and later the MTA, now known as Metro. He is retired and very proud of his many years of public service — as he should be. Many of his photos of L.A.’s transit scene can seen on the Metro Transportation Library & Archive’s Flickr page, which as of this morning had 8,915 images and is still growing.

If you’ve enjoyed our Then & Now posts, then you are morally obligated to check out the Metro Library’s Historypin page, a sophistacted mapping tool that allows you to overlay historic photos with current street views. It is, trust me, epically cool. Here’s a Source post from last week explaining Historypin; check out the photo from Crenshaw and 60th on Historypin. Very cool.

Go Metro to the 5th annual Taste of East LA

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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.

Located at East L.A. Civic Center Station off of the Metro Gold Line, this community event transforms the area into a lively street festival complete with local entertainment and celebrities, children’s activities and vendors.

Food lovers will be able to satisfy their taste buds by sampling food and beverages from an assortment of over 20 restaurants. Whether it be a poblano mole from Moles La Tia, rotisserie chicken from Juan’s Chicken or Que Delicious’ fruit smoothie, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The Taste showcases the many great restaurants that make East LA a truly desirable destination for a wonderful dining experience.

To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Metro Trip Planner.

Where there is life …

Two kinds of breakfast burritos and sprouted hummus.

Two kinds of breakfast burritos and sprouted hummus.

Raw food alert! Even if you’re eating for flavor rather than for health, LifeFood Organic restaurant in Hollywood is certainly worth a stop. It’s vegan in a good way — the way those of us who don’t think we could ever give up fish and cheese — find inspiring. And the raw tortilla wraps are delicious. Even if burgers are your best friend, you will find the food refreshing, if not fascinating.

At first glance it may seem a little on the pricey side ($12 for a breakfast burrito) but consider that everything is made by hand, from scratch and from fresh ingredients. Would you make a tortilla by hand from apples, coconut, zucchini and nuts for that price?

LifeFood Organic is at 507 Cahuenga Blvd. — it’s a short and healthy walk from the Hollywood/Vine Red Line Station.


Go Metro Weekends, August 23 – 25

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. Photo: Peter Zuehlke

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. Photo: Peter Zuehlke

Friday night, join the Music Center for Dance Downtown. All are welcome to learn traditional Japanese festival dances. The free lesson takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 10 to Temple/Grand)

Saturday is your last chance to enjoy the free Summer Music Festival concerts at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. Quetzal takes the stage at Levitt Pasadena at 8 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 267/264 to Walnut/Raymond)

On Sunday, head to Levitt MacArthur Park for José -Luis Orozco and Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon performed by Omega String Quartet and Julie Christensen. Orozco is a children’s author, songwriter and performer, and he takes the stage at 4 p.m. Omega String Quartet and Julie Christensen begin playing at 7 p.m. Both concerts are free. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, Metro Rapid 720 to Alvarado/Wilshire)

Don’t forget, if you’re going to FYF Fest this weekend, go Metro! Metro Rail will run extra service on Sunday night so concertgoers can get home safely, and if you go Metro you’ll get a free water and souvenir. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Destination Discount: save $3 on any item over $5 at Amoeba Music Store

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Amoeba Music Hollywood is located on 6400 W. Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. Photo: Amoeba Records

In a time where old record stores are prehistoric to an avid music fan, Amoeba Music Store stands out as a ruby in the rough. Amoeba is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in the heart of downtown Hollywood and has become a destination for music fans around the world to dig through crates of the most diverse collection of music and movies ever seen under one roof.

Go Metro and receive a discount of $3 on any item over $5 when you show a valid TAP card.* The exclusive discount is 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.

Spend your money on music instead of gas by taking the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station and walk two blocks south down Ivar Avenue towards Sunset Boulevard. To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Trip Planner.

Amoeba also has a first-class performance space that hosts weekly free all-ages concerts and events. Upcoming shows include Charles Bradley and Outerdrive.

For more information and a schedule of performances, visit Amoeba.com.

*This offer cannot be used with any other discount or sale offer. One item per discount, per person. One discount redemption per day, per customer.