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.

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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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Dodger Stadium Express warmed up and ready for action in baseball’s post-season

As we round third on August and head into the final month of baseball's regular season, some interesting news from Metro: the Dodger Stadium Express is sufficiently warmed up and ready to roll for the playoffs.

Of course, the buses aren't quite out of the barn yet. The Dodgers still must qualify for the post-season. As of Friday morning, they hold a seemingly comfortable 9.5-game lead over Arizona in the National League West and are given a nearly 100 percent chance of making the playoffs by Baseball Prospectus (see the above chart via MLB.com).

The Dodgers' magic number for cliniching the West stands at 21, meaning any combination of Los Angeles wins and Arizona losses adding up to 21 allows them to proceed to the Divisional Series in October. That translates to a likely clinching scenario in middish September and get this: the Dodgers play Arizona at home Sept. 9 to 11 and then host the Giants for four games from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15.

Interesting, at least if you're a Dodger fan.

I'm guessing the Dodgers will be attracting some huge crowds here on out. For those interested in taking the Doger Stadium Express, here are the basics:

•Board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.

•Service leaves Union Station every 5-10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game time through the 3rd inning for all home games. We recommend arriving early; crowds are heaviest near game time.

•Your Dodger ticket is good on gameday for the Dodger Stadium Express fare*; otherwise, regular Metro fares apply.

•You’ll be dropped off inside Dodger Stadium behind Center Field. Service will run the same route in reverse after the game.

•Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.

Much more information here about connecting Metro and Metrolink service to Union Station, parking at Union Station and nearby dining.

We'll have plenty of updates as the baseball season concludes. Other teams likely headed for the playoffs include the Braves, Cardinals, Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Reds Sox and Tigers. Those teams have a lot of cumulative baseball history. In particular, a Reds-Dodgers playoff matchup would allow them to renew their 1970s rivalry in the NL West when the Reds claimed the division in 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976 and 1979 and the Dodgers got the division crown in 1974, 1977 and 1978. The Reds went to the World Series in 1970, '72, '75 and '76 and the Dodgers in '74, '77 and '78 with the Reds winning it all in '75 or '76. A good decade, it was.

 


Metrolink offers Labor Day service on Antelope Valley Line

Here's the news release from Metrolink — please beware of the bus bridge between Newhall and Sylmar/San Fernando due to track maintenance:

Antelope Valley Line will have two round trips

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink will suspend service on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day, with the exception of two round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line.

Antelope Valley Line trains 262 and 268 will depart Lancaster at 8:55 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. respectively, while trains 263 and 269 will leave Los Angeles Union Station at 11:40 a.m. and 5:25 p.m.

Additional stops will include the Glendale, Downtown Burbank, Sun Valley, Sylmar/San Fernando, Newhall, Santa Clarita, Via Princess, Vincent Grade/Acton and Palmdale stations.

Due to necessary track maintenance, a bus bridge will be established between the Newhall and Sylmar/San Fernando Stations causing delays of more than an hour.

Regular weekday fares apply.

Tickets may be purchased at ticket vending machines, located at all Metrolink stations, and can also be used for a free connection to Metro Rail and most connecting bus lines.

Regular commuter service will resume on Tuesday, September 3.

For details on Metrolink's Labor Day holiday schedule and other initiatives, please visit metrolinktrains.com.

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.

 


Go Metro Weekends, Labor Day Weekend 2013

Photo: The Market on Holly Official Facebook

Photo: The Market on Holly Official Facebook

Friday, head to The Market on Holly this Friday for an open house featuring The Produce Project’s pop-up farm stand, live jazz and $3 taco specials. The event is free to attend and lasts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Go Metro and receive a free cookie with a purchase of $10 or more. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station)

Join in and celebrate the 20th Annual Brazilian Summer Festival on Sunday. Doors open at 5 p.m. for picnicking, booths and DJ music. The show begins at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $45. (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station, transfer to free Ford Shuttle to the theatre, Metro Bus 222 to Cahuenga / J Anson Ford Theatre)

Want to enjoy the beach and see some super ripped bodies? Check out the Muscle Beach Championship at the Venice Recreation Center on Monday. The event is free and open to the public, and the finals take place at 1 p.m. (Culver City Bus 1 to Pacific/Venice, Metro Rapid 733 to Main/Venice)

Don’t forget, Metro Rail will run until 2 a.m. on Sunday, and all buses and trains will run on weekend/holiday schedule on Monday.

Car-Free and Car-Lite in LA: where to live

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Go car-free and avoid this. (Photo: Pranav Bhatt/Flickr)

In light of recent U.S. Census Data that suggests car-lite and car-free households are on the rise in Los Angeles, we’ve compiled a list of the best locations in the region where minimal car use (car-lite) or never needing a car at all (car-free) is possible. Though there are many subtle lifestyle adjustments to reduce car dependency which don’t require packing up and moving, by far the best opportunity to make a significant change is when selecting a new place to live or work.

Whether you’re a new or future resident unfamiliar with the lay of the land or a longtime Angeleno looking to escape a grueling commute, keep reading. For our regular readers, please don’t forget to tell us what neighborhoods you think should make the list by commenting — this is a post we want to be helpful to those who already live here and those moving to our region.

The list is by no means scientific and we recognize that no neighborhood will be a one-size-that-fits-all. We made our choices by taking into account factors such as access to transit, pedestrian-friendliness and bike access (using scores from walkscore.com), local amenities and connectivity to other neighborhoods. Give it a few years and this list may very well change as Metro continues to build the transit system with funding from Measure R, the sales tax increase approved by local voters in 2008.

5. Culver City

Culver Hotel (Photo: Joseph Lemon / Metro)

Photo: Culver Hotel

Culver City wouldn’t have appeared on this list prior to 2012, but thanks to the opening of the Expo Line last year, the city has joined the ranks of one of regions top transit-oriented locations.

Its appeal to the car-free crowd will only increase when the Expo Line is extended to Santa Monica, which is expected to open in 2016. For now, Culver’s transit options work best for those who work or go to school in the east, where the Expo Line currently connects them to the University of Southern California and Downtown Los Angeles.

To the west, Metro Rapid Line 733 connects Culver to Venice and the beach and Santa Monica; alternatively a bike lane on Venice Bouelvard does the same for two-wheelers. The Ballona Creek Bike Path also runs on the outskirts of Culver, leading bicyclists to Marina Del Rey and the beach bike path that runs south to Hermosa Beach and north to Santa Monica and Will Rogers Beach. The city’s proximity to other Westside neighborhoods makes on-demand transit like Lyft or Uber reasonable options for an evening out, and Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus and Culver City Bus serve the city and surrounding areas.

Downtown Culver isn’t lacking things to do either: gastropubs, restaurants, a movie theater and historic landmarks are all within at most a 10 to 15 minute walk from downtown, along with adjacent residential neighborhoods. Grocery stores and smaller markets are scattered around the the central district and are fairly accessible by walking and biking, depending on your exact location.

The factor hindering Culver City from becoming a true car-free city is its lack of north-south bus routes connecting it to nearby work and entertainment centers like Beverly Hills, Century City and West Hollywood. There are a few options, but they’re not as convenient as they should be.

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Transit Score: N/A*

Walk Score: 84, Very Walkable

Bike Score: N/A*

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4. Pasadena

Old Town Pasadena

Photo: Old Town Pasadena

The city of Pasadena is located about 11 miles northeast of downtown LA. For its residents it provides a functional mix of both urban and suburban. The city has six Gold Line stations, three located in the median of Interstate 210 and three south and near Old Pasadena and it’s an 18-minute to 29-minute ride to Union Station from those stations.

Although the city has been very slow to develop a decent bike plan — much less implement it — there are plentiful cycling opportunities in the area, including many of them on quiet residential streets. With better bike connections to Gold Line stations, Pasadena may have been even higher on our list. To the city’s credit, it has given away bike vouchers.

If you’re an apartment dweller, there are plenty of options here as well — the city has been on an apartment and condo building boom since the Gold Line opened.

The Gold Line, of course, serves the region’s transit hub at Union Station and also continues to East Los Angeles. The Gold Line is also being extended 11.5 miles east to Azusa (the Gold Line Foothill Extension project, forecast to open in 2016) and a separate project will allow Gold Line trains to run through downtown L.A. (the Regional Connector project, forecast to open in 2020). Pasadena is also served by several Metro bus lines, Foothill Transit and the Pasadena ARTS bus, which focuses on connecting neighborhoods to the Gold Line and commercial areas. The Metro Local Line 180/181 and Metro Rapid Line 780 buses run west from Pasadena to Eagle Rock, Glendale, Los Feliz and Hollywood

By far the city’s most car-free friendly business and entertainment district is Old Town Pasadena (Del Mar and Memorial Park Gold Line stations), with a secondary nod to the Lake Avenue business district; there is also the Hastings Ranch area in eastern Pasadena, which is more of a traditional suburban environment and has its share of big box stores. With an array of stores, coffee shops and restaurants with outdoor seating, pubs, movie theaters, parks and the occasional parade or event, you’ll pretty much be set for an afternoon or an evening out. When it comes to filling your refrigerators and cupboards, Pasadena has a handful of major grocery stores and at least three are within a block or two of a Gold Line station, including the giant two-story Whole Foods on Arroyo Parkway.

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Transit Score: N/A*

Walk Score: 68, but most of the city is easily walkable

Bike Score: 71, Very Bikeable

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Destination Discount: save on tickets to The Sunshine Boys at Ahmanson Theatre

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Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch bring on the laughs in the new production of Neil Simon’s classic play The Sunshine Boys, showing at Ahmanson Theatre September 24 to November 3. Tickets start at just $27!

Save on tickets (and parking) by going Metro. Metro riders will receive a 10% discount by visiting CenterTheatreGroup.org/Metro when purchasing tickets, and it’s the only way to save when buying individual tickets. The exclusive offer 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.

To get to Ahmanson Theatre, take the Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station or Metro Bus 10 to Temple/Grand.