Metro Art Moves_DTLA starts on the 4th of July

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The July 4th Metro Art Moves_DTLA tour is the first of three summer art tours offered from July to September. Tours take place on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The tour, led by Metro Art Docents, will start at 7th/Metro and end at Civic Center Station.

Wear comfy walking shoes and head to the Figueroa Street entrance of 7th/Metro. You’ll navigate the Metro system in a whole new way and learn about Metro’s diverse art collection. The tour will end around 7 p.m. and drop you off right in the middle of Grand Park, where you can partake in their 4th of July Block Party.

Want to grab a snack before Metro Art Moves_DTLA, or feeling a little hungry afterward? Take advantage of special Metro discounts at locations near the tour route. Qdoba Mexican Grill gives 15% off to those who show their TAP cards, Tossed offers a $2 discount and Boba 7 will provide a free drink upgrade. All three places are just blocks from 7th/Metro – or in Qdoba’s case, just an elevator ride away! Those who stick to ending their tour at Grand Park can use their TAP cards to score a free pair of sunglasses at the event information booth.

Metro announces more frequent late night service on the Gold, Expo and Orange lines

A photo illustration of the Expo Line at night on Flower Street. By Steve Hymon/Metro.

A photo illustration of the Expo Line at night on Flower Street. By Steve Hymon/Metro.

Good news: Beginning this Sunday night, the Gold and Expo lines will be running an enhanced late night schedule. Both lines will run every 10 minutes until midnight instead of every 20 minutes.

This will be accomplished using shorter but more frequent trains. Customers should board the trains toward the front of the platform.

In addition, the Orange Line will run every 15 minutes until 11 p.m. and then every 20 minutes until close.

There is one big exception to the 10 minute service on the Gold and Expo lines.  On nights when late night maintenance is scheduled, trains will run less frequently, usually every 20 minutes. Customers should check http://bit.ly/servadv to view Planned Service Advisories and/or follow Metro’s Service Alert feed on Twitter.

Go Metro Weekends, June 21 – 23

Make Music Los Angeles is back this Friday with an eleven hour celebration of musical creativity that will take place throughout the entire county of Los Angeles. Many of the city sidewalks, parks, community gardens, street corners and schoolyards will become the backdrop or stage for free concerts. To celebrate, you can score some sweet deals at the following locations on June 21 with your TAP card.

Papa John’s Pizza – multiple locations, use Trip Planner to find routes and connections
Alegria on Sunset – Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Hollywood (Head here to listen to the Chris Ho Band play any time between noon and 10 p.m. on Friday)
ChimMaya – Metro Rapid 762 to Atlantic/Pomona
African Red Tea – online store, use promo code UN15% to save

Head to Long Beach for the Bayou and Blues Festival this weekend. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy culture music, cuisine and dance. General admission is $30 at the door, show your TAP card to receive $5 off. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall, transfer to a Passport bus to Shoreline/Village)

Saturday is Men’s Health Awareness Day at USC. The free health fair lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature live music, a classic car show, children’s activities and more. Show your TAP card at the event information booth to receive a free raffle ticket for some great prizes! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC, Metro Bus 204 to Vermont/37th)


Notes from this morning’s gate latching press conference

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Photos: Steve Hymon/Metro

It has been a long time coming: The gates are now latched full-time at both entrances to the Red/Purple Line at Union Station. In order to get through the gates, all patrons need to have a TAP card — either the plastic kind or the paper tickets that are TAP enabled.

Here’s a post that explains everything.

In order to help get the word out, Metro held a news conference on the subway’s mezzanine this morning — and there was considerable media interest.

All the speakers — Metro Board Chair Mike Antonovich, Metrolink Board Chair Patrick Morris and Metro Board Members Zev Yaroslavsky, Richard Katz and Antonio Villaraigosa — hammered a similar theme that all patrons should pay to ride. “Gate latching will end the freeloading,” Antonovich said.

Yaroslavsky called it a fair and responsible way to run a transit system. He added that increased revenues from fares will be pumped right back into an expanding system for those who depend on transit and those want to use transit as an alternative to sitting in traffic.

Villaraigosa reminded everyone that this was an effort many moons in the making and said the expansion of TAP to other transit agencies will help build the regional transit system the area deserves.

— posted for Steve Hymon, who is stuck in a meeting

Metro Rail will run enhanced service for this Sunday’s CicLAvia

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Walk, bike or skate down six miles of Iconic Wilshire Boulevard this Sunday with CicLAvia! There are 5 Metro Purple Line stations along this summer’s route – 7th/Metro, Westlake/MacArthur Park, Wilshire/Vermont, Wilshire/Normandie and Wilshire Western – so whether you’re heading out or heading home, Metro can help you get there.

Iconic Wilshire Boulevard will be car-free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bus lines detouring for the event include: 20, 60, 206, 210, 460, 487, 720 and Metro Silver Line. Detours will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or when barricades are present. For more details, please check the Service Advisories page.

Wolfpack Hustle is also holding a bike race around City Hall on the same day until approximately 9 p.m. that will impact bus service on Spring Street, Main Street, Temple and 1st Street. To avoid bus delays and detours, use Metro Rail to travel through and around impacted areas.

  • Red and Purple Line will each run every 10 minutes with 6-car trains. This means a combined service of every 5 minutes between Union Station and Wilshire/Vermont.
  • Gold Line will run every 7-8 minutes with mostly 3-car trains.
  • Blue and Expo Line will run every 12 minutes with 3-car trains.
  • Green Line will run every 15 minutes with 2-car trains.
  • Expect limited bike rack availability on the Orange Line. Use adjacent bike path where available.
  • Anticipated stations to be busiest include Union Station, 7th St/Metro, Wilshire/Vermont and Wilshire/Western. Consider using other nearby stations along the route to avoid potential wait times.
  • Use entire platform length when boarding for more seating and bike space availability.
  • Board with bikes using doors marked with yellow decals.
  • Always walk your bike within Metro stations or on board trains.
  • For everyone’s safety, do not bring bikes on escalators; use the stairs or elevators instead.
  •  Do not use emergency exit gates to enter or exit except during emergencies or unless directed by law enforcement or Metro personnel.

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Go Metro Weekends, June 14 – 16

First Chinatown Summer Nights of the summer is this Saturday!

Love red carpet movie premiers, outdoor screenings, live music and more? Don’t miss the L.A. Film Fest, back in town until June 23. The Moo Man (I love cows!) is screening this Friday at 7:10 p.m. and Sunday at 9:10 p.m. at Regal Cinemas. Tickets are $13. Brasslands is screening at Figat7th for free this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. TAP card holders can save 10% on passes with the promo code 2712ME. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station for Regal Cinemas, hop off at 7th/Metro for Figat7th)

Join the Angel City Derby Girls on Saturday as they kick off their 8th season of women’s flat track roller derby at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Culver City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there are two games, one at 7 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, go Metro to save $5 on general admission. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, then hop on Culver City Bus 7 to Culver/Overland)

Celebrate the Juneteenth Heritage Festival at Leimert Park this weekend. The festival will take place both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring the whole family for good food, good music and great kid-friendly activities. (Metro Bus 102 to 43rd/Degnan or Metro Bus 40 to Crenshaw/Vernon)

Enjoy Forever Flamenco at the Ford this Saturday. Forever Flamenco’s dancers, musicians and singers have been delighting audiences for years with their passionate performances. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets start at $50. Go Metro to save 20% on this show and select others throughout the summer. (Metro Red Line or Rapid 750 to Universal City Station, transfer to free Ford Shuttle)

This weekend is also the first weekend of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which continues until June 30. There are over 200 shows scheduled at locations all over Hollywood. Go Metro to save $2 when purchasing a Fringe Button at Fringe Central Station. The exclusive Fringe Button allows you save on every Fringe show and receive discounts around Hollywood. Fringe Central Station is located at 6314 Santa Monica Boulevard. (Metro Rapid 704 to Vine/Santa Monica)

From Dinos to Disney: the Natural History Museum gets a facelift for its 100th birthday

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From gazing up into the ferocious jaw of a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex to wandering through the exotic landscape of fluttering butterflies, every day this summer boasts family-friendly fun at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

The museum is now 100 years old and it has revamped itself into an indoor and outdoor adventure to celebrate the past and future all in one setting.

With two convenient Metro Expo line stops in Exposition Park — Expo Park/USC Expo/Vermont — Metro provides easy access to avoid parking fees and traffic hassles. Also, by showing a valid Metro TAP card at the box office, visitors get $1.25 off the $12 adult admission. To plan your best route, visit Metro’s Trip Planner.

At the museum, kids can gawk at the gigantic dinosaur skeletons in the renovated 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall. This collection is twice the size of that in the previous hall and includes 20 full body dinos. Visitors can see the only place in the world that shows the three different phases of the life of a Tyrannosaurus rex. And the exhibit features the youngest known baby T-Rex fossil.

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