Art of Transit


The intersection of La brea, Market and Hawthorne.


La Brea and Arbor Vitae.


Photos by Gerald Hunter, via submission

Street work on La Brea in Inglewood in recent days has churned up the old streetcar tracks that once carried the Number 5 line of the Los Angeles Railway from Hawthorne to Eagle Rock. A portion of the route included the future Crenshaw/LAX Line alignment along Florence Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.

Many thanks to Gerald for sending us the pics and related information!


Two photos of Florence Avenue: a streetcar in 1955 and a bus this afternoon 

Then & Now: streetcars along the Crenshaw/LAX Line alignment in the 1950s and those places today

Go Metro Weekends, Aug 16 – 18

Passing through Union Station after work today? Stop by and listen to some jazz.

On Friday, the L.A. Sparks take on the Indiana Fever at Staples Center. The game starts at 8 p.m. Present your valid TAP card at the box office to save on tickets. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/12th)

Don’t miss the L.A. Taco Festival on Saturday! From noon to 8 p.m., enjoy the best tacos in Boyle Heights, musical performances, arts and crafts and more. The event is open to the public, and your TAP card gets you a free drink! (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Station, Metro Bus 30 to 1st/Boyle)

Join the Angel City Derby Girls Saturday evening at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Culver City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first game starts at 7:00 p.m., second game 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)

This Saturday is also the last Chinatown Summer Nights of the summer! And it’s also H2O Music Fest! (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Sunday, catch jazz master Kenny Burrell at Ford Theatres. Enjoy an evening of contemporary large ensemble sounds with Burrell’s Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited and Beasley’s MONK’estra. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Show your TAP card at the box office or enter “Metro” online and save 10% on your ticket purchase. (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station, hop on the free Ford Shuttle)

Destination Discount: go Metro and save on outdoor movie tickets

Photo: Street Food Cinema Facebook.

Photo: Street Food Cinema Facebook.

Summer in Los Angeles can’t end without an outdoor movie screening and guess what: it’s still summer. Luckily, both Eat See Hear and Street Food Cinema provide outdoor movie experiences until September 14. Each event brings together the best food trucks, bands, comedians, and more to keep you full, happy and entertained for the rest of summer.

Go Metro to these events and you can receive a certain discount on admission. By showing a valid TAP card at the ticketing booth, you can save $2 on an individual pass at Eat See Hear or save $3 on a single admission ticket at Street Food Cinema. 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.

Some upcoming events include two movies for the price of one at Exposition Park on Saturday, August 31. Street Food Cinema will be screening a BFF Double Feature of St. Elmo’s Fire and Reality Bites. Hop on the Expo Line to Expo Park/USC to get there.

Or to kick off the school year, catch Eat See Hear’s event “Back To School” playing at Santa Monica High School on Saturday, September 7. To get there, take Metro Bus 534 to Washington/Fairfax or Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 3 or 7 to Pico/6th.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for all events.

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

Metro and Metrolink team up for Dodgers vs. Padres

Photo: Dodgers Official Facebook

Photo: Dodgers Official Facebook

The San Diego Padres will take on the boys in blue at Dodger Stadium on Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31, and Metrolink is offering special train service from Oceanside to L.A. Union Station for both games. Get a round trip ticket for just $7 on game day.

The train will depart from Oceanside at 3:26 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. See the list of scheduled stops here. Once at Union Station, hop on board the Dodger Stadium Express for a free ride to the game. The return trip on Metrolink will leave from Union Station 45 minutes after the game ends.

The deal gets even better if you take advantage of Metro’s exclusive Destination Discounts when purchasing tickets to Friday’s game. Use the promo code METRO to save up to $20!

Go Metro to FYF Fest and receive a free official festival poster

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Photos: Aaron Farley

FYF Fest returns to the Los Angeles State Historic Park Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25. This year, FYF celebrates its 10th anniversary with an extra special lineup, featuring headlining performances by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and My Bloody Valentine and scores of other great bands. Keith Morris – who will be performing with band FLAG at the festival – knows that Metro is the best way to get there. Check out his journey in the slideshow above as he tests the rails in preparation for the music festival.

Not only is going Metro to FYF easy, it’ll get you some free swag. Show your TAP card at the Lost and Found near the entrance for a free bottle of water – hydration is important! – and get a free poster by presenting your TAP card at the merchandise booth near the entrance. Offers are limited to while supplies last, so don’t wait until it’s too late! 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.

FYF Fest takes place just one block north of the Gold Line Chinatown Station. For routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Metro has plenty of park and ride lots for those who want transit to help them go the rest of the way. There will also be secure bicycle parking for those who ride in on two wheels.

Metro will be running enhanced service for FYF Fest, more details on that to come.


The Day Pass Diary: Riding the Red Line, Family Style

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Summer is almost over which means that kids will be going back to school. Organizing a last minute summer getaway does not have to be difficult, time consuming, or expensive. An easy way to jam pack last minute fun is to ride the Metro Red Line which provides family-fun for kids all ages. With the help of Metro, families can ride any bus or rail line all day for only $5 with a $5 Day Pass.

Continue reading for some suggestions to make the end of summer worthwhile via the Red Line:

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Friday at Union Station: GG NineNet jazz

Union Station becomes the venue of choice for jazz band GG NineNet this Friday, August 16. The performance is part of Metro’s new program of arts and cultural events for the iconic station in anticipation of its 75th anniversary celebration in 2014.

The group will appear in the main concourse waiting room and the performance is open to the public.

Event Details:
Friday, August 16, 2013
Two 45-minute sets beginning at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 
Union Station Main Concourse Waiting Room

Enjoy the performance with dinner by dining at Traxx Restaurant and Bar. Traxx has seating right in the concourse, so you’ll have the perfect vantage point. If you dine between 5 – 10 p.m. the day of the performance and show your TAP card to your server, you’ll get a 10% discount on your meal!. Reservations are not required but are a good idea: (213) 625-1999.

Reach Union Station via the Red Line, Purple Line, Gold Line, Metro Bus and many other municipal buses. Use Trip Planner to find the route the works for you.