The Day Pass Diary: Riding the Metro Orange Line

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When people in LA County hear “bus rapid transit,” the first thought is the Metro Orange Line. What’s bus rapid transit? In the words of LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, “It is like a rail line on rubber tires.” The Orange Line has made great strides since its opening in 2005 by improving mobility through the San Fernando Valley, bringing faster travel times, and a chance to discover the rich history and beautiful scenery of the valley. With the help of Metro, you can experience BRT all day for only $5 with a $5 Day Pass.

Here are some historic stops along the Orange Line:

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Destination Discount: free Grand Park sunglasses with Metro


Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to be. Plenty of activities are still taking place at Grand Park, which also means plenty of chances to get a free pair of sunglasses.

Head to any of the upcoming free events at Grand Park and present your TAP card at the info booth to receive a free pair of stylish shades. 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.

Thursday: Chill after work at Grand Park’s Out of Office concert; bring a picnic dinner, join a lawn game or just sit and relax. This week features the Colburn Summer Concert Band. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday morning: Cool off at the splash pad and join in on a special fun activity! This week’s surprise activity features the Mobile Mural Lab, which will be in town from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday evening: Enjoy a movie at the park with food trucks and live performances. This week’s flick is Sleepless in Seattle. Door open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts around 8:30 p.m.

Sunday: Don’t miss the last Sunday Session of the summer, bringing the best in electronic music performance. This week features The Leverage Agency Showcase with Acid Pauli and many others. The all day events starts at 2 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m.

Grand Park is served by the Red/Purple Line Civic Center Station and by Bus 10 and 81 to Hill/Temple. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

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.