The week that was: more photos and video from Union Station’s big birthday party

Photos by Peter Atkinson and Joshua Southwick/Metro

We’re still sorting through photos and videos shot at Saturday’s celebration for Union Station’s 75th anniversary. Above is the last wave of photos and below are a pair of videos made by Metro staffers.


Union Station turns 75: the video

More photos from Union Station’s 75th anniversary celebration

First wave of photos from Union Station’s birthday party

Video of Union Station’s big party: the dignitaries speak

Cool, new information tower debuts at Union Station

Union Station: forget private planes, private rail cars is the way to go

In the dead of the night, Union Station a popular location for music videos

Union Station: a star on big screen and small screen

Metro and The Academy release only known film of Union Station’s grand opening

Our first podcast: filming at Union Station over the years

Metro Motion celebrates beautiful Union Station’s 75th anniversary

Union Station: a grand opening

Union Station’s 75th: Seymour Rosen celebrates the opening

How Harvey House restaurants changed the West

Union Station: a man worthy of respect

Union Station: a star of big screen and small

Our first podcast: filming over the years at Union Station

Metro Board considers Union Station Master Plan that would add new concourse and relocate bus plaza 

Go Metro Weekends, May 9 – 11

A blurry Orange Line bus heading eastbound into Van Nuys station. Photo by Jon Ross Alexander

A Orange Line bus heading eastbound into Van Nuys station. Photo by Jon Ross Alexander/Metro


Looking for something to do in DTLA? Check out Friday Night Flicks at Pershing Square! This Friday presents Captain America: The First Avenger. The free event will show a different movie on a 20-foot inflatable screen every Friday from now through September 26! Movie starts at 8 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station)

Looking to switch up the usual date night? Want to make new friends? Look no further than the Salsa Bachata Social hosted by the Blackbird Dance Company! Each Friday, special guest teachers come to liven up the dance floor with DJs spinning tracks from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Show your TAP card and save $1 on admission! (Metro Bus 14, 217 or 218 to Fairfax/Beverly)


Craving some good ole ‘cue? Head down to Long Beach for the West Coast BBQ Classic. The food fest takes place at the Queen Mary Events Park–there will be plenty of world championship winning BBQ and fun for the whole family. Tickets are $10 online and includes access to the Queen Mary. Festivities start at 11 a.m. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then catch free Passport shuttle to the Queen Mary)

Catch KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango concert at the StubHub Center. This year’s lineup includes Maroon 5, Calvin Harris, B.O.B, Paramore and more. Concert kicks off at 2:30 p.m and tickets are still on sale online. (Metro Bus 246 to Avalon/Victoria then walk southwest a block to the stadium)


What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to take her on a food and wine tour! Skip the candy and flowers and check out Six Taste: Mothers’ Day Arts District Walking Food Tour. Tour the Arts District’s best restaurants and wineries with your favorite person in the world. Tickets are still on sale and the tour starts at 2:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District)

All Weekend

The Hola Mexico Festival  is taking place from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 18. Taking place at two separate venues, the festival is showing films at Regal Cinemas at L.A Live and at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes right next to Olvera Street. Come out to enjoy the best in Mexican film, food and entertainment and save $1 on movie admission with your TAP card. (For Regal Cinemas, take the Metro Blue Line to Pico Station; for La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, take the Metro Red/Purple or Gold Line to Union Station and walk across Alameda Street to El Pueblo Historical Monument)

A few places worth checking out during Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate than to go Metro to learn about history, experience culture and find some good eats! If you have recommendations on places to see or things to do, let us know in the comments.

  • Chinese American Museum - the Journeys exhibit narrates Chinese immigration to the United States, and they have a fun discussion coming up on Asian American foodies. Go Metro to save 10% at the museum store.
  • Japanese American National Museum – taiko concerts, an exhibit on Japanese tattoos and the Colors of Confinement photo exhibit are all worth checking out. Go Metro to save $2 on adult admission.
  • Monkey Pants – Japanese funk-pop meets children’s clothing in Little Tokyo. Go Metro to save 10% on your purchase.
  • East West Players – catch a showing of Beijing Spring later this month at this Little Tokyo theatre. Go Metro to save $10 on admission.
  • USC Pacific Asia Museum - check out The Other Side exhibition, which features installations that use pieces of Metro Rail.
  • Starry Kitchen – the unlikely Asian restaurant that started out underground in an apartment, now located in Chinatown. Highly recommended: crispy tofu balls. Go Metro to save 10% on your bill.
  • Sweet Town – try traditional Chinese sweet soups at this super cute Chinatown dessert cafe. Go Metro to save 10% on your bill.
  • Far Bar - just three words: Garlic. Wasabi. Fries. This Little Tokyo establishment also has a very chill patio. Go Metro to save 10% on all food.
  • Boba 7 – tucked away in Soi 7 is one of DTLA’s coolest boba tea spots. Go Metro to get a free upgrade to large.
  • Sticky Rice – located in Grand Central Market, it’s a great place to satisfy any Thai food cravings. Go Metro to receive a $2 token which can be used here.
  • Kabuki Japanese Restaurant – this Old Pasadena dining establishment just launched a new menu! Go Metro to get 15% off your bill.

Dodger Stadium Express will board in front of Metro HQ for this weekend series against Giants


The Dodgers are hosting a huge four-game series this weekend against their NL West rivals San Francisco Giants, who currently have a 2.5-game lead in the division. The first game of the series is tonight at 7:10 p.m.

A heads up for those taking the Dodger Stadium Express to the games: loading at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station will continue to be on the north side of the plaza, directly in front of the Metro headquarters building. This is a temporary location due to ongoing construction and maintenance work on the plaza.

There will be signs pointing the way. If coming from inside Union Station, please use the left escalator or stairs up to the plaza.

Click here for more information on the Dodger Stadium Express.

Go Metro to Pompeii: The Exhibit and save on tickets

A taste of what to expect! Photo via California Science Center Official Facebook

A taste of what to expect! Photo via California Science Center Official Facebook

Pompeii: The Exhibit is coming to the California Science Center! On loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, the exhibit will be on display from May 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015. View artifacts that show the opulent lifestyle and tragic end of this ancient Roman society, including Gladiator armor, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines — all set in their original surroundings. Also experience the catastrophic volcano eruption through an immersive CGI experience!

Go Metro to the California Science Center to see Pompeii and save $5 on adult combination tickets (the Pompeii exhibit and any IMAX movie), or $3 on adult tickets (exhibit only). To get there, take the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, or use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Timed tickets will be required to view the exhibit. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Metro Sponsors “Old Roots, New Routes Ride”, led by C.I.C.L.E. and the Eastside Bike Club!

On Saturday, May 10 Metro will sponsor the “Old Roots, New Routes” bicycle ride, led by C.I.C.L.E. and the Eastside Bike Club. This ride will be part of the Rosemead Boulevard Grand Opening (GO!) celebration. The event will celebrate Temple City’s streetscape redesign of Rosemead Boulevard, a project partially funded by Metro’s Call for Projects. The redesign transforms the city’s main commercial corridor into a vibrant community destination featuring new sidewalks, canopy trees, public art and Los Angeles County’s newest cycle tracks.

Cycle tracks provide space that is intended to be exclusively used by bicyclists. This space is separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes and sidewalks by a physical barrier. By separating bicyclists from motor vehicles, cycle tracks offer an increased level of safety and make bicycling attractive to a larger share of the population.

Ride participants will have an opportunity to practice riding on the newly-implemented cycle tracks while exploring Temple City’s past, present and future. This ride will make one stop at Temple City Park for an open-air museum exhibit curated by the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum.

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: Meet at 10:30 am, ride will leave promptly at 11 am and return by 12 pm
Where: Rosemead Blvd. (between Las Tunas & Broadway) Temple City 91780
Accessible by: Metro buses 78, 79, 266, 378, 487 and 489

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The first wave of photos from today’s Union Station 75th anniversary celebration

A little warm weather on Saturday didn’t keep crowds at bay as thousands of people descended on Union Station for the building’s 75th anniversary celebration that featured live music, train exhibitions, speeches from dignitaries and a lot of folks who apparently wished it was 1939 all over again.

The above photos are just a small slice of today’s activities. Here are even more photos! Click on any of the above photos to see a larger version.

Here’s the lineup of entertainment for Union Station’s 75th

We’re down to the final days before Union Station’s 75th anniversary celebration (and National Train Day) on May 3! Plan your trip to Union Station – the day starts at 10 a.m., ends at 4 p.m. and is free for everyone to attend.

Here are just a few highlights of what you can expect:

  • re-dedication of the station in the historic ticket concourse at 10 a.m.
  • Chuggington™ Kids Depot
  • self-guided architectural tours
  • model train displays
  • Amtrak Exhibit Train
  • live musical performances in the ticket concourse, the Fred Harvey Room, and at the South Patio and East Portal
  • free rides to Glendale Southern Pacific Railroad Station via Metrolink/Amtrak
  • Street Mural Bike Ride with CICLE
  • …and more!

Make sure to take this great opportunity to also explore the neighborhoods surrounding Union Station–the Annenberg Foundation will be handing out TAP cards so you can ride Metro for free! (First come, first served until cards run out.) Your TAP card can score you some pretty sweet discounts at various participating locations. And of course, you’ll also want to purchase one of these special commemorative Union Station TAP cards and these limited edition Union Station posters and T-shirts!

Keep reading after the jump for the full press release from Metro:

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Cool, new interactive Metro Information Tower debuts at Union Station

Kiosk (2 of 4)

Kiosk (4 of 4)

If you’re visiting Union Station on Saturday for the 75th anniversary festivities, please check out the new Metro Information Tower that looks a little like the monolith in “2001: A Space Odyssey” but doesn’t leave you guessing about its purpose in life.

The 17-foot tall interactive kiosk in the Union Station East Portal – there’s only one up and running so far but other, smaller demo kiosks will be around Union Station tomorrow — just might turn out to be your go-to travel tool. Please see the video posted below.

Touchscreen displays include a station guide, a timeline of Union Station history, nearby Metro Destination Discounts that are available to TAP card holders, Nextrip real-time arrivals, the Metro Trip Planner, Metro transit schedules and maps and variable options this weekend including Instagram uploads of Union Station photos hash-tagged with #LAUS75.

On May 3, the demo kiosk near the Information Booth in Union Station will run the only known footage of the 1939 Union Station opening. It was shot by famed Jiminy Cricket animator Ward Kimball.

Metro is also planning to install more touchscreen displays in the future at other Metro Rail stations as part of the Interactive Kiosk Pilot Program.


Here’s the lineup of entertainment for Union Station’s 75th anniversary

Metro announces new 75th anniversary commemorative TAP cards