How to get to the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl game on Metro

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First, a warm welcome to our everyday riders, new riders and visitors from out-of-town and a Happy New Year’s to everyone!

I know that many of you will be attending the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day or the Rose Bowl game between Stanford and Michigan State. As we’ve done in the past, here are some tips for using the Metro system to reach the parade and game:

•I happen to live very close to the Rose Parade route. If you’re thinking about driving to the parade, please keep in mind that street and paid parking is somewhat limited near the parade route and traffic is usually extremely congested after the parade when tens of thousands of cars try to flee Pasadena as many thousands of cars are simultaneously entering Pasadena for the Rose Bowl game. That’s why many people take the Gold Line to the parade and game.

•Metro is running all-night service on New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day for those going to the Parade early; the Parade begins at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day. All-night service will be provided on the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green, Gold, Orange and Silver Lines in addition to bus lines which normally operate late-night owl service. Trains will run at 20-minute intervals from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. 

•As both maps show, there is parking available at many Metro Rail stations, including Gold Line stations. Parking at most stations is free; it’s six dollars a day to park at Los Angeles Union Station. There are also many paid parking in lots in downtown Los Angeles that are near the Red/Purple Line subway that can be used to connect with the Gold Line at Union Station. 

•The Gold Line’s Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake and Allen stations are just a short walk from the parade route:

  • Del Mar Station (walk 2 blocks north to the Parade route)
  • Memorial Park Station (walk 2 blocks south of the Parade route)
  • Lake Station (walk 4 blocks south to Parade route)
  • Allen Station (walk 4 blocks south to Parade route)

Due to the large crowds expected to come out for the Rose Parade, oversize items such as umbrellas, chairs and coolers will not be permitted on the trains that day.

•Fares on Metro Rail are purchased on reloadable plastic TAP cards, which can be purchased from ticket machines aboard Metro Bus lines and all Metro Rail stations for $1; the ticket machines at Metro Rail stations accept cash or credit cards. Fares are $1.50 per ride on a bus or train; there are no transfers available. If you need to transfer, please purchase a $5 day pass that allows for unlimited travel that day. More fare information here.

Avoid long walks and the high cost of parking at the Rose Bowl — it’s $40 per car. Take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station in Pasadena; then take a short walk to the Parsons Parking Lot B and ride a shuttle in comfort past the traffic, right up to the gate. Shuttle service to the Rose Bowl is free and begins at 10 am on January 1. If you are riding a Metro bus after the game, please check the individual timetables for last bus times leaving Pasadena.

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•As a side note, I would expect that both the station platform at the Allen station and the top of the parking garage at Sierra Madre Villa station would provide good views of the flyover that usually precedes the parade and game. I took the top photo from the parking garage at Pasadena City College along Bonnie Avenue; the bottom photo was taken from the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain; the trailhead is located at the top of Lake Avenue in Altadena.

Photo by Steve Hymon.

Photo by Steve Hymon.

Photo by Steve Hymon.

Photo by Steve Hymon.

Queen says be a champion and ride the Gold Line to Tournament of Roses events

2014 Rose Queen Ana Marie Acosta at the Union Station Gold Line platform.

2014 Rose Queen Ana Marie Acosta at the Union Station Gold Line platform.

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The Rose Queen, that is. Metro officials, 2014 Rose Queen Ana Marie Acosta and her lady princesses gathered at Los Angeles Union Station this morning to encourage folks to take advantage of the free rides on New Year’s Eve and the 24-hour Metro Rail service to go to the Rose Parade.

Metro is the best way to get to Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses parade, the Rose Bowl game and post-parade float-viewing at Victory Park. And here are a few tips for those ready to ride:

  • don’t walk on or near the train tracks
  • look carefully for trains coming from both directions
  • always wait for rail crossing gates to close and reopen before crossing an intersection
  • do not bring any flammable liquids, barbeques, fold-out chairs, ladders, large ice chests or coolers on board trains

So ring in the new year with good times, not with flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Go Metro and be safe everyone!

Say cheese

 

DTLA Cheese Shop opened earlier this week at Grand Central Market and, lucky for the cheese lovers among us, it’s pretty close to the Metro Red and Purple Line north Pershing Square Station. DTLA Cheese is the most recent of the new spots at the Market that are tilting the downtown L.A. icon in the international direction.

Some will bemoan the evolution of a place that for decades has been a slice of Latin America. Some may argue that the addition of espresso shots and French pastry is detrimental to the character. But if you glance around the aisles you’ll see a blend of establishments serving … a blend of people, as well as a blend of foods. Isn’t that among the things that makes L.A. compelling?cheese 1 photo

DTLA has premium cheeses. They also have salads (beet, brussels sprouts) and baguette sandwiches (prosciutto, raclette and tapenade and mozzarella with roasted tomatoes and balsamic).

At Grand Central you still can grab a great taco from Ana Maria, pupusas from Sarita’s Pupuseria and chow mein from China Café. But you also can order a cappuccino, macchiato and a spritzey cold tea with hops at G & B Coffee. Or you can stop by Egg**** for an egg salad sandwich, and to find out the full name.

Friday Five: Insta-roundup, Dec. 27

Welcome to Friday Five, a weekly roundup of five transit pics we’re loving on Instagram. Want to be featured? Tag @MetroLosAngeles on Instagram to get our attention and follow us for more fun transit photos.

Here’s your 12 Days of Metro roundup

First off, congrats to our final winner from Day 12 who made it to the California Science Center:

She’ll receive two tickets to the California Science Center IMAX theatre! In addition, she can save 10% at the ExploraStore gift shop with her TAP card – and so can you! (With your own TAP card, I mean. Please don’t take someone else’s.)

A huge thank you to everyone who participated over the past two weeks. If you’d like to see some of the awesome entries, browse the #tapandsave tag on Instagram. We’ll also be using that tag to point out other destinations where you can use your TAP card to save money.

Also, a big thank you to those who just followed along for the ride – I know many of you wanted to participate but couldn’t for various reasons…don’t worry, you will have other opportunities. And if you have any comments or suggestions about future transit contests, drop a line below in the comments or talk to us on Twitter or Instagram.

Friday Five, Insta-roundup, Dec. 20

Welcome to Friday Five, a weekly roundup of five transit pics we’re loving on Instagram. Want to be featured? Tag @MetroLosAngeles on Instagram to get our attention and follow us for more fun transit photos.

This is it, this is the end…Day 12 of the “12 Days of Metro”


Well here you go, the last and most final clue of the “12 Days of Metro”…

Just a little place where you can examine things out of this “stratos”-sphere!

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $17. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

Here’s the Day 11 winner, Instagram user @caraanmarc! He schlepped out to the North Hollywood Federal Bar and will receive a $25 gift card to eat there!

And of course, all Metro riders can save 10% when dining there just by showing their TAP card.

It’s 11 lords a-leaping to dine at this NoHo establishment


Here we are, the penultimate day…Day 11!

“Bank” on getting a good meal and drink in this historic NoHo building.

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $25. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

Here we are at Day 10


And then there were 3 left. The clue for Day 10:

The place where you can dine with a royal pig in Old Pasadena.

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $25. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

Here’s the winner of Day 9, Instagram user fredfreddyyoung, who took a photo of Bow &Truss with TAP card. He’ll receive a $25 gift card to the restaurant!

And all Metro riders can receive 15% off at Bow & Truss by showing their TAP cards when paying the check.