Celebrate Latino Heritage Month LA with Metro and save at various destinations

An eastbound Gold Line train heads toward its East L.A. terminus on a recent evening. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

An eastbound Gold Line train heads toward its East L.A. terminus. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Experience Latino Heritage Month LA by taking advantage of the first ever Latino Heritage Month Metro discounts program. From September 1 through October 31, those who show their TAP cards at participating Latino and Latino-themed businesses near Metro stops and stations can enjoy discounts! To see all the participating businesses and discounts being offered, click here. Need help deciding on where to go first? Here are a few recommendations:

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Metro Board workshop today to discuss LASD issues

The Metro Board of Directors will hold a special workshop today at noon to discuss the performance of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which is under contract to patrol Metro’s buses, trains, stations and other facilities.

The workshop was prompted by an internal audit of the LASD, which identified a variety of issues ranging from the way that deputies are deployed to fare evasion. This report to the Metro Board by Metro’s Office of the Inspector General covers some of the audit’s findings.

You can listen to the meeting today over the phone by dialing 213-922-6045 or listening online by going to this link once the meeting begins and then selecting the workshop.

This Sunday: CicLAvia explores Broadway and so should you

CicLAvia-Explores-logoIn anticipation of the October 5 CicLAvia – Heart of LA, CicLAvia will explore one of downtown Los Angeles’ historic neighborhoods on Sunday, September 7. Join CicLAvia for a day of food, free tours and a screening of the movie Mulholland Drive in the Broadway Theater District. The day on Broadway runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the movie screening starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are required for the movie, the cost is $10.

Another thing we love about Tacos Tumbras a Tomas? The liberal use of avocado. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

Just one of the many delicious food items you can enjoy at Grand Central Market. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro


Grab lunch at Grand Central Market before exploring Broadway! From tacos to sticky rice, pizzas to ice cream, the market has something for everyone to enjoy. Show your valid TAP card and provide your email address at the information desk located on the Hill Street side of the market and receive a $2 off token to be redeemed at any food and non-alcoholic drink vendor in the market. This offer is only valid on September 7.

To reach Grand Central Market, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.

Preview of September Metro service council meetings

September starts with a new slate of service council sessions. First up is the San Fernando Valley Service Council meeting, taking place tonight, Wednesday, September 3.

Last month, the San Fernando Valley and Westside/Central service councils conducted public hearings to receive input on proposed service changes in their regions that, if approved, would go into effect December this year. Both of those councils will receive a report summarizing public comments and will vote on staff recommendations for the proposed service changes. Since no major December service changes were proposed for the other regions, those Service Councils did not hold hearings and do not have any proposed changes to vote on. For details on the proposed December 2014 service changes, click here.

All service councils are scheduled to receive a presentation on Metro’s Rider Relief Transit Program, which includes fare subsidy discount coupons to qualified low income riders, and the monthly Director’s report, which provides statistics on ridership, performance and other measures of Metro service. For more information about each service council, click on the name of the council to view their web page. Meeting topics for service council meetings this month, in addition to the Riders Relief presentation to all councils, include:

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FlyAway bus to begin service from Hollywood to LAX

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If you live in Hollywood, you no longer have to travel to downtown to catch the FlyAway bus to LAX. Starting today, FlyAway will run service to LAX from the southeast corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue, across the street from the Red Line Hollywood/Vine Station and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

Service from Hollywood starts at 5:15 a.m. and will run hourly until 10:15 p.m. One-way fare is $8 for adults and free for children 5 and younger.  Airport officials estimate that more than 100,000 people will ride the shuttle in its first year of operation.

Metro Presents: Ethio Cali-style jazz at Union Station on September 12

Ethio Cali, a Los Angeles based Ethio-jazz band, will perform at Union Station on Friday, September 12. The performance will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Fred Harvey Room.

The band will perform two 45-minute sets starting at 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. DJ Jeremy Sole of KCRW/theLIFT will open for the band. The performance is free to the public and dancing will be welcome.

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Metro Gold Line speeds UCLA fans to the Rose Bowl

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The Rose Bowl in Pasadena is expected to be sold out on Saturday, September 6, 2014 as UCLA plays its first home football game of the season at 7 p.m. against the University of Memphis and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) encourages fans to avoid traffic congestion and take the Metro Gold Line to the game.

Gold Line service is scheduled every 7-10 minutes before and after the game. Fans can exit the Gold Line at the Memorial Park Station and walk four blocks west on Holly Street to catch a free shuttle to the Rose Bowl that departs from the Parsons Corporation parking lot at Raymond Avenue. Alternatively, it is a 1.5 mile walk (about 25 minutes) to the Rose Bowl.

“Traditionally, the Rose Bowl has been a car-oriented destination but more and more fans are discovering the convenience of riding the Metro Gold Line to the games,” Metro CEO Art Leahy said. “Metro customers not only get quick and safe transport, they won’t have to sit in snarling traffic and pay $25 to park their cars.”

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