TAP to get a free drink at the KTOWN Night Market this weekend

Get ready for the KTOWN Night Market on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown. Enjoy free live performances at the Kollaboration Stage, join the K-Pop Experience, or mingle at K-Pop Fan Club Meet Up.

The outdoor event will feature more than 100 food and merchandise booths. Drop by the Seoul Sausage Company booth and show your valid TAP card to receive a free soda beverage with your food purchase.

The KTOWN Night Market starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both nights end at midnight and the event is free and open to the public. Get there via the Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie Station or the Red/Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station. Metro Bus 20 also stops right in front of the night market at Wilshire/Alexandria.

To get an idea of what kind of food you can expect, watch the video after the jump. Warning: it contains graphic scenes of delicious food preparation and enjoyment.

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Transportation headlines, Monday, April 14

Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Pick your social media poison! 

Mayor Garcetti’s State of the City: six ‘Great Streets’ announced (Streetsblog L.A.)

Good breakdown and overview of the plans for beautifying and making six streets throughout the city more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. The six streets: Gaffey (San Pedro), Reseda and Van Nuys (San Fernando Valley), Westwood (Westside), Figueroa (downtown and South L.A.) and Crenshaw (South L.A.). As Joe Linton notes, light rail is coming to Crenshaw, the Expo Line will stop at the southern end of Westwood and the East San Fernando Valley Transit Project is planned for Van Nuys. Figueroa, of course, parallels the Expo Line.

Climate efforts falling short, U.N. panel says (New York Times) 

Officials say we can’t afford to lose another decade talking and not taking action. The top of the story:

BERLIN — Delivering the latest stark news about climate change on Sunday, a United Nations panel warned that governments are not doing enough to avert profound risks in coming decades. But the experts found a silver lining: Not only is there still time to head off the worst, but the political will to do so seems to be rising around the world.

In a report unveiled here, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that decades of foot-dragging by political leaders had propelled humanity into a critical situation, with greenhouse emissions rising faster than ever. Though it remains technically possible to keep planetary warming to a tolerable level, only an intensive push over the next 15 years to bring those emissions under control can achieve the goal, the committee found.

Downtown L.A. goes from gritty to glitzy (Wall Street Journal) 

The story’s emphasis is on luxury real estate and, to a lesser degree, the revival of some downtown neighborhoods. Interestingly, the words “transit,” “bus” or “train” do not appear in the article.

A bike path in the L.A. River bed (KCET)

The headline should come with a question mark at the end as the issue is being explored by a cyclist and real estate developer tired of lack of access to the river in downtown L.A.

Will Angels Flight ever roll again? (Downtown News) 

A dispute between the foundation that runs the short funicular and state regulators means it could be some time before a reopening. Trains are running but without passengers, says the foundation.

Northbound I-405 closure in West L.A. between National Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard planned nights of April 14 to 19

Closures on the I-405 this week:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from National Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard the nights of April 14 through 19 to facilitate re-striping of northbound I-405 lanes between the I-10 and Wilshire Boulevard. Closure information is as follows:

  • From midnight to 5 a.m., starting at midnight on Monday, April 14 and continuing every night—from midnight to 5 a.m.—until 5 a.m. on Friday, April 18 (Four nights)
  • On Friday night, April 18, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 (One night)

Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m. each night.

Ramp Closures:

Eastbound & Westbound I-10 connectors to Northbound I-405

Northbound I-405 on-ramp from Olympic Boulevard/Pico Boulevard (on Cotner Avenue)

Northbound I-405 on-ramp and off-ramp at Santa Monica Boulevard

Northbound I-405 off-ramp to Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard

Northbound I-405 off-ramp to Westbound Wilshire Boulevard


From Westbound I-10: Exit Bundy North, turn right to northbound Bundy Drive, turn right on eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, and turn left to enter the northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp.

From Eastbound I-10: Exit at Overland Avenue off-ramp, turn right to northbound Overland, turn left to westbound Pico Boulevard, turn right to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, and turn right to enter the northbound I-405 at the eastbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp.

Northbound I-405 will be accessible at the northbound on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard.

What to expect:

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – Nick Rosenblum, has only been riding his bicycle for 6 months, but is officially converted!

We are collecting nominations for the Year-Round Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a monthly Why You Ride series – because for many Angelenos, Bike Week never ends!

  • Name: Nick Rosenblum
  • Start: Palms Boulevard at National Blvd. (Los Angeles Westside)
  • End: Venice Boulevard at Beethoven Street. (Los Angeles Westside)
  • Distance: Medium and Long Commute (1 to 5 miles and 5 miles or more)
  • Commuting Features: Traffic-congested commute via bike lanes.


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Nick standing by his commuter bicycle!

We received Nick’s nomination from Diana Ruzova, someone who knows him very well. Diana told us that Nick didn’t always ride his bike around the city, but after several skateboarding injuries he decided to give biking a try. We congratulate Nick for his perseverance and encourage him to continue bicycling.

Now Nick barely drives. He bikes a few miles to his job as an assistant sound editor at an animation production/post production company. Nick takes the Venice Boulevard bike lane and has to deal with nearby traffic going to and from the freeway. He also bikes to Hollywood, Manhattan Beach and other parts of the region.

With help from our generous Bike Week sponsors, Nick will receive a Bike Week LA bag with a Nathan safety vest, patch kits, bike blinkers, bike maps, and “Every Lane is a Bike Lane” bumper stickers.

Don Knabe and state leaders launch new anti-child sex trafficking awareness Metro and billboard campaign

Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Don Knabe joined California State Senators Ted Lieu and Bob Huff on Friday to reiterate their collective efforts to crack down on the demand-side of the illicit child sex trafficking industry and announce the launch of a new county-wide Metro and billboard awareness campaign.

You may remember a previous campaign by Metro, also led by Supervisor Knabe, to combat the heinous crime of child sex trafficking. The new campaign began as a public service campaign originating as ProtectOaklandKids, a collaborative effort of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, MISSSEY, Clear Channel Outdoor and the original design team of Suzanne Boutilier, Genice Jacobs and Jed Davis. It will appear at Metro train stations and bus stops, rail cars and buses in English and Spanish. The information will also appear on Metro’s website.

“Metro is proud to support Supervisor Don Knabe in the campaign to fight child sex trafficking, and we encourage our many riders to be vigilant of suspicious activity on our buses, trains and in our stations,” Metro CEO Art Leahy said. “If you ‘See Something, Say Something’ to Sheriff’s deputies or Metro employees–if could save the life of a young victim.”

Thanks to a generous donation by Clear Channel Outdoor, digital displays and traditional billboards will broadcast the message across Los Angeles County.

“This campaign is a critical step in raising awareness of child sex trafficking and changing the public’s mentality that prostitution is a life choice,” Supervisor Knabe said. “No child grows up wanting to be bought and sold for sex in the streets of their community–they are victims–often forced into this life by brutal violence and threats. The true criminals are the scumbags that buy and sell young boys and girls for money and get off with a slap on the wrist.”

The campaign comes on the heels of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voting unanimously to support a state-sponsored “War on Child Sex Trafficking” legislative package that will add sex trafficking to the list of gang activity felonies and allow wiretapping in suspected trafficking cases.

© 2014 Alameda County District Attorney’s Office

Union Station: A man worthy of respect

This is the fourth of a series of posts on the history of Union Station that we are running this month. The station celebrates its 75th anniversary on May 3. 

Amtrak conductor Irv Hirsch

Amtrak conductor Irv Hirsch. Photo by Kim Upton/Metro

He’s an Amtrak conductor based at Union Station and has been since 1974. But among his fondest memories is his time as a porter on the trains between L.A. and Chicago.

“I still have my old card that says I’m a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Sleeping Car Porters – the historic Black union,” he recalled. “If you were a Pullman sleeping car porter you were a man worthy of respect.”

As a porter, Irv Hirsch was in charge of one car. Each cubicle was a seating room during the day. It was converted by the porters to sleeping berths at night. A porter in those days was bellman, maid, upstairs waiter and concierge to the travelers in his car, in Hirsch’s case, on the Amtrak Southwest Chief’s 43-hour trip between Los Angeles and Chicago. The African American porters were men of distinction, Hirsch said, who would have thrived in any career. They were proud of their positions and he was proud to be among the few white porters at the time.

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Southbound I-405 closure in West L.A. between Getty Center Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard planned Nights of April 12, 13

Weekend closures on the I-405:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the southbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from Getty Center Drive to Santa Monica Boulevard to facilitate roadway pouring at the freeway median, installation of an overhead sign and restriping of lanes westerly on Saturday and Sunday nights, April 12 and 13. Closure information is as follows:

  • The night of Saturday, April 12, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday
  • The night of Sunday, April 13, from midnight to 6 a.m. Monday

Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m. each night.

Ramp Closures:

o   Southbound Getty on-ramp

o   Southbound/Eastbound Sunset on-ramp

o   Southbound/Westbound Sunset on-ramp

o   Southbound Sunset off-ramp

o   Southbound Eastbound/Westbound Wilshire off-ramp

o   Southbound Santa Monica off-ramp


o   Southbound Getty off-ramp, south on Sepulveda Boulevard, east on Santa Monica Boulevard to Southbound Santa Monica on-ramp.

What to expect: