Want a Get Out of Traffic License? Here’s where to get one during Rideshare Week

15335552785_37c5eb67b2_nDo you avoid driving solo to work? Have you made a commitment to share the ride whenever you can? If so, come out and get your very own Get Out of Traffic License!

During California Rideshare Week, Oct. 6 – 10, Metro will be issuing Get Out of Traffic Licenses to commuters who qualify* at four Metro stations and at the Civic Center Clean Air/Rideshare Fair. To receive a Get Out of Traffic License, be ready to take a photo at any of the following locations:

  • Monday, Oct. 6 from 8 – 10 a.m. at Union Station East Portal
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 8 -9 a.m. at Culver City Station
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 8 – 9 a.m. at North Hollywood Station
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Civic Center Clean Air/Rideshare Fair at Los Angeles Grand Park
  • Friday, Oct. 10 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at El Monte Station

*If you’ve ever tried (or are going to try) carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, walking or bicycling to work, you qualify!

Metro will also be giving out Rideshare Week goodie bags at the listed locations. Goodie bags include a reusable tote bag, buttons, and more. Bags will be handed out each day on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out.

Here are a few Golden Pylon Award winners and their licenses!

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During Rideshare Week, commuters also will have a chance to win great prizes by pledging to share the ride online at metro.net/rideshareweek. Pledging to rideshare even just one day out of the week will enter you in the raffle. Prizes include gift cards and tablets, among other items. Continue reading

Metrolink runs USC Football Express from The OC for Saturday’s game versus Beavers

USC fans hope the Beavers don't chop down what's left of their college football playoff hopes after the devastating Stanford loss. Photo by Mark Round, via Flickr creative commons.

USC (2-1) fans hope the Beavers (3-0) don’t chop down what’s left of their college football playoff hopes after the devastating loss to Boston College earlier this season. Photo by Mark Round, via Flickr creative commons.

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

USC Football Express to take fans from Orange County to Los Angeles

Fans can save time and money by taking Metrolink Sept. 27 to Oregon State game

LOS ANGELES – Football fans are encouraged to ride the USC Football Express to and from Los Angeles Union Station for the Saturday, Sept. 27 game between No. 18 USC and the undefeated Oregon State Beavers at 7:30 p.m.

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is funding the special Metrolink train service to and from the Saturday night game. Orange County Line train 6507 will depart Oceanside at 3:15 p.m., making 11 convenient station stops before a 5:25 p.m. Union Station arrival.

Metrolink riders can purchase the always low-priced $10 Weekend Day Pass, which allows passengers to ride anytime, anywhere system-wide on either Saturday or Sunday.

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Go Metro to the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival and save $3 on admission

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The second annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival takes place on Saturday, September 27 from 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. at Rainbow Lagoon Park. Festival goers will have a gaggle of events to participate in including a pie eating contest and the instrument petting zoo!

Be sure to show your valid TAP card at the box office on the day of the festival and save $3 off of regular $20 admission!

Keep in mind the current Blue Line construction as you plan your trip to the festival. Take the Metro Blue Line to Anaheim Street Station and transfer to the free bus shuttle that will take you to Pacific and Ocean in Downtown Long Beach. From there, it’s a short walk down South Pine Avenue until you reach Shoreline Drive. Or you can hop on one of the Passport Buses to complete your trip. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.

View of every Metro bus stop on a map

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Ever wondered how extensive and large Metro’s bus system is? Here’s a cool interactive we built that shows you all of Metro’s bus stops plotted on a map. It’s amazing to see just how massive the bus system is and how much it covers Los Angeles County and beyond. You can zoom and pan about the map, and click on stops to gain more information.

If you’re interested in the data presented in this interactive, you can visit our Developer’s page where you can find and download tons of data available for free to the public from the agency.

Some additional information about our bus system:

Metro Buses

Bus Stops 15,967
Square Miles in Service Area 1,433
Number of Bus Routes 170
Total Metro Bus Fleet 2,228
Buses leased to contractors to provide service on Metro routes (Included in total) 173

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – Javier Partida, a mentor for the youth in the Watts community

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: Javier Partida (JP)
  • Origin and destination: From Century/Wilmington to 103/Success
  • Distance: Short (Less than 1 mile)
  • Type of commute: Clever commute
  • The commuter: Converted commuter (for new riders)

Thank you, John Jones III of East Side Riders BC, for nominating JP for the Golden Pedal Awards! Your participation is important!

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JP and a community member testing one of the low rider bikes.

JP is known as the fearless leader of Los Ryderz BC in Watts. Along with the East Side Riders, they make up the United Riders of South LA, a group formed to unite the new bicycle riders and clubs in the South LA region. JP works closely with at-risk youths in Watts and spends most of his time outside work mentoring them. Continue reading

Transportation headlines, Wednesday, September 24

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! 

Cloverfield TPSS Lift 2

For those who like heavy construction (literally) here’s a pic from earlier this month of a substation being lifted into place for the Expo Line. The substations supply voltage to the overhead wires that, in turn, deliver power to the tracks. The substations were manufactured in Virginia and traveled a week cross-country to the Westside. The last two substations for the second phase of the Expo Line will arrive by mid-November.

Are toll lanes elitist or progressive? (L.A. Times)

With Orange County officials still considering toll lanes for the 405 freeway, the Times’ editorial board publishes its very interesting internal discussion on whether to back congestion pricing lanes or not. The fascinating part: they can’t reach agreement while writers on both sides of the debate make some very good points. Kerry Cavanaugh has this to say:

Also, when we looked at Metro’s fare increase a few months ago, we urged the agency to consider more tolling. So who should be bearing the burden if not riders? To start, Metro should look at ways to shift some transit system costs onto drivers, which may sound unfair until you consider that they’re getting a heavily subsidized ride on publicly built and maintained roads. If added fees make it less appealing for people to drive, that’s a good thing; fewer cars on the road reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Metro should lobby for higher fuel taxes to fund mass transit, look at expanding tolling or congestion pricing to help pay for bus and rail rides, and charge for Metro parking lots.

One of the other points debated is whether it’s best to toll just some lanes — as Metro does on the ExpressLanes on the 10 and 110 (the HOV lanes to be exact) — or all the lanes. In some places such as Chicago and New York, everyone pays tolls to travel certain parts of the freeway. Does it raise money? Yes. Does it cut down on traffic? Hard to say, as traffic can be pretty hideous but possibly it would be more hideous without the tolls. The other part of the question: what if the tolls were dynamic and reflected supply-and-demand?

What the latest Census data says about L.A. city bicycle commuting (Streetsblog LA)

With an assist from Jeff Jacobberger, the latest American Community Survey numbers get crunched, leading to the conclusion that about 1.2 percent of commuters in the city of L.A. are biking to work, 3.6 percent are walking, 10.8 percent are riding transit, 67.1 percent are driving alone and 9.9 percent are carpooling.

As Jeff and Streetsblog point out, these are work trips only — so the numbers aren’t fulluy capturing the folks who ride their bikes to transit or those who may use their cars for work trips but are using their bikes to run errands and such.

All that said, the number of those people biking to work appears to be up in L.A. in recent years, but many more men are willing to ride than women.

Very interesting post and it’s worth noting that a higher percentage of commuters take transit in the city of L.A. than across the entire county. That’s not a huge surprise, given that a lot of Metro’s existing service is within the boundaries of Los Angeles. That said, the numbers probably also reflect that the city has the kind of population density and geographical layout that best supports transit at this time.

Don’t count out L.A. as transit-friendly choice (Boston Globe)

This letter to the editor is about Boston’s purported transit advantage over Los Angeles when it come to bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Not so fast, says the reader — having Olympic venues in Long Beach would work because of the Metro Blue Line, she says, and there are plans underway to make our region more walker, biker and river friendly.

Nice to see L.A. getting some love on the East Coast. Of the other cities interested in the 2024 Games, I do think Boston is the most formidable opponent, given their transit system, many existing sports facilities (thanks to all their colleges) and the fact they’ve never hosted an Olympics and the region isn’t as spread out as here. On the plus side for us, there remains a decent chance no one will be able to understand anything Boston reps say when arguing for the games :)

Finally, a big welcome back aboard, Kings fans! This one — from Monday night’s pre-season game — is about as pretty as it gets:

I couldn’t care less about the phone used to film the above video. But the scenery is great, not silly far from L.A. and sort of involves transportation. If nothing else, some nice eye candy to get you past Wednesday.

Metro sponsors “Glendale: The Jewel City Tour,” led by C.I.C.L.E. and Walk Bike Glendale!

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Join Metro, CICLE and Walk Bike Glendale for a fun-filled ride through historic Glendale on Saturday, September 27. Riders will pedal past the city’s beloved Porto’s Bakery, the iconic and regal Alex Theater and renowned Golden Road Brewing. Enjoy a sweet treat from Porto’s and ride along through history on this delicious, bedazzled ride.

Meet up with the group at the Glendale Metrolink Station, 400 W Cerritos Avenue, Glendale at 9:30 a.m. The ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m and the ride will return to the starting point at 12:30 p.m.

Metro sponsored rides provide an opportunity to practice riding comfortably with traffic, bike safely in a group and become better acquainted with bikeways in Los Angeles County. C.I.C.L.E. rides are leisurely, family-friendly and led by fully-supportive and trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. Prior to the ride, safe street riding and group ride etiquette will be reviewed to ensure smooth sailing.

More information on the ride available at CICLE.org

Join Glendale: The Jewel City Tour on Facebook!