Come meet me at Metro

 

Instead of riding Metro to see a show, let the journey itself be the spectacle! Watts Village Theater Company is putting on their third annual Meet Me @Metro, a traveling theatre event that will be held along the Gold Line on the next two weekends.

Audience members will gather at Union Station in the East Portal, then be guided en masse toward East L.A. Civic Center. Six performances, designed to showcase the history of L.A. culture and art, will be held at four separate stops along the way. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing because audience participation is encouraged!

Meet Me @Metro will take place on the following days and times:

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept.1, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and include a Metro day pass, which means after the show is over you can go explore more of L.A. by Metro. For those on a tighter budget, there are two pay-what-you-will shows: Sunday, Aug. 26 at noon and Saturday, Sept. 1 at noon. Each trip will take approximately 3.5 hours and all ages are welcome.

Get ready to experience the Gold Line in a whole new way! I’ll be attending the very first show on August 25 for those who may be interested in playing “Spot the Metro-ette.”

The art of transit

photo by Gilderic Photography, via Flickr creative commons

In my role as chief Metro blogger, I see an awful lot of escalator photos — and Metro certainly has some big ones — and most of them aren’t very interesting. But every so often I come across one on Flickr that’s pretty good, such as this one from Budapest, taken in 2007. Nice lines and use of the flat but bright light.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to sourcemetro@gmail.com or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.

July ridership numbers — Expo Line continues to make gains

Looks like a trend we’ve seen in recent months continues: Metro Rail ridership continues to increase while systemwide bus ridership is flat. The Expo Line continues to increase with more than 18,000 average weekday boardings.

That’s not a huge surprise with July being the first month that the full first phase was open between downtown L.A. and Culver City.

Below are the July numbers, which on the rail side are tabulated over the prior several months and then crunched to come up with the monthly numbers:

 Ridership Statistics

 Bus – Directly Operated

July 2012 July 2011 July 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 1,032,747 1,052,088 1,058,021
Average Saturday Boardings 718,137 731,024 722,957
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 539,825 536,218 536,789
Total Calendar Month Boardings 27,799,185 27,914,188 28,517,171

 

Directly operated bus ridership includes Orange and Silver Line ridership.

 

Bus – Contract

 

July 2012 July 2011 July 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 42,578 41,489 42,239
Average Saturday Boardings 25,227 24,243 24,418
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 19,101 18,170 18,633
Total Calendar Month Boardings 1,109,651 1,060,013 1,102,262

 

Bus – Systemwide

 

July 2012 July 2011 July 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 1,075,325 1,093,577 1,100,260
Average Saturday Boardings 743,364 755,267 747,375
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 558,926 554,388 555,422
Total Calendar Month Boardings 28,908,836 28,974,201 29,619,433

 

Directly operated bus ridership includes Orange and Silver Line ridership.

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AAA now offering ExpressLane transponders with 20 percent discount on initial tolls for Auto Club members

Here’s the news release from the Auto Club:
Beginning today, all Automobile Club of Southern California branches are offering Metro ExpressLane transponders at a 20 percent discount exclusively for Auto Club members. Currently, Auto Club branches are the only retail locations outside of Metro customer centers where the transponders can be obtained.
Existing and expanded carpool lanes will become ExpressLanes open to both toll-paying solo drivers and carpoolers on the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110) later this year and along Interstate 10 in East Los Angeles next year. All drivers, whether driving alone or in a carpool, will be required to have a transponder to use the Metro ExpressLanes.

Measure R extension designated as Measure J on November 6 ballot

The Los Angeles County Registrar on Friday officially approved the Measure J title to the Metro-sponsored ballot measure asking county voters to extend the Measure R half-cent sales tax for 30 years – from mid-2039 to mid-2069. Here’s the ballot language that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot:

Accelerating Traffic Relief, Job Creation.
To advance Los Angeles County’s traffic relief, economic growth/ job creation, by accelerating construction of light rail/ subway/ airport connections within five years not twenty; funding countywide freeway traffic flow/ safety /bridge improvements, pothole repair; keeping senior/ student/ disabled fares low; Shall Los Angeles County’s voter-approved one-half cent traffic relief sales tax continue, without tax rate increase, for another 30 years or until voters decide to end it, with audits/ keeping funds local?

Transportation headlines, Monday, August 20

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Azusa residents get a chance to air complaint about Gold Line parking structure (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

A planned parking garage along Alameda Avenue in Azusa for the Gold Line Foothill Extension is getting a chilly reception for some residents because it would be built in existing Veterans Freedom Park. The city plans to add to overall park space to compensate but at a recent meeting that idea, too, was not greeted with wine, roses and chocolate, so to speak.

City of L.A. bike parking map now online! (LADOT Bike Blog)

The city has more than 5,000 bike parking spaces and the map shows the location of racks throughout L.A. The map allows you to see which racks and near which businesses and to also report a problem with a rack. Nice.

Councilman LaBonge wants Olympics back in L.A. (KNBC)

L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge has authored a motion asking the city to explore a future Olympics bid. Perhaps he read our recent post about L.A.’s transit readiness for such an event!

The latest segment of Mass Transit TV has footage of Dallas’ new Orange Line, new rail cars on the Chicago El and bus surveillance cameras and tunnel boring machines in Gotham.