Are you a Ben or Jerry?

Photo from Ben&Jerry’s Official Facebook

Ben&Jerry’s opened at Union Station this July and provided some sweet, sweet relief during the hot days of summer. Now that the store’s settled in, it’s time for its official grand opening!

Swing by Union Station this Thursday, Friday or Saturday any time between 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to celebrate ice cream.

On Thursday you’ll be able to meet co-founder Ben Cohen, and if you can prove your name is is Ben or Jerry (IDs please!) you can get a free scoop of ice cream. Friday, buy one scoop of frozen Greek yogurt during the allotted time and get one scoop free. On Saturday there will be face painting for kids and a free scoop for anyone in tie-dye. Woody the Ben&Jerry’s Cow will be there all three days for photos.

Union Station can be reached by Amtrak, Metrolink, Metro Rail and numerous bus lines. Ben&Jerry’s is located ajacent to the Amtrak ticket windows.

What's up with the Subway? There's a meeting tonight (Wednesday) to tell you

Metro will host a public meeting tonight on what’s likely to happen during the next 12-18 months as we get ready to build the first section of the Westside Subway project. That section extends the subway from the current end of the Purple Line at Wilshire/Western and adds three new stations at La Brea, Fairfax and La Cienega. Anyone who lives, works, travels or does business in that stretch of Wilshire is especially encouraged to attend.

The meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Oct. 10, in the Terrace Room at the LA County Museum of Art West, 5th Floor, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 90036. It will include an open house period as well as a formal presentation. Metro staff and consultants will be there to provide further information and respond to questions. Here are a few more details.  


Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Oct. 9

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.


A weekend called Carmageddon. By Keith Knight/

The benefits of Carmageddon explained (kchronicles)

This terrific cartoon by Keith Knight says it all. Let’s not forget. And thanks to David Litvak for pointing it out. 

Caltrans says we drove more during second Carmageddon than first (Pacific Palisades Patch)

As was the concern, we hit the roads more during Carmageddon II than during I, according to Caltrans. Fortunately, the miles traveled during the 405 closure were not enough to cause serious traffic damage … although drivers stymied by the marathon might say otherwise.

High gas prices push drivers onto mass transit (KPCC Public Radio)

So there is a positive side to extreme pain at the pump.

Bikes aren’t just good for us. They’re good for the economy, too (Fast Company Exist)

Spending money on bike infrastructure can have far-reaching positive economic impacts … at the same time it benefits the quality of our air and our quads.

Target and $40 million mall to open Sunday near 7th Street/Metro Center Station (Downtown News)

Here’s another good reason to Go Metro: Target is opening in downtown L.A. next week … just steps from the Metro Red, Purple, Blue and Expo lines. Toothpaste anyone?

Artists of the Metro Orange Line exhibition opens October 11 at Los Angeles Valley College

One of the artworks included in the exhibition. Entitled Pond Landscape, by artist Phung Huynh, the artwork is an oil and collage on wooden panel.

•Opening Reception & Artists Panel Discussion: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6–9pm

•Panel with artists Lisa Adams, Ken Gonzales-Day and Anne Marie Karlsen at 7pm

•Moderated by Jorge Pardo, Director, Metro Art & Design, and Phung Huynh, Assistant Professor, Valley College Art Department.

Metro has organized an exciting new exhibition in collaboration with Los Angeles Valley College. Opening this Thursday, October 11, Translations: Artists of the Metro Orange Line features the works of twenty artists commissioned for the Metro Orange Line and demonstrates how artists enliven the public space of transit.

Artworks that reflect the artists’ studio practice in relation to their Metro commissions will be on view, providing insight into the many ways artists translate their practices and material selections to create works of art for public transportation sites.

Featured artists: Lisa Adams, Sandow Birk, Caryl Davis, John Divola, Roy Dowell, Sam Erenberg, Jud Fine, Ken Gonzales-Day, Phung Huynh, Anne Marie Karlsen, Margaret Lazzari, Laura London, Daniel Marlos, Michele Martinez, John O’Brien, Renée Petropoulos, Roxene Rockwell, John Roloff, Pat Warner and Jody Zellen.

View images of all artists’ Orange Line artwork here.

Valley College Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 11am-2pm and 6-9pm (5800 Fulton Ave. Valley Glen, CA 91401). (Closed for the Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving holidays)

The gallery is located in the Art Building on the northwest corner of campus. Map. The exhibition ends December 13, 2012. Read the exhibition press release here.

Transportation headlines, Monday, Oct. 8

Grand Park party at night. Photo by Warren Morse/Metro

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 orRSS feed.

Grand old parties (LA Times)

On Saturday, aerial dancers at City Hall, a choreographed dance performance in the water and a Latin jazz duo helped mark the opening of Grand Park’s final section in downtown L.A. and the Metro Red Line subway Civic Center station was right there — in the middle of the action — to drop us off at the celebration. On Sunday, the fifth CicLAvia showed us the beauty of downtown L.A. on a sunny day, when a reported 100,000 bicyclists, pedestrians and skateboarders flooded the downtown streets.

Why are Germans five times more likely to ride public transit than we are? Some of the reasons may surprise you (Transport Reviews)

The study calls it “an analysis of rider characteristics” but it has a lot to do with government policy. The success of German public transport is due to a coordinated package of mutually supportive policies, many of which have yet to catch on in the U.S. It’s a long read but the abstract and conclusion tell much of the story.

Park place (LA Times magazine)

The power and price of the hallowed parking spot is studied here in this fascinating piece on the world of parking, where meter maids are under siege and the tickets keep on coming.

Freeway ramps closed for CicLAvia

From Caltrans, the following freeway ramps will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 7 to accomodate CicLAvia:

Golden State Freeway (I-5)
From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Traffic restrictions on north and southbound 4th Street on and off-ramps

Hollywood Freeway (US 101)
From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Full closure of north and southbound 4th Street on and off-ramps
Full closure of northbound Spring Street off-ramp
Traffic restrictions on southbound Broadway off-ramp

Harbor Freeway (SR-110)
From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Full closure of north and southbound 9th Street on and off-ramps
Full closure of southbound SR-110 Adams Boulevard off-ramp

Service delays this morning on the Green Line

Passengers on the Metro Green Line this morning are experiencing delays of up to 7 minutes from Marine Station to Douglas Station due to power problems. Metro expects to have full service on the alignment restored before 11 a.m. For now, passengers from Marine Station traveling eastbound will board a shuttle train to Douglas Station and from there transfer to another train to complete their trip. For service alerts visit and follow us on Twitter @metroLAalerts