Union Station’s 75th: Seymour Rosen recalls the opening

This is the second of a series of posts on the history of Union Station that will run on Tuesdays and Fridays this month. The station celebrates its 75th anniversary on May 3.  

In this video interview with Seymour Rosen, a member of the Metro Citizens’ Advisory Council, Rosen talks to Metro Community Relations officer Rich Morallo about attending the opening of Union Station in 1939.

Rosen was a teenager when his father took him to the Union Station opening parade on May 3, 1939. They went early to try to secure a good vantage point and ended up standing right in front of Union Station. He and his dad were among the half-million onlookers.

What Rosen remembers most was the crowds. He had never seen so many people in a single location.

“You have to remember that Los Angeles in 1939 was not New York City. This was a major thing. There were so many people. And to see such a grand structure. It was an exciting moment in my life,” Rosen recalled.

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Get ready for Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s April 8

Mark your calendars, ice cream lovers, Ben&Jerry’s Free Cone Day is coming up next Tuesday! And the best place to get some free ice cream? Right here at Los Angeles Union Station.

And if your free cone isn’t enough to satisfy, take advantage of the Union Station Ben&Jerry’s TAP card Tuesday. Just show your TAP card to the cashier on any Tuesday and save 10% on all scoops, milkshakes, smoothies, and sundaes.

The ways to Union Station are many! You can get here by train, bus, bike or foot. Check Trip Planner for routes and connections.

Go Dodger Stadium Express to Opening Day!

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The Dodgers are off to a hot start at 4-1 and now face the Giants for their home opener at 1:10 p.m. Friday. As usual, the game is sold out and a huge crowd is expected.

If you don’t want to hassle with driving, the Dodger Stadium Express bus runs between Union Station and two stops at the stadium, as the map above shows. Union Station is served by the Red/Purple Line, the Gold Line, Metrolink, Amtrak and many bus lines. Maps and timetables here. For those wishing to park at Union Station, the cost is $6. Information on parking at other Metro Rail stations is here.

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More info:

  • Board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.
  • Service leaves Union Station every 5-10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game time through the 3rd inning for all home games. We recommend arriving early; crowds are heaviest near game time.
  • Your Dodger ticket is good on gameday for the Dodger Stadium Express fare*; otherwise, regular Metro fares apply.
  • NEW for 2014: You can exit inside Dodger Stadium at one of two stops – behind Center Field and at the Top Deck. Service will pick up at the same stops after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.
  • Driving to Union Station to connect with the Dodger Stadium Express? Beat traffic on the 10 and 110 freeways with Metro ExpressLanes. They’re toll-free for carpools, vanpools and motorcycles; solo drivers can use them too, by paying a toll. All users except motorcycles need a Fastrak® transponder. Learn more at metroexpresslanes.net

 

Go Metro Weekends, April 4 – 6


Friday

It’s Friday…so treat yourself to something sweet at Sweet Town! Try traditional Chinese sweet soups, contemporary sorbet and gelato desserts, fruity smoothies and all kinds of boba drinks. Best of all, get 10% off your bill with your TAP card. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 81 or 96 to Hill/Alpine)

Saturday

Taco lovers, here we go! Grand Park hosts Taco Madness from noon to sunset. The free event features music, live art and of course, TACOS. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, various buses stopping on Hill, Broadway and Spring)

Sunday

Thai Town USA hosts Thai New Year Festival this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be food, music and other cultural performances. Make sure to get your fill of sticky mango rice! The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Western Station, Metro Bus 207 to Western/Hollywood)

Don’t forget to leave your cars at home for CicLAvia! Here’s the previous post on bus detours and rail service. And here’s how to save on official CicLAvia T-shirts with your TAP card.

All Weekend

Drop by the Chinese American Museum to check out L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments. Could be a real eye-opener for Siracha fans! Plus, you can save 10% at the museum store with your TAP card. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Suggested admission is $3 for adults. (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station)

See A Song at Twilight at the Pasadena Playhouse. There are performances at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $50, and Metro riders can save 20% on admission. (Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Madison)

Go Green, Go Metro to L.A. Clippers games during NBA Green Week

Fans of the L.A. Clippers can support their team by taking public transportation to any of the three Clippers home games during NBA Green Week on April 3, 6 or 9. Riding the bus or train can help you greatly reduce your carbon footprint…and as an added bonus, every time you share on Twitter how you go Metro with the hashtag #NBAGreen, the NBA and Sprint will plant another tree with the Arbor Day Foundation.

Metro and Metrolink will also be handing out “Go Green” gift bags at the Wednesday, April 9 Clippers game. Just drop by the Metro/Metrolink table inside Staples Center and show your TAP card or Metrolink pass to receive a free gift bag! (Availalble while supplies last.)

And as always, Metro riders can save 10% on merchandise and gear at the Clippers Team LA Store.

To get to the Staples Center, take the Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, walk from 7th/Metro, hop on the Metro Silver Line or take various Metro buses. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Construction notice: weekend of San Gabriel Avenue in Azusa this weekend for Gold Line work

Here’s the alert from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the 11.5-mile addition to the Gold Line between Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border:

First of Three Weekend Closures of San Gabriel Ave in Azusa Begins this Weekend, April 4-7

WHO:  Residents / Commuters / Business Owners in the City of Azusa.

WHAT: San Gabriel Ave at the railroad crossing (between Ninth St and Foothill Blvd) in Azusa will be fully closed to thru-traffic in both directions for three weekends this month to allow crews to install track and signal work. This work is part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. Motorists and pedestrians will be detoured around the work area.

WHEN:

San Gabriel Ave at the railroad crossing (between Ninth St and Foothill Blvd): Three full weekend closures to complete the grade crossing improvements:

-        Friday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m. thru Monday, April 7, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.: San Gabriel Ave will be closed to thru-traffic in both directions between Ninth St and Foothill Blvd.

-        Friday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. thru Monday, April 14, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.: San Gabriel Ave will be closed to thru-traffic in both directions between Ninth St and Foothill Blvd.

-        Friday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. thru Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.: San Gabriel Ave will be closed to thru-traffic in both directions between Ninth St and Foothill Blvd.

Note: Work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. during these weekends. A full closure will not occur during the Easter holiday weekend.

WHERE: San Gabriel Ave at the railroad crossing between Ninth St and Foothill Blvd.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

-        The street and sidewalk will be closed to thru-traffic during this work. Detour signage and routes will be in place during the weekend closures to guide motorists and pedestrians around the work area.

-        Access to all local residences and businesses on San Gabriel Ave will remain open at all times.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

-        Visit www.foothillextension.org

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About the Construction Authority: The Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the California State Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from Union Station to Montclair, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. The Construction Authority built the initial segment from Union Station to Pasadena and is underway on the Gold Line Foothill Extension. The Foothill Extension is a nearly $2 billion extension that will connect Pasadena to Montclair in two construction segments – Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair. The 11.5-mile Pasadena to Azusa segment is fully funded by Measure R and will be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will determine when the line will open for passenger service. Three design-build contracts, totaling more than $550 million, are being overseen by the Construction Authority to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment. The Azusa to Montclair segment is environmentally cleared and is proceeding to advanced conceptual engineering in 2014.

Update, 3:42 p.m.: trip planner at metro.net restored and ticket machines accepting credit cards again

UPDATE, 3:42 P.M.: Earlier problems detailed below appear to have been resolved. Thank you for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience!

Due to an internet issue at Metro headquarters, credit cards are not currently working at ticket machines at Metro Rail stations and other locations where the ticket machines are located. Please use cash until credit card access is restored!

Also the trip planner at metro.net is not currently working. Please use Google Transit for your planning needs.

Metro is working to fix both issues. Thank you for your patience!