Upcoming construction closure: 20th Street at Expo Line intersection in Santa Monica

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expo workHere’s the construction notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the agency building the six-mile project that will extend tracks from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica with seven new stations. A segment of 20th Street will be closed this weekend and the next for track work.

The project is funded mostly by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. It is currently forecast to open in early 2016.

Upcoming construction closure: 19th Street at Expo Line intersection in Santa Monica

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Above is the good word from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the agency building the six-mile project that will extend tracks from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica with seven new stations.

The project is funded mostly by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. It is currently forecast to open in early 2016.

Go Metro Weekends, September 5 – 7

The Culver Hotel hosts image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC

When the Culver Hotel opened in 1924, local papers called the six-story building the “Culver skyscraper.” This weekend, you can Go Metro to the hotel’s Prohibition Ball (and much more). Image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC.

Friday

This Friday at Dodger Stadium is the first-ever Dodgers Koreatown Night! Purchase tickets for the all-you-can-eat section and you’ll not only get to enjoy unlimited Dodger dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and nachos, you’ll also receive a free Hyun-Jin Ryu bobblehead and a special K-town Black Card (good for discounts at various K-town hotspots.) Hip-hop rapper and Koreatown native Dumbfoundead will throw the night’s first pitch against the Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m. And if you miss this game, there are a few left in the season…and you can save money on tickets to them with your TAP card! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line, or various buses, to Union Station, then hop aboard the Dodger Stadium Express.)

Simmer down at the end of another week with live jazz at the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Jamire Williams performs from 9 p.m. to midnight, giving you plenty of time to snag sushi or ramen beforehand. Tickets are $15, and you must be 21 or older. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Saturday

Street Food Cinema presents Pineapple Express in Exposition Park at 8:30 p.m. Arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. for live music by Cashew & Cleary and dinner at a plethora of food trucks. Tickets range from $12 to $17. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Silver Line to 37th St/USC, or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Exposition.)

Headed to the Prohibition Ball at the Culver Hotel? Ditch the jalopy for a safe, easy ride with Metro! Culver City Station is a 10 minute walk from the party, and service runs until 2 a.m. on Saturday. 1920s attire is required, and tickets are $90.

Malaysian-born songstress and DTLA resident Yuna performs for free this Saturday evening at the California Plaza as part of Grand Performance’s summer concert series. We’re digging her take on Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You.” The show starts at 8 p.m., grab dinner at Noe Restaurant or Johnny’s Pizza beforehand and save some money with your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro buses serving Grand, Figueroa, Temple or 1st.)

Sunday

Celebrate Mexican Independence at the “oldest and largest Hispanic parade in the country,” followed by a family-friendly day of culture, entertainment and fun at the East LA Parade and Festival this Sunday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. while the festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. Make sure to have your TAP card handy for a chance to win tickets to a major theme park. (Metro Gold Line to East LA Civic Center Station.)

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Deadline extended for public input on potential bike share locations

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Last month Metro’s Bike Share Implementation Plan team announced it was taking public suggestions for possible Bike share locations in Downtown L.A., Long Beach, Pasadena and Santa Monica as part of a first phase pilot program. See original post here.

To summarize, Metro is developing a regional bikeshare plan where bikes can be borrowed for shot periods of time or short distances.

The original deadline for public input was September 8, but that deadline has now been extended to September 15 so Metro can respond to increasing interest to provide comments.

So, if you haven’t already, visit Metro’s interactive map to make your station suggestions.  You officially have another week!

 

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month LA with Metro and save at various destinations

An eastbound Gold Line train heads toward its East L.A. terminus on a recent evening. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

An eastbound Gold Line train heads toward its East L.A. terminus. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Experience Latino Heritage Month LA by taking advantage of the first ever Latino Heritage Month Metro discounts program. From September 1 through October 31, those who show their TAP cards at participating Latino and Latino-themed businesses near Metro stops and stations can enjoy discounts! To see all the participating businesses and discounts being offered, click here. Need help deciding on where to go first? Here are a few recommendations:

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Metro Board workshop today to discuss LASD issues

The Metro Board of Directors will hold a special workshop today at noon to discuss the performance of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which is under contract to patrol Metro’s buses, trains, stations and other facilities.

The workshop was prompted by an internal audit of the LASD, which identified a variety of issues ranging from the way that deputies are deployed to fare evasion. This report to the Metro Board by Metro’s Office of the Inspector General covers some of the audit’s findings.

You can listen to the meeting today over the phone by dialing 213-922-6045 or listening online by going to this link once the meeting begins and then selecting the workshop.

This Sunday: CicLAvia explores Broadway and so should you

CicLAvia-Explores-logoIn anticipation of the October 5 CicLAvia – Heart of LA, CicLAvia will explore one of downtown Los Angeles’ historic neighborhoods on Sunday, September 7. Join CicLAvia for a day of food, free tours and a screening of the movie Mulholland Drive in the Broadway Theater District. The day on Broadway runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the movie screening starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are required for the movie, the cost is $10.

Another thing we love about Tacos Tumbras a Tomas? The liberal use of avocado. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

Just one of the many delicious food items you can enjoy at Grand Central Market. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

 

Grab lunch at Grand Central Market before exploring Broadway! From tacos to sticky rice, pizzas to ice cream, the market has something for everyone to enjoy. Show your valid TAP card and provide your email address at the information desk located on the Hill Street side of the market and receive a $2 off token to be redeemed at any food and non-alcoholic drink vendor in the market. This offer is only valid on September 7.

To reach Grand Central Market, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.