FlyAway bus to begin service from Hollywood to LAX

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If you live in Hollywood, you no longer have to travel to downtown to catch the FlyAway bus to LAX. Starting today, FlyAway will run service to LAX from the southeast corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue, across the street from the Red Line Hollywood/Vine Station and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

Service from Hollywood starts at 5:15 a.m. and will run hourly until 10:15 p.m. One-way fare is $8 for adults and free for children 5 and younger.  Airport officials estimate that more than 100,000 people will ride the shuttle in its first year of operation.

Metro Presents: Ethio Cali-style jazz at Union Station on September 12

Ethio Cali, a Los Angeles based Ethio-jazz band, will perform at Union Station on Friday, September 12. The performance will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Fred Harvey Room.

The band will perform two 45-minute sets starting at 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. DJ Jeremy Sole of KCRW/theLIFT will open for the band. The performance is free to the public and dancing will be welcome.

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Metro Gold Line speeds UCLA fans to the Rose Bowl

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The Rose Bowl in Pasadena is expected to be sold out on Saturday, September 6, 2014 as UCLA plays its first home football game of the season at 7 p.m. against the University of Memphis and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) encourages fans to avoid traffic congestion and take the Metro Gold Line to the game.

Gold Line service is scheduled every 7-10 minutes before and after the game. Fans can exit the Gold Line at the Memorial Park Station and walk four blocks west on Holly Street to catch a free shuttle to the Rose Bowl that departs from the Parsons Corporation parking lot at Raymond Avenue. Alternatively, it is a 1.5 mile walk (about 25 minutes) to the Rose Bowl.

“Traditionally, the Rose Bowl has been a car-oriented destination but more and more fans are discovering the convenience of riding the Metro Gold Line to the games,” Metro CEO Art Leahy said. “Metro customers not only get quick and safe transport, they won’t have to sit in snarling traffic and pay $25 to park their cars.”

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Thanks for riding Metro to Made in America

A big thank you to everyone who took Metro to Made in America! Thousands traveled via Metro to the two-day festival, and from some of the tweets we received, many took the event as an opportunity to try Metro for the first time. I hope you all enjoyed the journey and ride with Metro again.

Video from Folklorico dance flash mob at Union Station

In case you missed it: last Friday, August 29, the Miguel Delgado Dance Foundation staged the first-ever Southern California Mexican Folklorico Flash Mob at Los Angeles Union Station. More than 75 Mexican folk dancers from across the city of Los Angeles and Orange County convened in the waiting room and performed Miguel Delgado’s choreography of El Torito Jarocho, a style of dance and music from the south of Mexico.

The event is just one of many heralding the upcoming Latino Heritage Month.

Service Advisory: 30-day closure of four downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations start Sept. 20

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A reminder: Metro will start work on station and rail improvements on four Blue Line stations in Long Beach starting Saturday, September 20. The work will require a 30-day closure of Downtown Long Beach Station, Pacific Street Station, 1st Street Station and 5th Street Station. Metro will operate free bus shuttles in place of rail service in the Long Beach Loop during the closure.

Customers will be able to ride the bus shuttles from Anaheim Street Station to the four stations listed above at no charge. Shuttles will run at the same Blue Line service levels and will be scheduled to meet trains for transfers. At Anaheim Street Station, regular train service will continue northward to Los Angeles.

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TAP cards can now be used on Pasadena ARTS buses!

Some good news: TAP cards can now be used on the Pasadena ARTS bus. This is the twelfth transit agency to join TAP with more on the way soon.

A few details:

  • The ARTS bus will continue to accept cash fares.
  • Board a Pasadena ARTS bus with TAP Stored Value or an EZ transit pass, which can be purchased at one of nearly 400 TAP sales outlets, at taptogo.net or by calling 866.TAPTOGO.
  • Other agencies that accept TAP include:  Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Culver City, Foothill, Gardena, Long Beach, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Montebello, Norwalk, Santa Clarita, and Torrance Transit (line 4 only).
  • For more information about the ARTS bus, please click here. The bus system map is below.

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