ShopWalk DTLA with Metro and save at participating businesses

ShopWalk DTLA, a day of sales, discounts, and in-store events at local businesses, returns to Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core on Sunday, August 3. Shop, eat, and play at some of L.A.’s best boutiques and restaurants while exploring the neighborhood. Getting there is a breeze with Metro–just take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or take the Metro Blue or Expo Line to 7th St/Metro Center Station.

Plus, Metro riders can save at participating ShopWalk DTLA businesses! Show your valid TAP card at the following locations to receive discounts on August 3:

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Go Metro to The WALL farmers’ market and get into the Original L.A. Flower Market free

Starting July 26, Wall Street in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District will be closed to traffic on Saturdays for The WALL, a farmers’ market for flower lovers and foodies. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public, so bring the whole family and explore! There will be fresh food and live music.

Show your valid TAP card at The WALL Information Booth and receive free entrance to The Original LA Flower Market and a free rose while supplies last.

The WALL takes place at 755 Wall Street. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk towards 7th and Wall Street, or take Metro Bus 68 to 6th and Los Angeles Street. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Let’s Ride L.A. will also provide free bike valet!

Free shuttle to HARD Summer for Metro riders

artworkHARD Summer is back August 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days. The two-day festival is taking place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte and boasts more than fifty live performances and world class DJ sets including Jack U, A$AP Mob, Axwell, and Flosstraddamus performing on five stages. And taking Metro is still the best way to get to HARD Summer! HARD Summer is providing free shuttles to connect Metro riders to the concert.

To get there: hop on the Metro Gold Line to Atlantic Station in East LA and get a free shuttle ride to the concert. Shuttles will be located directly across the street from Atlantic Station, at the intersection of Pomona and Beverly Boulevards. Shuttles to HARD Summer will be running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

After the concert: follow the festival exit signs to Rosemead Boulevard. The free shuttles will be located just south of the main entrance and will return you to Atlantic Station. Return shuttles will be running from 8 p.m. through 12 a.m. The last shuttle back to Atlantic Station leaves at midnight, so it’s best that you get in line immediately after the concert ends so you don’t miss the last train from Atlantic Station or any connections thereafter. Metro operates late-night rail service until 2 a.m. on Saturdays; rail service on Sundays ends around 1 a.m.

Tips for riding:

  • The Gold Line ride between Union Station and Atlantic Station takes less than 30 minutes.
  • Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.
  • Regular Metro Rail fares apply: $1.50 per line / $5 Day Pass (good till 3 a.m.).
  • Each person must have his/her own TAP card. (No sharing of TAP cards)
  • Avoid long return lines at TAP Vending Machines by loading your round trip fare in advance online or on your way in.

Go Metro to REDCAT’s NOW Festival and save 20 percent on tickets

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival celebrates Los Angeles’ vibrant and growing community of stage artists. Starting this Wednesday, July 24, until Saturday, August 9, the festival will showcase eight brand new works by Los Angeles’ most innovative dance, theater, music and multimedia performing artists. Go Metro to NOW Fest and save 20 percent on individual show tickets.

To redeem your Destination Discount, simply present your valid TAP card at the box office. Tickets for all NOW Fest performances are $20 general admission, $16 for students and REDCAT members and $14 for CalArts students, faculty, and staff. To check out the NOW Fest program and get specific performance date and times, click here.

REDCAT is located at 631 W. Second Street in downtown Los Angeles. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or any Metro Rapid or local bus serving Grand Avenue, Olive or First Street.

Go Metro Weekends, July 18 − 20

Friday

Go Metro to the Masters of Ceremony Hip Hop Reunion tour, in L.A. this Friday for one night only at the Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE. The show features DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Naughty by Nature, and many more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; ticket prices vary. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, or Metro Red Line to 7th Street/Metro Center.)

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. it’s another Fusion Friday at the USC Pacific Asia Museum! Enjoy live DJs spinning in the courtyard, beverages for purchase, and a selection of food trucks in the parking lot. This month’s performance includes Korean drumming and gongs, a samurai reenactment, and a raffle for $100 to the museum store. Cocktail attire is encouraged. The event is free for members and $15 for everyone else. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station then walk 9 minutes south on Arroyo Parkway and east on Union Street, or various Metro and Pasadena buses serving Colorado/Los Robles.)

Saturday

Meet at SunCafe in Studio City this Saturday morning for a raw foods cooking class with head chef Ron Russell. Class lasts from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and is $25. (Metro Red Line to Universal City/Studio City Station then walk 9 minutes west on Campo De Cahuenga and east on Ventura Boulevard, Metro Rapid 750 to Ventura/Vineland, or Metro Bus 155 or 156 to Ventura/Fruitland.)

It’s a famous film locations of L.A. tour…on two wheels! Metro sponsors “Action! Close up on Downtown L.A.’s Film History,” a free bike expedition led by Downtown Film Festival L.A. and CICLE. Visit notable downtown film landmarks and finish at Angel City Brewery for a screening of American Cycle, part of the film fest’s closing night. The ride is about 7 miles and moves at a leisurely pace. To join, meet at the park at 1st and San Pedro Street at 5:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Rapid 701 to Judge John Aiso/Temple, Metro Bus 30/330 and 40 to 1st/San Pedro.)

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Go Metro to DreamWorks Animation in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl and get free tote bag

If you’re a fan of DreamWorks Animation movies–How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, just to name a few–you won’t want to miss the studio’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Hollywood Bowl on July 18 and 19. Jack Black hosts both nights, and you’ll be able to experience film highlights on the Bowl’s big screen, with scores conducted by Thomas Wilkins and performed live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

The concerts start at 8 p.m. both nights. Ticket prices vary. Special to Metro riders: show your valid TAP card at the Hollywood Bowl gift shop and receive a free Hollywood Bowl tote bag while supplies last!

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Avenue in the Hollywood Hills. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the shuttle up to the Bowl. Shuttle is free if you show your TAP card. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Avoid LAX “Century Crunch” traffic July 25-28 by taking public transit

The news release from Metro:

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Public transit is one of the best options for avoiding the “Century Crunch,” a 57-hour street closure on Century Boulevard to demolish the Century Boulevard Bridge leading into LAX during the weekend of July 25-28 as part of construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

Numerous transit lines, including FlyAway® bus, Metro Green Line with free LAX Shuttle G to and from airline terminals, Metro Bus, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver City Bus, Beach Cities Transit, and Torrance Transit will all provide access to the airport during the weekend bridge demolition operation.

Century Boulevard, one of the main access roads to the airport, will be closed to traffic at the Aviation Boulevard intersection beginning 9 p.m. Friday, July 25, through 6 a.m. Monday, July 28. Access to LAX from Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open as usual.  The old railroad bridge needs to be demolished to allow for the future construction of a new Century/Aviation light rail station.

“We avoided ‘Carmageddon’ on the 405 because we planned ahead and Angelenos chose to use transit and avoid unnecessary trips, and we can do the same during the ‘Century Crunch.’ If you are traveling to LAX during this time, it’s the perfect time to discover the car-free options that are available, and you just might decide to use them in the future.” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.

The FlyAway® service offers four bus lines that serve all terminals at Los Angeles International Airport.  Boarding locations include the Metro Expo/La Brea Station, Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, the Van Nuys FlyAway® bus terminal in the San Fernando Valley, and Westwood/UCLA Flyaway.  A new FlyAway® service also will begin to operate from Santa Monica Civic Center on July 15. For more information on FlyAway® bus schedules, locations and fares, visit www.lawa.aero/flyaway.

To get to LAX by public transportation on the weekend of July 25-27 and beyond, it is hard to beat the Metro Green Line. Ride to the Aviation/LAX Station, go downstairs and catch the free “G-Aviation” LAX shuttle bus from Bays 6 and 7. The “G” shuttle is operated by the airport and it serves all passenger terminals. Metro Line 120 (Imperial Highway) also serves the Aviation/LAX Station.

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Metro Bus lines serving the airport include Lines 102, 111, 117, and 232.  These lines all terminate at the LAX City Bus Center on 96th Street just east of Sepulveda Boulevard. After getting off your bus, walk a short distance to the west end of the LAX City Bus Center and cross over to the LAX Parking Lot C depot where you catch the free “C” LAX shuttle bus to the LAX airline terminals. Line 102 serves Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Stocker Street, and La Tijera Boulevard. Line 111 serves Florence Avenue and Arbor Vitae Street. Line 117 serves Century Boulevard, and Line 232 serves Pacific Coast Highway and Sepulveda Boulevard south of LAX.

Municipal bus providers with service to LAX include Beach Cities Transit Line 109, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 3, Culver City Line 6 and Torrance Transit Line 8.  All four lines serve the LAX City Bus Center. Beach Cities, Big Blue Bus, and Culver City also serve the Metro Aviation/LAX Green Line Station.

The bus lines that will be affected by the Century Boulevard closure are Metro Bus 117 and Line 40 owl service, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 3, Culver City Bus Line 6 and Beach City Transit Line 109.  On the weekend of July 25-27, bus service on these lines will follow recommended detours through the area.

To plan your trip on public transportation, visit metro.net and use the trip planner.  For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Century bridge demolition, related street closures and recommended detours go to metro.net/Crenshaw. Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CrenshawRail and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/crenshawrail.

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Follow LAX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport, Twitter at www.twitter.com/flyLAXairport and www.LAXisHappening.com for airport construction and traffic-related impacts.

About Metro

Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines; a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and; the lead transportation planning agency for Los Angeles County. Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is, literally, changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.

Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.net, facebook.com/losangelesmetro, twitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.

Heading to Anime Expo? Use Pico Station!

Went cosplayer-spotting at the Metro Blue/Expo Pico Station on Day 1 of Anime Expo, taking place now at the L.A. Convention Center through July 6. Pico Station is an east one-block walk to the convention center for those headed to the Expo! (Blue Line timetable/map and Expo Line timetable/map)

If you spot any awesome cosplayers in transit, (ask them if you can) take their photos and tag us on Twitter or Instagram @metrolosangeles!

Photos by Anna Chen and Steve Hymon/Metro

Go Metro on the Fourth of July! Here are the service hours and some events easy to reach via Metro

Fireworks over the Queen Mary and Long Beach in 2011. Photo by Marjorie, via Flickr creative commons.

Fireworks over the Queen Mary and Long Beach in 2011. Photo by Marjorie, via Flickr creative commons.

Planning on going Metro this Friday, July 4? We hope so! From Grand Park to the Coliseum to the Queen Mary, there are plenty of Fourth of July festivities easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail. Just keep in mind that due to the holiday, Metro will make the following modifications to service:

In anticipation of increased ridership, all Metro Rail Lines will follow a Saturday schedule this Friday, July 4. This means trains will run until around 2 a.m. with full-platform-length trains on many lines. As many of you are already aware, fare is $1.50 per line or $5 for a Day Pass, which expires at 3 a.m. the day after the purchase date. TAP cards cannot be shared–everyone needs to purchase, load, and TAP their own card. To avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines on your way home, load return fare in advance of your initial trip.

On the bus side, Metro Orange and Silver Line will also operate on a Saturday schedule with service until 2 a.m. on July 4. All other Metro buses will follow their respective Sunday/Holiday schedules, which means certain bus lines will not run at all this Friday.

Here are just a few Fourth of July events easily accessible by Metro – if you’re heading to one not on the list, let us know in the comments! Please refer to individual timetables for exact schedules and days of operation for Metro Bus and Rail lines.

One note: there is NO shuttle operating from Old Pasadena to the Rose Bowl for the Americafest fireworks display. The Rose Bowl is about a 1.5-mile to 2.0-mile walk from the Gold Line’s Memorial Park station depending on your route — and not quite as far if you’re watching from vantage points along the Arroyo Seco.

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party

The doors open at 1 p.m. at Grand Park! The free party will feature live performances starting at 4 p.m. and on-site food vendors. You can also dine at nearby DTLA restaurants and save on your bill with your TAP card! Rooftop fireworks go off at 9 p.m. Make sure to load your TAP card with cash fare or a Day Pass in advance to avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines when heading home. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, exit on 1st Street–Temple Street exit will only be open for ADA/elevator access)

4th of July at Exposition Park

The KJLH Fireworks Extravaganza at Expo Park is a free event for the whole family. The music festival takes place from 2 to 8 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Coliseum and there will be fireworks at 9 p.m. Food vendors will also be on-site. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 40, 204 or Rapid 754 to MLK/Vermont)

July 4th Late Night and BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of The Pacific will be extending their hours to 10 p.m. so you can enjoy the aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the city of Long Beach fireworks display. Admission is $14.95 if you enter after 5 p.m. If you’re heading there earlier, show your TAP card to get a discount on regular admission! The aquarium will also be serving a special BBQ menu that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Adult tickets to the meal cost $48 and include aquarium admission. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station then walk south on Pine Avenue, or transfer to free Passport Shuttle)

Soccer and Fireworks: LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

Can’t get enough soccer action? Head to a game and take in some fireworks at the StubHub Center. The LA Galaxy take on the Portland Timbers at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30. (Metro Bus 130, 51 or 52 to Victoria/Avalon)

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–Jon Ross Alexander and Lily Allen