Go Metro to the Long Beach Grand Prix!

This weekend, head to Downtown Long Beach for the 40th Annual Long Beach Grand Prix! See some of your favorite celebrities and Indy car racers compete in this weekend long event. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach and walk south down Pine Avenue to access the race and festivities.

Ticket prices vary. The event is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

For other great event ideas for the weekend, check out our Go Metro Weekends post every Friday! And don’t forget, for more route and system information call 323.GO.METRO or use Trip Planner.

 

Take the Expo Line to L.A. K-Pop Festival on Saturday

Whether you’re planning on attending the Festival of Books (go Metro to save 10% on festival merch!) or the L.A. K-Pop Festival, there’s no question the Expo Line is the way to go.

The free K-Pop Festival takes place on Saturday, April 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and both Expo/Vermont and Expo Park/USC Station will be able to drop you off at the festival’s doorstep. The festival itself–with food trucks, booths, etc.–starts at 10 a.m. and there’s a free concert in the evening. (Though free, tickets are required.) Metro will be running enhanced service on both the Blue and Expo Line to accommodate attendees to both events.

Check out videos below to see a sample of who will be performing. Don’t worry, you don’t have to understand Korean to enjoy the music!

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Go Metro to CicLAvia on April 6 and save 15% on official T-shirts

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Enjoy a car-free day on Wilshire Boulevard at CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard this Sunday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wilshire Blvd. will be closed to car traffic between Downtown L.A. and Fairfax Avenue for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy.

Getting to CicLAvia is easy via Metro Rail — there are four Red or Purple Line stations along or very close to Wilshire (7th/Metro Center, Westlake/MacArthur Park, Wilshire/Normandie, Wilshire/Western) and both the Blue Line and Expo Line also serve 7th/Metro Center. Riders can also transfer to the Red/Purple Line at Union Station from the Gold Line — or ride deeper into downtown via city streets and bike lanes. Bicyclists who want to get to CicLAvia by Metro should review Metro’s bike rules.

Metrolink will have two Bike Cars on select Antelope Valley, San Bernardino and Orange County Line trains. Take Metrolink to Union Station and transfer to the Metro Red/Purple Line, or ride your bike directly from Union Station to Wilshire (click for Downtown Los Angeles bike map).

The best part about going Metro to CicLAvia? Saving money on merch! Just show your valid TAP card at the MacArthur Park hub to save 15% on CicLAvia T-shirts.

Finally, if you’re heading to CicLAvia, drop by and visit Metro’s booth and mock subway car — look for it near LACMA. Metro staff will be there with plenty of information about Metro’s current bus and rail offerings as well as the Purple Line Extension project. It is also the gathering point for all Metro employees participating in the CicLAvia Challenge! Be there at 9 a.m. for the team photo.

March 18 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day!

Thank You cards you can print out and personalize! From transitdriverday.org.

Thank You cards you can print out and personalize! From transitdriverday.org.

Join transit riders in cities across the nation tomorrow, March 18, for Transit Driver Appreciation Day. Because let’s face it: operating a bus or train is no easy task and no one’s getting rich doing it.

Operators have to keep a schedule, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces!

However, it is easy to show your appreciation for the hard-working men and women who operate our buses and trains.

  • Smile and wave when you board the bus or train, and say “thank you” when you leave.
  • Print out and personalize a thank-you card to show your appreciation in person.
  • Submit an official commendation via CustomerRelations@metro.net for a job well done, so your operators can be formally recognized for their efforts.

You can also share your appreciation with us via social media! Use the hashtag #LoveMetroLA when posting on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and let us know which operators have made your travels better.

Celebrate Pi Day by getting some pie via Metro

Mmm, pecan pie on a pi plate. Photo: kimberlykv via Flickr Creative Commons

Mmm, pecan pie on a pi plate. Photo: kimberlykv via Flickr Creative Commons

Today is Pi Day, and it’s a wonderful day to discuss the number’s significance and compete to see who can recall the highest number of decimal places. (I get to 3.14159 and I’m good.) It’s also a great excuse to eat some pie. Here are a few recommendations from our Twitter followers for good pie places. And tell us your favorite places to get pie!

And Urth Caffe is in that area too, and they have pretty good pies.

But now I want earl grey pie!

Sounds like a country made of pie. I like it!

I honestly did not know Phillippe’s sold pie! Very excited about this.

By the way, there’s also House of Pies in Los Feliz. You can get there via Metro Bus 180 to Franklin/Vermont, or walk north on Vermont Avenue from the Vermont/Sunset Red Line Station.

Go Metro to Lucha Reyes street dedication and Mariachi concert Saturday, March 15


This Saturday, Councilmember José Huizar will host a street dedication ceremony and free community concert at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. The event can easily be reached from the Gold Line Mariachi Plaza Station and starts at 1 p.m.

The dedication of Avenida Lucha Reyes at Mariachi Plaza’s Bailey Street is in honor of legendary Mexican Ranchera singer and cultural icon Lucha Reyes. As part of the celebration, ranchero Mexican singer Ezequiel Peña, “El Nuevo Charro de México,” will headline a free community concert.

“As an artist, Lucha Reyes had few equals. As a woman who forged her own trail in a male-dominated genre, she is an inspiration to this day,” said Councilmember Huizar. “This dedication and concert is a reminder of her contributions and a chance for the community to come together and celebrate the life and legacy of Lucha Reyes, as well as the improvements occurring in Boyle Heights.”

The ribbon cutting for the street dedication will take place at 3 p.m.

Go Metro to the Abilities Expo this weekend

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The annual Abilities Expo began today and despite the adverse weather conditions, plenty of folks still showed to check out the products and services available for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors and healthcare professionals.

The Abilities Expo takes place in the West Hall of the L.A. Convention Center and is open today until 5 p.m. Hours on Saturday are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The expo is free to the public. To get to the convention center, take the Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station or the Silver Line to Figueroa/Pico. Check Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Metro is participating with an information booth, and bus operators who scored high in the wheelchair securement competition of the Metro Bus Roadeo will be there to meet people and answer questions. There are also wheelchair experts ready to attach straps and pre-mark wheelchairs for bus securement, all free of charge.

All of Metro’s buses and trains are ADA accessible and Metro currently boards more than 80,000 wheelchair passengers per month. Metro offers reduced fares to passengers with disabilities. Riders with current Access Service ID cards may ride Metro Bus and Rail at no cost.

Speed Dating on the Red Line: the photos and the video!

First, a huge thank you from everyone at Metro to those who participated in today’s first-ever (first annual?) Speed Dating on the Red Line event!

Above are some of the photos I grabbed while riding back and forth between DTLA and NoHo. Hope you enjoy. Click on a photo to see a larger version. Thanks go to Mark Clifford for the color photos. And thanks to Rich Morallo of Metro for the video that is below.

There was a lot of media on hand; I’ll add links to the videos and stories as they go online.

To those who speedily dated today, how was the event? Meet anyone interesting? Meet anyone not so interesting? Feedback please, people!

You, Metro and the Super Bowl

As the holy grail of all sports weekends is upon us, plenty of football aficionados will be scrambling for a viewing party or event to enjoy the finale of the 2013 NFL season. For those who are either Bronco or Seahawk fans, congratulations on getting this far and good luck!

For those who don’t want to deal with driving on Sunday night — let’s face it, a lot of people are going to be drinking — please consider taking Metro. Also keep in mind that law enforcement around our region is keenly aware that a lot of people will be driving home from watch parties on Sunday evening.

Our buses and trains serve downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and many parts of town with a high concentration of sports bars and such (Old Pasadena, Santa Monica, downtown Long Beach, etc.)

The Metro system map is below and here’s the link to our map and timetable page. Please keep in mind that buses and trains will be operating on their usual Sunday schedule.

Click above for a larger version.

Click above for a larger version.

Be safe, have fun and GO ‘HAWKS! (I wouldn’t dare to root for a division rival, especially since they sent my Chargers home!)

Go Metro to Chinatown and celebrate the Year of the Horse

Photo: Luke Ma via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo: Luke Ma via Flickr Creative Commons

This weekend, take the Metro Gold Line to Chinatown to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

The Golden Dragon Parade takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m. Get a front row spot to cheer on the floats, decked-out cars, dancers and bands as they travel through the heart of Chinatown with Grand Marshal Mayor Eric Garcetti. Please note that some buses will be detouring through the area due to the parade, check the Service Advisories page for details.

In addition to the usual Chinese New Year Festival taking place in Central and West Plazas (943-951 N. Broadway), there will be two new satellite locations this year: Downtown Flea will bring their popular craft market to 727 N. Hill Street and Central Plaza, while 643 North and Caveman Vintage Music will present the Spring Festival, a food and music experience, at 643 N. Spring Street.

The Chinese New Year Festival at 727 N. Hill and in Central and West Plazas will take place from 12 – 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Spring Festival at 643 N. Spring will run on Saturday only from 4 – 10 p.m. All events are open to the public.

To reach the festivals, take the Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or connect via the Gold, Red and Purple Line at Union Station and walk north on Alameda Street to Chinatown. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Metro will operate on normal weekend schedule, but additional train cars will be added to accommodate expected crowds.