Go Metro to AFI FEST and receive exclusive special offers at nearby destinations

AFI FEST film festival takes place in Hollywood Thursday, Nov. 7 through Thursday, Nov. 14. The festival will showcase the best independent films of the year and is the only film festival of international stature free to the public. Films will be shown at the TCL Chinese Theatres, Chinese 6, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, all locations that are mere steps from the Metro Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station.

Go Metro to AFI Fest so you won’t have to pay for parking or slog through traffic. And while you have your TAP card handy, you’ll be able to cash in on exclusive discounts at nearby destinations. Show your valid TAP card to receive special offers at:

Auntie Anne’s Soft Prezels 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 20% on food
Woodfire BBQ 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Suntaco 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Hollywood Pizzeria Express 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Hollywood Mongolian Grill 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Loteria Grill 6627 Hollywood Blvd. Save 15-20% on food
Chado Tea Room 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 15% on food
Cantaloop 7095 Hollywood Blvd. Save 15% on food
Green Earth Café 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Pink Pepper 1638 N. La Brea Ave. Save 10% on food
Johnny Rockets 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Pig N’ Whistle 6714 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Mel’s Drive In 1650 N. Highland Ave. Save 10% on food
Madame Tussauds Hollywood 6933 Hollywood Blvd. Save 25% on admission for up to 6 guests

The exclusive discounts cannot be combined with any other offers. Offers are only valid through the duration of AFI FEST. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

Buses to detour for upcoming Jimmy Kimmel Live concerts, use Red Line to avoid traffic

Jimmy Kimmel Live is hosting two free concerts next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23 and 24 (Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake, respectively), and a segment of Hollywood Boulevard will be closed to accommodate the crowds.

The concerts are set to start at 4:30 p.m. both nights. Hollywood Blvd. will be closed from Highland Ave. to Sycamore Ave. Expect bus detours and delays due to the street closure. Bus lines affected include 212, 217, 222 and 780; check the Service Advisories page for more details.

If you’re planning on attending, go Metro to beat the traffic. The Red Line drops you off right at Hollywood/Highland in the middle of all the action.

Destination Discount: Save on tickets to the Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl on a warm summer night. Photo by Chloe Rodriguez/Metro.

The Hollywood Bowl on a warm summer night. Photo by Chloe Rodriguez/Metro.

The Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with the atmosphere, ambience and activity of summer. You can listen to great music ranging from classical to jazz to rock and enjoy a delicious picnic with a loved one. This season, artists such as Yoyo Ma, Diana Ross, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vampire Weekend, and The xx will take the stage to play concerts under the stars.

Sounds like a great night, right? But there’s only one problem: parking. Instead of paying for parking, ride the Metro Red Line to the Hollywood/Highland Station and take a free shuttle to the concert.

Not only that, Metro is offering a 20% discount on most Tuesday and Thursday classical concerts all summer. Just show your valid TAP card at the box office or enter code METRO2013 when purchasing tickets online. The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Trip Planner.

Bus service detours for Academy Awards, Hollywood/Highland Station closed during The Oscars

Those of you traveling around Hollywood have probably noticed some bus detours by now due to Oscars prep. Here’s a friendly reminder that you won’t be able to spot Robert Downey, Jr. by  popping up from Hollywood/Highland Station on Sunday because it will be closed.

Here’s the release from Metro:

Metro Red Line subway trains will operate on a regular schedule but will pass through the Metro Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station without stopping on Sunday, Feb. 24 from open to close due to the 85th Academy Awards show at the Dolby Theater. There will be no public access to Hollywood/Highland Station. Customers are advised to use the Hollywood/Vine Station as an alternative and transfer to nearby bus service or walk.

All Metro Red Line trains will resume stops at Hollywood/Highland Station with the start of regular service on Monday, Feb. 25.

Street closures start Sunday, Feb. 17 due to staging for The Oscars. Metro Bus lines 212, 217, 222 and 780 will be detoured along Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue through 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, or until barricades are removed.

On the day of The Oscars, Sunday, Feb. 24, Metro Bus lines 156, 212, 217 and 222 also will be detoured along Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard and on Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Sunset Boulevard through 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, or until barricades are removed.

Specific routes of the detours are listed online on the Service Advisory pages of metro.net. For real-time service alerts, go to metro.net home page or follow @metroLAalerts on twitter.

Go Metro Weekends, Nov 30 – Dec 2

Jakarta at night. Get a taste of it at the Enjoy Jakarta Festival this Sunday. Photo by kaybee07 via Flickr Creative Commons

The LA Auto Show is now in town at the LA Convention Center. Go and check out the fun, fancy cars of the future. General admission tickets are $12. The show is open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line, Bus 30 or 81 to Figueroa/Pico)

Get started on holiday shopping at Unique LA, taking place this weekend at the California Market Center in the Fashion District. Meet and buy from over 350 local designers and artists, attend free DIY craft workshops and snack on unique treats. Tickets are $10 and gets you in for both Saturday and Sunday. Unique LA will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. (Metro Bus 66 to Main/9th)

Get a taste of Indonesia at the Enjoy Jakarta Festival this Sunday. The free event takes place at Hollywood & Highland Center from noon to 5 p.m. and features Indonesian food tasting, music, dance performances and more. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Go Metro Weekends, Nov. 2 – 4


Don’t miss AFI FEST, going on now until Nov. 8. This film fest brings you the best of this year’s cinema, from studio blockbusters to indie hits. Film tickets are free and are needed to get into the movie of your choice. A full schedule of events is online. Register online and reserve your tickets now, or try your luck at the door by lining up for RUSH tickets. Films and activities will be taking place around Hollywood: Hollywood&Highland (Chinese 6 Theatres located on level 3), Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel.

 Metro is also offering exclusive discounts to those attending AFI. Show your valid TAP card and AFI badge or ticket to get discounts at 10 different locations, including Pig n’ Whistle and Coffee Bean. (Metro Red Line or Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland)

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Why isn't there a Red Line station at the Hollywood Bowl?

Hollywood Bowl station design, 1983

It’s a valid question.  After all, the Red Line runs right underneath the Cahuenga Pass adjacent to the Bowl.

With thousands of Angelenos and others making their way to performances throughout much of the calendar year, why wasn’t a subway stop constructed at one of Southern California’s leading attractions?

The Metro Transportation Library and Archive periodically dives into the history behind “future stations of the past” for a closer look at transit stops that were planned but never built.

This week: The story behind the on-again, off-again plans for a Metro Rail station for the Hollywood Bowl can be found on the Library’s Primary Resources blog. Hint: it wasn’t just a money issue.

Question for Source readers: do you consider the Hollywood & Highland station a viable option for getting to the Bowl? It’s about a .8-mile walk.