Metro Podcast: the Hollywood Pantages, California Science Center and DTLA Night Market–all places you can TAP and save

Photos: Aurea Adao/Metro

The second-ever Metro podcast covers the Hollywood Pantages, the DTLA Night Market and the California Science Center‘s Pompeii: the Exhibition. Learn about what’s playing at the Pantages, what kind of food you can expect at the night market,  the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Pompeii and more!


Keep reading after the jump for details on how to save money at–and go Metro to–all three places.

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Go Metro and save on Tuesday evening shows to The Lion King

The Lion King will be gracing the Hollywood Pantages Theatre stage from Nov. 20 through Jan. 12. During its run, Metro riders will be able to save 15% on tickets to Tuesday evening shows.

Show your valid TAP card and mention the promo code METRO at the box office when purchasing or picking up tickets to receive the 15% discount on orchestra seats for every Tuesday evening show. Use promo code METRO when purchasing tickets online. Offer is only available while supplies last.

The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to the Hollywood Pantages, take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station or Metro Rapid 780 to Argyle/Hollywood. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Ready or not, here comes Santa Claus…save on grandstand seating with Metro

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving…and the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which takes place Sunday, December 1 this year. The parade will start in front of the TCL Chinese Theatres and travel east on Hollywood Boulevard, south on Vine Street and west on Sunset Boulevard before returning to the starting point. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.

Free curbside seating is available along most the parade route, and the easiest way to get to the parade is on the Metro Red Line. Both Hollywood/Highland Station and Hollywood/Vine Station will put you right along the parade route.

But if you want to watch the pre-parade performances and not worry about getting crowded out, you can buy grandstand tickets. Single-seat tickets start at $45, and you can get a $5 discount with Metro. Just use the code “Santa” when purchasing tickets.

The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

Bus detours for the parade will be in effect in the vicinity of Hollywood Boulevard due to set-up and tear down of grandstands as well as during the parade. More details will be posted as we get closer to the parade date. For information on bus detours, check Metro’s Service Advisories or follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts.

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – doing serious advocacy work with serious style

During Bike Week LA, we collected nominations for the Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s annual competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a Why You Ride series – because for many Angelenos, every week is Bike Week!

Maria Sipin was nominated by her sister Andrea for maintaining an impeccable standard of style on her 10-mile bicycle commute to and from the Metrolink station every day — “Not only does she ride in her chambray dress and ballet flats with ease, but she makes helmet hair disappear instantly,” Andrea told us.

We’ve always been impressed by Maria’s ability to integrate her passion for bicycling — she is a certified League Cycling Instructor and a bicycle advocate with the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition — with her work as a disease prevention specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she encourages youth to bicycle for health and independence.

Name: Maria Sipin
Start: Walnut
End: Hollywood
Distance: 5 miles bicycling +  Metrolink + Metro (one way)
Time: 1 hour (including time on the train)

Maria poses with her bike at Venice Beach.

Maria and her hybrid city bicycle at CicLAvia to the Sea in April.

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Transportation headlines, Tuesday, September 17

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Transportation Headlines online newspaper, which you can also access via email subscription (visit the newspaper site) or RSS feed. Have a transportation-related article you want included in headlines? Drop me an email!

And don’t forget, Metro is on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Pick your social media poison!

Art of Transit: A foggy Arroyo Seco and Pasadena Freeway as seen from the Gold Line this morning.

Gas prices surpass $3 a gallon for 1,000 consecutive days in longest streak ever (AAA) 

The national average has not dipped under $3 since Dec. 22, 2010, and AAA writes, “AAA forecasts the national average will remain above $3.00 per gallon for at least another thousand days barring a major economic recession.” The current national average is $3.52 and the average has been above $3.50 during most of the 1,000 days,
AAA notes. Of course, gas prices are always higher in California because of the special blend used here to reduce smog. Need a more fuel efficient car? Study the numbers for different models at and reduce your gas use and car depreciation costs by using transit, a bike or your feet every so often.

25 skyscrapers set to alter the city’s skyline (Curbed LA)

The headline is a little misleading: as the article notes, plans for some of the planned buildings in our region have been around for many years and there’s little sign they’re going forward. Of the 25 buildings that on paper are 20 stories or more, 14 are in downtown L.A., four in Hollywood, four in Century City, two in downtown Santa Monica and one in Koreatown.

Only a handful are under construction. Good news: as far as I can tell everything on the list is close to a current or future Metro Rail line and numerous bus lines.

Union Station: a half-baked master plan (Steven White: the Accidental Urbanist) 

While he believes there are some good ideas in the ongoing master plan process, Steven writes that he was hoping for a few more details and particulars than drawings showing the orientation of a future bus terminal, passenger concourse and other development. I totally understand the desire for more details, but I think it’s important to understand that the master plan at this time is trying to work out the big stuff — the basic concepts about what-goes-where on the Union Station campus.

SEPTA warns of major cuts unless state hands over money (WCAU-Philadelphia)

The agency that serves the Greater Philadelphia says it will have to cut nine of 13 rail lines and truncate some of the others in the next decade unless state lawmakers agree to $500 million in desperately needed funding for maintenance and repairs. The funding was agreed to in Pennsylvania’s Senate, but the House so far has refused. A Republican spokesman accused SEPTA of using the cuts as a PR stunt and said the funding shortfall is a local, not state, issue.

Transportation headlines, Friday, Feb. 22

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

ART OF TRANSIT: A Gold Line train bound for East Los Angeles crosses the 1st Street Bridge over the Los Angeles River on Wednesday afternoon. Click above to see larger. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

ART OF TRANSIT: A Gold Line train bound for East Los Angeles crosses the 1st Street Bridge over the Los Angeles River on Wednesday afternoon. Click above to see larger. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Where the Los Angeles mayoral candidates stand: transportation (Los Angeles Times) 

Best breakdown I’ve seen yet on where the major candidates stand on a variety of issues, including project acceleration, lowering the voter threshold for transportation tax increases,  rail versus buses, the route for the Westside Subway Extension in Century City (i.e. should it tunnel under part of the Beverly Hills High School campus), a 710 tunnel, adding more toll lanes in Los Angeles County and moving the north runway at LAX, among other questions. While the candidates often agree, there are certainly differences. Put down your jelly donuts and read this, people and/or voters!!

Mapping the end of the road on the 405 (ZevWeb) 

Good piece on Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s website about the Sepulveda Pass project on the 405. The gist of it: many elements of the project will be finished this year but one challenging section around Montana Avenue and Church Lane will see work carry over into 2014. In that area, utility relocations have been particularly problematic.

Motor vehicle fatality estimates: 2012 sees five percent increase (National Safety Council) 

These are early estimates — usually the federal government takes about a year to compile all the information and come up with a firmer number. California fared worse than the nation with the state seeing an estimated seven percent increase in deaths from 2011 to 2012, with 2,994 fatalities. 

Five ways to make public transit awesome (Mother Nature Network) 

Writer Chris Turner says it’s no surprise transit often fails to capture the public’s imagination — too often bus stops and train stations are designed as little more than an afterthought. His suggestions include making the bus stop a sanctuary, a cafe and/or a community gathering place. Check out a very cool photo with the post of a transit line and green space in Germany.

The mayoral candidate video series: Eric Garcetti (L.A. Streetsblog) 

The fourth part of Streetsblog’s interviews with the five leading mayoral candidates is with Councilman Eric Garcetti, who discusses the Metro Board and busways.


First phase of Metro Red Line celebrates 20-year anniversary

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“This day is here…”

On January 29, 1993, former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley stood among a swarm of public officials and transit agency staffers on the cramped Pershing Square subway platform. Standing shoulders above everyone else, including then-California Gov. Pete Wilson, Bradley proudly inaugurated the opening of the first modern subway in Los Angeles.

“Twenty years is a long time. That’s how long we have been pushing on this dream, this vision of what we should do in Los Angeles County,” Bradley said, referring to the subway’s quixotic path to reality in ‘93. “I made a promise when I ran for mayor in 1973 that in 18 months, we’d deliver by breaking ground for rapid transit. Well, I missed by only a few months…”

Today, Metro marks the 20th anniversary of the Metro Red Line’s first phase from Union Station to MacArthur Park, a nearly 4.5-mile construction milestone that began a brand new chapter in regional rail construction and placing L.A. among other major cities across the globe with high-speed, high-capacity subways.

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Ride along with Metro Motion: Winter edition takes in Hollywood, ExpressLanes, and future L.A.

 In this latest edition of Metro Motion, transit expansion is transforming the car capital of the world.

Ride along on the brand new Metro ExpressLanes on the 110 Harbor Freeway and check out the digs at the new El Monte Station. Next, take the Metro Red Line to old Hollywood for blast from Tinsel Town’s past. Then “Go Metro” for a glimpse of the walkable, bikeable and sustainable communities of future L.A.

Relax. There’s lessons to be learned from the Great California Shakeout, including why Metro Rail is one of the safest places to be during an earthquake. It’s all there in the winter edition of Metro Motion.

Metro Motion is produced in partnership with CityTV of Santa Monica. The 30-minute news program runs quarterly on cable stations throughout Los Angeles County. Check local listings for dates and times.

Hollywood weighs in on Carmageddon II

Hey Readers!

The I-405 is officially liberated and Carmageddon turned out to be CarmaHeaven once again. The speculation and wonderment kept the Twittersphere abuzz all weekend – everyone and their grandmothers tweeted about the phenomenon. We thought it would be fun to round-up the Twitter chatter from famous people (do they drive?). As last year, there seems to be two camps: those enjoying the unique phenomenon and those taking it with a grain of salt. The latter brought out the funnies.

Where do you stand? What did you do this weekend? Let us know — if you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #CarmageddonII.

Loved it!

These famous folks soaked up the CarmaHeaven weekend.

This one scares me a little. GWAR + Carmageddon, hmm?


Doubters, and Meh?

Homer Simpson said Bart and Lisa are his Carmageddon.

Olivia Munn was not impressed. Believe you, me Olivia, it was real.

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Go Metro Weekends, Carmageddon II style


Here we go, folks. Carmageddon II is hours away, and if you’re adamant about not staying home all weekend, sipping cold drinks by the pool, go Metro to check out these fine Destination Discounts locations that are offering extra special deals just for this weekend.

Buca di Beppo at Universal City Walk is offering 20% off meals if you show the Metro-exclusive coupon. Enjoy great Italian food and do some shopping while you’re in the area. (Red Line or Metro Rapid 750 to Universal City Station, transfer to free shuttle)

In Hollywood, IRIS from Cirque du Soleil is offering certain tickets for just $40.50 if you reference code METROB at the box office. After the show, pop by Madame Tussauds and get 40.5% off admission if you mention “Carmageddon” at the box office. Schmooze with the crème de la crème of wax celebrities. (Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 217 to Hollywood/Highland)

The downtown LA location of Qdoba Mexican Grill will give you 15% off your bill this weekend if you show your TAP card. Have a burrito or two…or three! (Red, Purple, Blue or Expo Line to 7th/Metro)

Present your TAP card at the box office and save 50% off adult admission at the Natural History Museum. Visit the recently opened Spider Pavilion if you feel like getting touchy feely with some creepy crawlies. Adult tickets are $3 and the discount does not apply at the Pavilion. (Expo Line to Expo Park/USC, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/State)

If none of the Carmageddon discounts strike your fancy, there are plenty of other ongoing discounts you can take advantage of by going Metro, like the LA Zoo (Metro Bus 96 to Zoo/Western Heritage).