Traffic around downtown Los Angeles is probably not going to be a treat this weekend — particularly on Sunday. In the morning, the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California will shut down many streets before finishing at L.A. Live just before noon. The downtown portion of the race course will be open to public biking from
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Registration required).
Then, at noon, the Los Angeles Kings try to sweep the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 of their playoff series and earn a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. The ‘Yotes spent the better part of their losing effort in Game 2 trying to knock Kings captain Dustin Brown out of the playoffs — they failed — and in Game 3 on Thursday night, the Phoenix offense remained impotent and unable to solve Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
For those who don’t want to mess with their cars or traffic, a very good travel option into downtown L.A. this weekend is Metro Rail, with routes feeding into downtown from every direction. Please note that bikes are allowed at all times on Metro Rail and seats have been removed on many rail vehicles to provide space for cyclists.
In addition, traffic promises not to be real treat Friday or Saturday in the downtown area. The Lakers host Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Staples and a gospel event at the Convention Center is expected to draw 15,000 people or more that day. A very large fan turnout is expected for the touring Roger Waters: The Wall concert at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday night — here is a post about traveling to the show via the Expo Line. The Clippers host San Antonio at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and again at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
About Metro Rail:
•The new Expo Line runs from the La Cienega/Jefferson station to 7th/Metro Center at the intersection of Figueroa and 7th streets, with a stop at Pico — two short blocks from L.A. Live and Staples Center. There is free parking available at the Metro garage at La Cienega/Jefferson, as well as many paid parking options at Exposition Park. Timetable and parking info
•The Red Line subway runs from North Hollywood to Union Station. There is free parking at the North Hollywood station, Universal City station and numerous paid parking lots around stations in Hollywood — although beware of the Tour of California, which is routed through Hollywood. There is also paid parking at Union Station — it’s $6 for the day. Timetable and parking info
•The Blue Line runs between downtown Long Beach and 7th/Metro Center at 7th and Figueroa, with a stop at Pico, two short blocks from L.A. and Staples Center. There are free parking lots along the route, as well as paid parking in downtown Long Beach. Timetable and parking info
•The Gold Line runs to Union Station from both Pasadena and East Los Angeles. There are several free parking lots or garages along the route, as well as street parking and paid parking in downtown Pasadena. Timetable and parking info. Please note the Pasadena Marathon is Sunday morning and there will be street closures.
•Metrolink and Amtrak trains serve Union Station, with connections to the Red/Purple Line subway to reach downtown L.A. destinations. Metrolink has service on the Antelope Valley, San Bernardino and Orange County lines on Sundays. Metrolink schedules and Amtrak.com
A single ride on Metro Rail is $1.50; tickets are available at ticket vending machines at all rail stations. If you need to transfer, the best choice is a day pass for $5, also available at all ticket vending machines. Fares can also be stored on electronic TAP cards, which cost $2 and are available at all ticket machines.
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