They are designed for new riders but for anyone who has ever had a moment of confusion on the Metro Rail system — or on the bus — these new ‘how-to’ tours, which begin this weekend on the Expo Line, could be a big help. Here’s the news release:
On Metro it’s easy to explore destinations all around Los Angeles County but for first-time riders it may seem a bit daunting. That’s why Metro is launching guided tours on the Metro Expo Line – Saturdays and Sundays at both 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. — that will teach useful skills, such as how to plan a trip and buy and load TAP cards.
“With the opening of the Expo Line Phase 2 and the Gold Line Foothill Extension next year, Metro Rail will soon operate in new parts of our region and attract new riders,” said Metro Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker. “We want to prepare first-time riders and other patrons so that they feel confident when they step aboard the Metro system. We believe that through education and orientation we can help riders understand the network, schedules, fare payment and signage and we think that will go a long way toward making everyone feel comfortable and secure.”
The tours will begin at Culver City Station and Union Station and last approximately two hours. Participants can select the station departure location they prefer when they register. Tours are free, however advance registration is required and tour guests are responsible for purchasing their own TAP cards. Cards cost $1 and can be loaded with a one-way fare ($1.75), a round-trip fare ($3.50) or a Day Pass ($7) that is good for travel all day on any Metro bus or rail line.
Metro tour guides will show participants how to:
— Purchase and load a TAP card
— Plan a trip
— Use Nextrip and Metro mobile apps
— Transfer between bus and rail lines
— Navigate the system safely with bicycles
“Our riders are importance to us and we want to help them navigate the system with ease,” said Metro CEO Phil Washington. “We think this common sense yet innovative program is going to help.”
To reserve your spot, visit metro.net/tours and complete the online form. You will receive an email within 48 hours of registration confirming the date, time and location of your tour. Please note that tour requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis. There will be a maximum of 20 people on each tour.
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