FINAL UPDATE, 6:30 P.M.: Thank you to everyone again for riding our buses and trains today — and for your patience. No one really knows how many people attended the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles but the LAPD is reporting that turnout well exceeded 100,000 and organizers are saying it could have been 750,000.
As I noted earlier, we don’t have a ridership estimate at this time. As you’ll see in the photos below, many of our trains were about as packed as they can get. With trains added during the day, it also seemed that the outbound trips from DTLA went a little smoother. Both my colleague Anna Chen and I encountered a lot of riders and we appreciate how good natured most riders were with the delays.
As per usual, there’s a lot of feedback and such on our official Twitter stream. A few tweets:
— Christine Zhang (@christinezhang) January 22, 2017
— Rick Montanez (@RickCBSLA) January 22, 2017
UPDATE, 2:20 P.M.: Buses and trains will be crowded for those riding home from today’s march in downtown Los Angeles. Trains were added earlier on the Red Line, Blue Line and Gold Line. But the march today drew a huge crowd and you may have to wait to board trains and buses. As of 2 p.m., there was a line for the Gold Line that extended into the pedestrian tunnel at Union Station.
We won’t have ridership numbers until later — a lot of people still are on the way home. But it was also a huge day for transit around the U.S., most notably in Washington D.C. Here’s one view of the scene in DTLA:
— ABC News (@ABC) January 21, 2017
The L.A. Times is reporting an estimate of 500,000 attendance. Just to put that in perspective, downtown L.A. had about 290,000 jobs in 2013, according to the California Employment Development Department.
As for our system, here’s one view:
— Brian Magno 🇵🇭🌌🔭 (@brianmagno) January 21, 2017
— Jonathan (@johnnym9511) January 21, 2017
And on the Expo Line:
— The only Mrs. Berry (@sugarshele) January 21, 2017
And the Gold Line:
— Deepa Fernandes (@deepafern) January 21, 2017
And the train I boarded in Duarte this a.m. that pretty much filled by the time it got to Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena:
And the Silver Line:
Here’s the scene at the Union Station Red/Purple Line station as of 2:15:
And the Gold Line’s northbound platform a few minutes earlier:
UPDATE 9:55 A.M.: Expect long lines to purchase TAP cards and board trains and buses at many stations and stops.
UPDATE, SATURDAY 9:10 A.M.: Extremely large crowds are descending on downtown Los Angeles for today’s march. We’re experiencing very heavy crowds at some Metro Rail stations with passengers waiting to board trains. Your patience is appreciated. Again, we emphasize: fares are not free today. Please pay the appropriate fare when boarding Metro buses and trains. For updates, please follow us on Twitter.
All riders are required to TAP before boarding. Consider loading roundtrip fare $3.50 in stored value before starting trip. pic.twitter.com/4TKWtZesPh
— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) January 21, 2017
UPDATE, SATURDAY 8:30 A.M.: We’re seeing a ton of riders this morning and all Metro Rail trains and many buses headed to downtown are crowded. We’re also seeing some people say on social media that fares are free today. They are not. Please pay the appropriate fare. And thank you for your patience.
Inauguration Day will be taking place on Friday, Jan. 20, and media reports indicated there are several marches planned in the DTLA area Friday that may trigger street closures and impact traffic and Metro Bus service. The Women’s March is also scheduled to take place in DTLA on Saturday, Jan. 21.
So…whether you live/work/play in DTLA , plan on attending the marches, protesting the marches or are a completely indifferent bystander who just wants to get where s/he is going….we recommend Metro Rail as a good alternative to gnarly traffic and expensive parking.
Street closure map of #Inauguration Day marches for Friday in Downtown. Closures begin at 9AM.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) January 20, 2017
DTLA is served by five Metro Rail lines: the Red/Purple Line subway (Civic Center/Grand Park and Pershing Square), the Blue Line (Convention Center, Staples Center, L.A. Live and 7th & Figueroa), Expo Line (same as Blue Line) and Gold Line (Union Station, Olvera Street and Mariachi Plaza). The system map is above. If you’re planning to park and ride, here are your options.
If you’re coming in from further away, Metrolink may be an option for you. Service to Union Station in DTLA is available on the Antelope Valley, Orange County, 91 and San Bernardino lines. From there, you can transfer for free to Metro Rail to reach your destination. Please check Metrolink’s website for train times.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, Metro Rail will run enhanced service from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Red, Purple, Blue and Gold lines running every 12 minutes, and the Expo Line running every 9 minutes. There will also be longer trains on Expo, Blue, Gold, Purple and Red Line in anticipation of large crowds. Use the full platform to board. If you have a bicycle or stroller, please use the designated open space on board each train car.
We also recommend loading your TAP card before you start your trip. Roundtrip fare is $3.50 in stored value and can be added online at taptogo.net or at TAP vending machines. A Day Pass is $7. Please note: each person must have their own TAP card. Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult.
Buses will be detouring due to the planned marches (see details for Jan. 20 here and Jan. 21 here) and some lines may be delayed due to heavy traffic around DTLA. If you are traveling through by bus or car, please allow extra time. We will provide live updates on service detours and park and ride availability on Twitter at @metroLAalerts and @metrolosangeles.
For everyone’s safety, Metro staff will be monitoring crowd levels at rail stations. And, as always, a reminder to be careful around buses, train platforms and train crossings. If walking through rail crossings, please obey all signals and cross the tracks safely.