Metro is adding service for the Immigrants Make America Great march on Saturday and the Not My President’s Day Rally on Monday. Both events are in downtown Los Angeles and both could possibly draw huge crowds — especially the Saturday event. Of course, the rain expected this weekend could be a factor.
Additional Metro Rail service will be provided on both days and Metro also will add extra security and staff at various stations to assist with crowd control. On Saturday, Red Line trains will be running every six minutes and the Purple, Blue, Expo and Gold Lines will be running every nine minutes. There will also be extra Orange Line and Silver Line bus service.
As many of you know, the lines at the TAP vending machines during the Women’s March last month were not the happiest places on Earth. En route to work, I parked at the Sierra Madre Villa garage that morning and found an extremely long line snaking around the fourth floor with some folks waiting up to an hour just to buy a TAP card to get to the train platforms.
So here’s the deal…take a few minutes today, Thursday or Friday and get a TAP card ahead of time. The cards cost $1. We recommend putting at least $3.50 in stored value on the card, which is enough for a roundtrip ride (a one-way trip is $1.75 and includes two hours of free transfers).
How to get a TAP card?
•There are TAP card vending machines in every Metro Rail station, all Orange Line busway stations and El Monte Station. They accept cash, debit cards and credit cards. Fares purchased can be used immediately.
•You can buy one online at taptogo.net or by calling 866-827-8646. Please allow seven to 10 business days for delivery.
•Visit a TAP vendor — there are about 400 around L.A. County. Find a location near you.
•Visit a Metro Customer Service Center. Find a location near you.
Categories: Go Metro