It’s Pride Month and Metro, as usual, is proud to help celebrate LGBTQ+ culture and activism and to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 that ignited the modern LGBTQ+ movement.
After many years of holding LA Pride in West Hollywood, the event will be in downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood this year. It’s easy to Go Metro to Pride events — and skip traffic and parking hassles.
•LGBTQ+ Night at Dodger Stadium is Friday, June 3. Like all Dodger games this season, a huge crowd is expected. Metro’s Dodger Stadium Express from Union Station and the South Bay is free to ticket holders and an easy way to get to the ballpark and back. All the info you need to ride is here.
•Pride in the Park is Saturday, June 11, at LA Historic State Park with Christina Aguilera headlining. The L (Gold) Line’s Chinatown Station is just steps from the park — and you can transfer to/from the L Line at Union Station, which serves the Metro B/D (Red/Purple) Line subway, Metrolink, Amtrak and bus lines run by Metro and other agencies.
•The LA Pride Parade is Sunday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. The parade is returning to Hollywood this year and is easy to reach via the B (Red) Line’s Hollywood/Highland Station and Hollywood/Vine stations. We’ll be handing out Metro-branded items along the route and a Metro bus (as usual) and Metro Bike Share bikes will be in the parade. Fun fact: Metro has been participating in Pride events since 1999 when we had a bus in the parade.
•It’s also easy to Go Metro to other Pride events being held in LA County this summer. You can take the E (Expo) Line to SaMo Pride events throughout June, the A (Blue) Line to Long Beach Pride (July 8-10), the A, B, D, E or L Lines to DTLA Proud (August 5-7) and the L (Gold) Line to San Gabriel Valley Pride Festival (this fall) in Pasadena.
Here’s a quick guide to riding Metro:
–We recommend using the Transit app — our official smartphone app — to plan your ride. Our rail and busway map is below.
–A regular one-way fare on Metro is $1.75 and includes two hours of free transfers. Fares can be stored on TAP cards, which cost $2 and are available for purchase at TAP vending machines at all Metro stations. We’re also offering steep discounts on some of our fares — see this Source post for more info.
–Tip #1: save time and skip the line! Load your TAP card with round-trip fare before the game and avoid long lines at TAP vending machines after the game.
–Tip #2: purchase a day pass for $3.50 and allows you unlimited rides from 12:01 a.m. to Midnight on the day you use the pass.
–You can also download the TAP app and use your smartphone as a TAP card. Here’s how.
–Metro has parking available at many stations. Here’s the list. Some lots are paid, others are free.
Some other things about Pride month and Metro:
•Metro’s annual Pride TAP card will be available starting Friday, June 3, at our TAP Vending Machines and at Metro Customer Centers; click here for locations and hours. We’ll also be handing out TAP Pride cards at LA Pride Parade and other Pride events in June and this summer.
Pride TAP cards will be available at TAP Vending Machines at these stations:
A Line (Blue): Imperial/Wilmington, Pico, Willow and Del Amo.
B Line (Red): Union Station, Wilshire/Vermont, Wilshire/Western, Vermont/Santa Monica, Vermont/Sunset, Hollywood/Vine, Hollywood/Highland, Universal City and North Hollywood.
C Line (Green): Norwalk, Long Beach Blvd, Crenshaw. Aviation and Marine/Redondo Beach.
E Line (Expo): Downtown Santa Monica, La Brea, Palms, La Cienega/Jefferson, Culver City, USC/EXPO, Crenshaw and Expo/Westwood.
L Line (Gold): Mariachi Plaza and Union Station.
•If you see a bus with Pride wrap or ride Metro to a Pride event and post about it on social media, please use the #LAMetroPride hashtag — we might share your post with our followers. Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Two other items worth knowing about Metro and our work with the LGBTQ+ community:
•Metro proudly works with the local chapter of BuildOut California, the industry association that advocates and helps LGBTQ businesses to secure construction-related contracts and to gain small- and disadvantaged-business enterprise status.
•The Out@Metro employee group was founded in Nov. 2014 to foster and support a welcoming, engaging, fun and visible community of LGBTQ employees, allies, and friends at Metro. Metro’s Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive has a good online presentation on the full history of Pride at Metro.
Finally, this: the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ+) community is an important part of the fabric of Los Angeles, and often Metro serves as lifeline transportation for LGBTQ+ youth and community members who have been displaced from their immediate families and homes. Metro’s participation in Pride Month reinforces our connection to the local community and recognizes that Metro is proud to serve everyone in LA County, regardless of sexual orientation or gender orientation.
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