June is Pride Month and Metro is proud to again help celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture and activism. It’s also very easy to Go Metro to the big events happening around town this month — we’re partnering with LA Pride to show our commitment to inclusivity and good mobility 🙂
Here are the big LA Pride events easy to reach via Metro:
•JUNE 8: PRIDE AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD. Take the B (Red) Line to Universal/Studio City Station. Please note that the final train to Union Station is at 12:06 a.m. and the last train to North Hollywood is at 12:26 a.m.
•JUNE 9-10: LA PRIDE IN THE PARK AT L.A. STATE HISTORIC PARK. The two-day ticketed festival features loads of activities, music, food & beverage, and fun, with Megan Thee Stallion headlining Friday, and Mariah Carey headlining Saturday. The L (Gold) Line’s Chinatown Station is just steps from the park. 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.
•JUNE 11: 53RD ANNUAL LA PRIDE PARADE IN HOLLYWOOD. The LA Pride Parade is Sunday at 11 a.m. The parade is easy to reach via the B (Red) Line’s Hollywood/Highland Station and Hollywood/Vine stations — see the above map. We’ll be handing out Metro-branded items along the route and Metro’s Ride with Pride bus will be in the parade. Fun fact: Metro has been participating in Pride events since 1999 — see pics below of past buses and staff that have been in the parade. The last image is from 2022.
•It’s also easy to Go Metro to other events being held this summer around LA County:
–The Outloud Festival in West Hollywood Park this weekend (June 2-4) can be reached via Metro Bus Lines 4, 16 or 105 — if coming from the B Line exit the train at Vermont/Santa Monica and take Line 4 west toward Santa Monica and exit the bus at Santa Monica/San Vicente stop.
–SaMo Pride on June 3 can be reached by taking the E (Expo) Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station.
–San Pedro Pride on June 17 can be reached via the J (Silver) Line. Exit the bus at Beacon/1st and it’s about a .4-mile walk to the museum.
Here’s a quick guide to riding Metro:
–Popular online tools/apps to plan your ride include Google Maps, Apple Maps, the Transit app and the Moovit app. 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 rail and busway stations.
–Tip #1: save time and skip the line! Load your TAP card with round-trip fare before your event and avoid long lines at TAP vending machines after the game.
–Tip #2: purchase a day pass for $3.50, which allows you unlimited rides from 12:01 a.m. to Midnight on the day you use the pass. A 7-day pass is just $12.50.
–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.
•Metro’s annual Pride TAP card will be available starting tomorrow — Friday, June 2 — at Metro Customer Centers (locations and hours) and at select TAP vending machines. Check the electronic sign atop the vending machines to see which have the cards. We’ll also be handing out TAP Pride cards at LA Pride Parade and other Pride events in June and this summer.
•If you see our Ride with Pride bus 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. L.A. Union Station will be lit up with Pride colors for all LA Pride events above, make sure to stand on N Alameda St for the best selfie. Metro is on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
Some other items worth knowing about Metro and our work with the LGBTQIA+ community:
•Metro proudly works with the local chapter of BuildOut California, the industry association that advocates and helps LGBTQIA 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.
•The LGBTQIA community is an important part of the fabric of Los Angeles, and often Metro serves as lifeline transportation for LGBTQIA+ 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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