Jan 282017

Los Angeles Museums Free For All Day This Sunday

The skies have cleared, it is warmer but entertainment still costs money. Make this Sunday Los Angeles museums’ exploration day!

L.A. best museums participate in the SoCal Museums’ 12th annual Free-For-All Day. Thirty two Los Angeles museums participate and offer free admission THIS SUNDAY, January 29th.

To make things even better, L.A. Metro – a supporter of the event – offers discounted metro fares to get you there.

It’s a great opportunity for families and friends to get out after the long rains and explore Los Angeles most significant museums without making a dent in their budget.

Can you go to a museum any other day? Yes, most museums have free admission days, but this Sunday you can take in several of them in one day without having to search for free admission deals.

This is a list of the 32 museums welcoming you this Sunday on the Free-For-All Day.

  • Annenberg Space for Photography
  • Armory Center for the Arts
  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Bowers Museum
  • The Broad
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center
  • Craft & Folk Art Museum
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine
  • Getty Center
  • Getty Villa
  • Hammer Museum
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Kidspace Children’s Museum
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
  • La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
  • Museum of Tolerance
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Petersen Automotive Museum
  • Reserve timed tickets in advance here
  • Pomona College Museum of Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Skirball Cultural Center
  • Sunnylands
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum

The best and complete information about the participating Los Angeles Museums is available from the organizer So Cal Museums, directly. Visit their Website.



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Nov 012016

Metro Bike Share comes to the Port of Los Angeles

Getting from place to place along the LA Waterfront is about to get a little easier – and a lot more fun.

The Port of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), has been given the green light by the LA Board of Harbor Commissioners to expand the Metro Bike Share program to the 12-mile LA Waterfront by next summer. The vote clears the way for consideration by the LA County Metro Board, which is expected to vote on the proposal soon.

“Bike Share at the Port of Los Angeles will offer a new, fun and environmentally friendly way to explore and experience the LA Waterfront and its many attractions,” said Doane Liu, deputy executive director at the Port of Los Angeles. “This new program will provide another transportation option for residents and visitors to consider, which will have the added benefit of reducing local traffic and parking congestion too.”

The LA Waterfront Bike Share will include 11 stations to start, eight in San Pedro and three in Wilmington, with approximately 10 shareable bikes per station. Payment kiosks at each station will allow riders to use either their Metro TAP card or credit card to pay, with costs varying depending on the option selected.

Proposed station stops will include:

  • Fanfare Fountains at Gateway Plaza / World Cruise Center
  • Catalina Sea and Air Terminal
  • Battleship IOWA
  • Downtown Harbor
  • CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
  • Ports O’ Call Village (future San Pedro Public Market)
  • DoubleTree Hotel San Pedro
  • Cabrillo Beach
  • Wilmington Waterfront Park – West
  • Wilmington Waterfront Park – East
  • Banning’s Landing Community Center

The Metro Bike Share program was officially rolled out in downtown Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti this past July, a launch that included nearly 65 stations and 1,000 bikes. The program is designed to improve mobility and access for residents and visitors via shared-use bikes and docking stations located in key locations with easy access traveling from one location to another.

Bike Share also links to Metro’s regional transportation system of buses, subways and light rails. Metro hopes to expand Bike Share to nine total regions, including the LA Waterfront, building up to an inventory of more than 4,000 bikes.

Metro and the Port will equally split the capital costs to create the new Bike Share infrastructure along the LA Waterfront, with the Port additionally covering 65% of the ongoing operation and maintenance for the new Port Bike Share locations. Port costs will be funded primarily by its Public Access Investment Fund.

The new Bike Share program is one of several alternative transportation options being developed along the LA Waterfront. The San Pedro Business Improvement District doubled the number of rubber-tire trolley cars this summer, which allows it to cover more stops and routes, and is expected to increase ridership. In addition, developers of the approved San Pedro Public Market recently announced plans to include a mobile Red Trolley Car replica as part of the new development.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovatively strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $270 billion in trade during 2015. Port operations and commerce facilitate more than 133,000 jobs (about one in 14) in the City of Los Angeles and 479,000 jobs (or one in 18) in the five-county Southern California region. The San Pedro Bay Ports support nearly 1 million California jobs and 2.8 million nationwide.



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Oct 252016

L.A. Metro Receives 50th New Light Rail Vehicle

Celebrating a milestone and an enhancement for rider convenience, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) took delivery of the 50th Kinkisharyo International (KI) Model P3010 Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) and announced reduced headways on the Metro Expo Line from 12 minutes to six minutes.

“With delivery of the 50th light rail vehicle of our total order of 235, Metro is keeping its promise of bringing modern, efficient and economical rail transit to areas where alternatives to traffic are badly needed,” said Metro Board Chair John Fasana. “The additional light rail vehicles allowed Metro to this week reduce the time between trains to six minutes from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays.”

“We’re making excellent progress getting more vehicles into service and riders will have relief from crowded conditions,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board First Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “Since opening two new rail extensions, the Gold Line to Azusa in March and the Expo Line to Santa Monica in May, we’ve seen pent up demand for this service.”

Model P3010 is assembled at the KI facility in Palmdale under a contract approved by the Metro Board of Directors in August 2012. The base order for 78 LRVs was subsequently expanded when the Board exercised options for an additional 157 of the quiet and smooth-riding trains.

KI, based in El Segundo, Calif., delivers four Model P-3010 LRVs per month, according to its contract with Metro. Since beginning operations in Palmdale, the company has hired 404 full time workers locally and added another 146 workers on contract. The minimum wage earned at the facility is $17 per hour with an average wage of $21 per hour.

“The size of Metro’s order created a sea change for Kinkisharyo in Palmdale,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board member Michael D. Antonovich. “At first, the facility merely assembled rail vehicles and now the facility partially manufactures car shells, creating jobs for local workers and positioning the region as a location of choice for transit vehicle manufacturing and business investment.”

“We are as pleased as Metro is to celebrate the delivery of our 50th light rail car this month,” said Akiyoshi Oba, president of Kinkisharyo International, LLC. “We knew when we were awarded this contract in mid-2012 that the challenge of delivering the 50th car barely four years later could only be met by hard work and much collaboration with Metro, FTA, and our many subcontractors. And just as impressive as our speed of delivery is that we are adhering to our commitment to delivering the highest quality vehicles in the industry.”

After KI delivers a rail vehicle to Metro, it goes through a commissioning process that includes 1,000 miles of non-revenue operation and California Public Utilities Commission approval. Preparing the vehicle for revenue service can take about 45 days. Currently, there are 38 Model P-3010 vehicles in service and the 50th car should be ready for revenue service by mid-December.

“The taxpayers entrusted us with a great responsibility and the arrival of Kinkisharyo’s milestone 50th rail vehicle shows that Metro continues to deliver on the promise to build and maintain a world class transportation system in Los Angeles County,” said Metro CEO Phillip Washington.



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Sep 122016


Gov. Brown’s recent signing of Assembly Bill 2690, by State Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, creates new opportunities for small and disabled veteran businesses to compete for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) construction contracts.

The new law will help level the playing field for such firms, a move that will bolster their participation in the agency’s multi-billion dollar contracting opportunities every year.

Metro is now authorized to require bidders to include subcontracting opportunities for small and disabled veteran business enterprises as a condition of award on non-federally funded construction-related “Public Works” projects. Specifically, Metro will only award contracts to the lowest responsible bidder meeting the agency’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) participation goals. Bidders that fail to meet the SBE/DVBE goals will be ineligible to receive a contract. Prior to the passing of the law, such goals were voluntary on construction-related contracts.

Additionally, the law authorizes Metro to set-aside contracts ranging from $5,000 to $3 million for competition only among Metro-certified SBE firms, and can award contracts to the lowest responsible bidder. Metro-certified SBE firms can now compete among similar-sized firms and win Public Works contracts such as construction, demolition, or repair work as prime contractors on low bid contracts. The law goes into effect January 1, 2017.

“This new law enables Metro to expand the range of tools to encourage the small business community to contract with Metro,” said John Fasana, Duarte City Council Member and Metro Board Chair. “We typically issue between $2 billion and $5 billion in contracts a year, so this new legislation is essential to our agency’s future procurement strategy as we seek to increase small business competition. I’d like to thank Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas and the Metro Board for advocating for this important piece of legislation.”

In January 2014, the Metro Board approved an agency-wide Small Business Set-Aside Program. Now completing its second official year of operation, Metro’s “Small Business Prime Program” awards have increased 74 percent from $9.6 million in fiscal year 2015 to $16.7 million in fiscal year 2016. A record $9 million in Small Business Enterprise prime contracts were awarded in the fourth quarter alone.

“Metro is now leading an infrastructure revolution here in Los Angeles County. We want to make sure that we can provide the best contracting opportunities possible for our small business community,” said Phil Washington, Metro CEO. “Working together, all of us can help transform the transportation system in our region.”

Metro is the largest transportation agency in California. The agency is responsible for programming transportation funds, planning, construction and operation of the county’s transportation system.

The new law is a welcome news for Metro-certified L.A. Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Los Angeles Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) who will now have better chances at bidding for – and landing! – L.A. Metro’s contracting projects.

For more information about Metro’s Small Business Set-Aside Program, visit Metro’s Vendor Portal webpage at www.metro.net/business.

Sep 012016

The Makers Exhibition At L.A. Union Station

A new exhibition at Los Angeles Union Station called “The Makers: Portraits of Metro Artists Whose Work Enriches the Rider’s Journey” by L.A.-based Todd Gray opens on August 25 in the passageway connecting Union Station East and West.

The public is invited to attend the first of a new “Artist Conversations” series on Thursday, August 25, with Gray and two of his artist subjects to learn about the people behind the 150-plus artworks on L.A. County’s Metro System.

Gray, a professional photographer and internationally exhibited artist, works in multiple genres including photo-based works as well as sculpture, painting and performance. The artists featured in this exhibition span multiple generations and come from a variety of backgrounds, including emerging artists who are relatively new to public art. The range of the group is a testament to the high concentration of creative talent living and working in Los Angeles today.

“All of our artworks strive to humanize the transit environment and make the experience of riding Metro more engaging and enjoyable,” said Maya Emsden, Deputy Executive Officer, Metro Creative Services. “Todd’s portraits show the artists in their homes and studios, in their element. For over two decades, Metro Art has been commissioning artists to create work designed with great care and consideration for their transit sites. We’re excited to celebrate the artists who serve the communities that Metro serves.”

The artists’ work can be seen throughout the Metro system, from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, and from Santa Monica to Monrovia. Some of the work is permanently built into the station architecture, while other artworks have been temporary projects such as art posters inside buses and trains, or murals surrounding Metro construction sites.

Artists included in “The Makers” exhibition include Carmen Argote, Judith Baca, Bill Bell, David Botello, Charles Dickson, Roy Dowell, Martin Durazo, June Edmonds, Cheri Gaulke, Ken Gonzalez Day, Phyllis Green, Clement Hanami, Wayne Healy, Phung Huynh, Joe Lewis, Ron Llanos, Man One, Michael Massenburg, Jessica Polzin McCoy, Christine Nguyen, Noni Olabisi, John Outterbridge, Sam Pace, Sonia Romero, Sandra Rowe, Alison Saar, Shizu Saldamando, Peter Shire, May Sun, Cha-Rie Tang and Richard Wyatt.

On Thursday, August 25, the first of a new Metro Art-produced “Artist Conversations” series will kick off, providing a unique opportunity for the public to learn about the people behind the art in the fast-growing Metro system. Art enthusiasts can hear artists’ stories and learn about their concepts and processes.

  • Conversation #1 – Thursday, August 25 with Todd Gray, Ken Gonzales-Day and Phung Huynh
  • Conversation #2 – Wednesday, September 21 with Carmen Argote, Martin Durazo, Jessica Polzin McCoy
  • Conversation #3 – Thursday, October 20 with Roy Dowell, June Edmonds and Michael Massenburg

All three conversations are free and will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Union Station’s Historic Ticketing Hall.

About Todd Gray
Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. He works in multiple genres including photo-based works as well as sculpture, paintings and performance. His work is featured in the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A. 2016” exhibition, now on view. Gray is a 2016 Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellow. His work has been included in recent solo and group exhibitions at the Luckman Gallery, Cal State University, Los Angeles; Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California African American Museum, Los Angeles; and The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, among others. Gray maintains studios in Inglewood and Ghana.

Metro Art Program
Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles. Free docent-guided tours are offered the first Saturday and Sunday and second Sunday of every month. Tours for groups of fifteen or more are also available by special arrangement. For more information, visit metro.net/art and click on Art Tours, or call (213) 922-4ART.

Jun 282016


End-To-End Seven-Minute Peak-Hour

Service improvements are on the way for commuters on the Metro Gold Line as Metro makes key schedule changes as a result of requests from the riding public.

All Gold Line trains will now run to the APU/Citrus College station every seven minutes in the morning and afternoon peak hours on weekdays. Trains previously ran every six minutes during peak hours between East Los Angeles and Pasadena and every 12 minutes between Pasadena and Azusa.

The service change will mean that riders bound for the new extension stations no longer have to spend extra time waiting at Union Station for an Azusa-bound train, nor will they have to switch trains at Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena.

Overall, service improvements will simplify the Gold Line schedule, reduce customer confusion, eliminate inconvenient transfers and even out passenger loads to help relieve crowding.

“The Metro Gold Line Extension has been a resounding success since it opened March 5, with trains consistently running at full occupancy,” said Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair. “The line has been so successful, that it has pushed us to up our game in order to meet our riders’ expectations. Today, we are proud to report that we have heard the public’s call for better service, and we are delivering a schedule with even greater frequency.”

Metro has taken additional efforts to increase capacity on the Gold Line since the extension to Azusa opened. Metro has added three-car trains to the service during morning and afternoon peak hours. As more rail cars are delivered, longer trains will be run.

“These service improvements are just what we need to further increase ridership and service,” said John Fasana, Duarte City Council Member and First Vice Chair of the Metro Board. “Rush hour trains that operate every seven minutes and stop at all stations will help drive the ongoing success of this line and generate enthusiasm for its planned extension to more east San Gabriel cities.”

Metro will monitor this service change as a pilot program over the next year and will make any additional changes to improve on-time performance and customer satisfaction.

The Gold Line is now Metro’s longest rail line, logging 50,000 boardings on an average weekday.
About Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.4 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County. Through its oversight of one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is changing the urban landscape of one of the country’s largest, most populous counties.



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Oct 012014

Metro to Issue Get Out of Traffic Licenses at Four Metro Stations During California Rideshare Week, Oct. 6 to 10 2014 

Metro call 511 and say LA County Rideshare

Pledge to share the ride, ease traffic, and be entered to win prizes

Los Angeles is a city long known for the worst congestion in the nation, but people are choosing to improve their commutes by sharing the ride. And to celebrate their commitment to beating traffic, Metro will be issuing ‘Get Out of Traffic Licenses’ to commuters at four Metro stations and at the Civic Center Clean Air/Rideshare Fair during California Rideshare Week, Oct. 6 – 10.

During Rideshare Week, Metro will issue ‘Get Out of Traffic Licenses’ to anyone who has tried carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, walking or bicycling to work. To receive a ‘Get Out of Traffic License,’ be ready to take a photo at any of the following locations:

Monday, Oct. 6 from 8 – 10 a.m. at Union Station East Portal
Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 8 -9 a.m. at Culver City Station
Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 8 – 9 a.m. at North Hollywood Station
Thursday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Civic Center Clean Air/Rideshare Fair at Los Angeles Grand Park
Friday, Oct. 10 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at El Monte Station

Metro also will be giving out Rideshare Week goodie bags at the listed locations. Goodie bags include a reusable tote bag, buttons, and more. Bags will be handed out each day on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out.

During Rideshare Week, Southland commuters also will have a chance to win great prizes by pledging to share the ride online at metro.net/rideshareweek. Pledging to rideshare even just one day out of the week will enter you in the raffle. Prizes include gift cards and tablets, among other items.

Metro has numerous programs dedicated towards helping the public share the ride. It has an expanding bus and rail system that currently sees more than 1.5 million boardings per day. Metro also has the largest vanpool program in the country with more than 1,300 vanpool routes serving Los Angeles County worksites daily. The Metro Vanpool Program provides lease fare subsidies of up to $400 per month per vanpool. Vanpooler commuters report shaving an average of 20 minutes off of their commute time when using the regional carpool lanes and Metro ExpressLanes. Metro offers ridematching services for those seeking carpools, vanpools or bike commute groups to join, as well as support to thousands of commuters sharing the ride through Metro Rewards and Guaranteed Ride Home. And Metro’s School Pool program and Safe Routes to School program help parents find carpools and walking and bike routes so they can get their kids to school without the hassle of traffic.

For more information on how you can start sharing the ride, call 511 and say “LA County Rideshare” or visit metro.net/rideshare.

Jun 292012

Go Metro to the American Heroes Air Show and Ride a Helicopter

If you’ve ever wanted to take a ride on a helicopter, now’s your chance. Head out to the American Heroes Air Show, the nation’s premier helicopter-only aviation event, and make sure to go Metro to receive a five percent discount on helicopter rides.

Show your valid Metro pass or Metro Rail ticket at the Adventure Helicopter Tours booth to receive the discount. The American Heroes Air Show takes place on Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hansen Dam Sports Complex in Lake View Terrace. Admission to the event is free.

The American Heroes Air Show provides an exciting, up-close view of helicopters, their crews and their dynamic role in community safety, homeland security and national defense. Helicopters from local, county, state, private media and Federal/Department of Defense agencies will be featured. The unique community event also includes a career fair and extensive fundraising opportunities for many local non-profits and Veteran’s support organizations.

For more information about the air show, visit heroes-airshow.com/losangeles/

Metro Bus 90/290 has stops near the Hansen Dam Sports Complex. For time tables and connections, call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).