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Your Green Commute Guide to LA’s Best Summer Events

  1. IMG_4767It’s no sweat using alternative transportation to discover everything LA has to offer. Hot or not, you shouldn’t take a breezy attitude when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint. Explore the city without hurting the environment. Here’s our carefree and car-free compendium of summer happenings that you can reach by bus, rail, biking or walking.
  2. Bases covered: Go Metro to Dodger Stadium by connecting with the Stadium Express at two convenient locations – Union Station or South Bay. Your Dodgers ticket is good for the fare! To plan the route that’s best for you, use Metro’s Trip Planner. Big Blue’s on a hot streak and you wouldn’t want to miss the action or that quintessential summer culinary delight known as the Dodger dog.
  1. Transit is so hot right now: Take the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus to one of the city’s favorite summer traditions, the ultra-popular free Twilight Concerts on the pier. The city is packed on concert nights so take transit to avoid traffic headaches. You can also use Santa Monica's easy public Bike Share to navigate the beach community. There are 500 bikes at over 80 stations city-wide. Weekly through August 17 from 7-10 p.m.
  1. Image result for hammer museumA stroll through the village: Walk from campus to the Hammer Museum’s free summer program Rebel Rebel, featuring an eclectic line-up of female-fronted bands. Tour the galleries until 9 p.m., and catch live music in the courtyard. Thursdays in July starting at 7:30 p.m.
  1. Smooth operator: LACMA’s Friday Night Jazz Series features some of Southern California finest jazz musicians. Metro’s 20 and 720 lines on Wilshire and the 217, 218 and 780 on Fairfax all stop within half a block of the museum. Bicycle racks are located on Wilshire near the intersection of Spaulding, and just inside the 6th Street gate. Weekly through November starting at 6:00 p.m.
  1. Where summer plays: The Hollywood Bowl Park & Ride allows you to park in your neighborhood and ride directly to the tinseltown amphitheater to hear performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other acts.
  1. Get your summer on downtown:
    • Dance under the stars at the Music Center’s Dance DTLA, every other Friday through September 1 from 7-11 p.m. Go Metro and save 20% on tickets to Dance DTLA! Take the Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station. You can also use the DASH system.
    • Image result for broad museumThe Broad Museum’s Summer Happenings is a late-night mash up of art, music, dance and spoken word on various dates through Sept. 23 starting at 8:30 p.m. The closest Metro station is the Civic Center/Grand Park Station (Purple or Red Line) located at First and Hill Streets. The museum is just a 0.4 mile walk from the station. Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus also offers weekday and weekend service to The Broad.
    • Beats from live music set the mood for Natural History Museum of L.A. County’s Summer Nights in the Garden. Sip a garden-infused cocktail, check out various science and nature experiences, and brighten your life with nature-inspired take-home activities in the museum’s enchanting Nature Gardens. There are Expo Line stops on both sides of NHMLA: Expo Park/USC and Expo/Vermont. Two Dash bus lines have stops directly across the street from the museum: the Dash F and the Dash Southeast.
  1. Anchors away: Go Metro to the Long Beach water taxis and use Metro Rapid 704 or Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Echo Park or Metro Bus 92 to Glendale/Santa Ynez to visit Echo Park Lake and rent pedal boats to see lotus blooms, as well as a picturesque view of the downtown skyline.
  1. Out of the studios and into communities: KCRW’s Summer Nights series of outdoor shows features live band performances and DJ sets, and spans from Chinatown to right here in Westwood. Various dates, locations and times through September 23. For the Chinatown event, the local Metro stop is the Chinatown Gold Line Station (at Spring & College). Union Station is only a short walk away. Several bus lines serve the area as well, including DASH.
  1. Peak performances: Sunset Concerts at the Skirball CulturalImage result for skirball cultural center Center showcase eclectic music, singing and dancing in a stunning, one-of-a-kind hillside setting. Arrive early to dine, shop and view the exhibitions. Take the Metro Rapid 734 or Metro Local 234. Concerts held on various dates from 5:30 - 10 p.m.
  1. Cinema under the stars: Share the ride with your fellow film aficionados to the various outdoor movie screenings around the city hosted by Eat|See|Hear, Cinespia, Street Food Cinema and others. For a complete listing, click here.

Ready for something even cooler? Not only do we already offer discounted quarterly transit passes, just in time for all these seasonal activities, we’ve launched a new transit benefit program that provides free transit passes for commuters who haven’t tried transit before! Hop aboard before the summer fun ends!


Free DASH Rides for Metro Pass Holders!

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As part of a new pilot program running through December 21, 2016, Metro TAP card holders with a seven-day or 30-day pass can ride DASH for free.

The new promotion is part of the California Climate Investments, which uses proceeds from the state's cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing other benefits to communities around the state.

In addition to Metro's new bike-share system, the DASH system is a great way to make first-and-last mile connections to Metro. Check out this list of all DASH bus lines.


Weekly Wrap-Up


This week's biggest headlines in transportation:

LADOT launches California’s first pay-by-phone transit app

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Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) announced the launch of LA Mobile, a mobile application that allows LADOT DASH and Commuter Express transit riders to pay their fares with a smartphone. The new mobile app is the first of its kind for a transit agency in California.

LA Mobile allows riders to set-up an account with a credit card and pay for fares on a per-ride or monthly basis, with a minimum purchase of 20 trips.

Occasional DASH and Commuter Express UCLA riders can now purchase their 20 rides on their phones at their convenience instead of making the trek to the Central Ticket Office to purchase a 20-trip booklet.

LA Mobile will help pave the way for additional transit agencies to integrate a pay-by-phone application into their systems.

5 tools every bus rider should be using


Thanks to recent technological advances, there are many new information tools that make public transportation easily accessible to all. Whether you are a regular rider, or just want to ride the bus for one day, these 5 tools can help you get on board!



NextBus provides you with real-time arrival information specific to your bus route.

How it works:

NextBus uses Global Position Satellite (GPS) technology, and advanced computer modeling to track the routes of buses and cars, taking into account the vehicle's actual position, intended stops, and typical traffic patterns. NextBus provides highly accurate bus arrival times. In addition, using your location, NextBus is able to determine and predict what routes are in your area and your arrival time. Once you have selected your criterion, the information is automatically displayed and updated every few seconds.

How to access it:

  • Internet
  • Smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices.
  • SMS Text
  • Phone call




Moovit is a mobile app (online website above) where users can plan trips, receive and share real-time public transportation information and easily navigate to their destination of choice.

How it works:

Information provided by Moovit is acquired through crowdsourcing. By riding with the app open, users anonymously share their public transit vehicle location and speed. This information is then combined with data gathered directly from transit agencies to provide users with better arrival times and route plans. You can also choose to actively contribute relevant status reports such as bus cleanliness, occupancy and any accidents that may cause a delay or change in routes.

How to access it:

  • Smartphone app
  • Internet


Google Maps - Transit

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Google Maps - Transit allows you to maneuver your way around the city with the help of public transportation. With this easy to use system, you can get personalized directions to any destination on any web device.

How it works:

Once you've entered your destination, you will receive several options that include the public transit lines availability,  average duration of the trip, operating time and frequency. You can view your route on the interactive map by clicking "Preview steps," you can also switch to Satellite view to familiarize yourself with the area. After selecting "More options and times" from the main map view, the Schedule Explorer will display the overall travel time for your route, including the time walking, time on transit and the transit lines used.

How to access it:

  • Smartphone app
  • Internet




Go511 is your one-stop source for bus, subway and train information in Southern California. Go511 can help improve your commute by keeping you informed even before you leave the house and while on the go as it is accessible through many channels.

How it works:

Information found in Go511 comes from a variety of traveler information sources such as; Caltrans and transit agencies from across its reporting area. The "Trip Planner" option allows you to find the best route for your trip, and the "Find a Transit Provider" tool allows you to find bus or train service near you. If you want information on a route, you can use of the "Transit Departure Times" option where you will find the next scheduled arrival times for your chosen bus line stop.

How to access it:

  • Smartphone app
  • Internet
  • Phone


Metro LA Alerts


Receive all of Metro, Los Angeles system alerts for bus and rail via twitter @metrolaalerts.  With Metro LA Alerts you'll be up-to-date with the most current reports on public transportation in your local area.

How it works:

Follow @metrolaalerts on twitter and receive transit updates on your feed.

How to access it:

  • Twitter app
  • Twitter website
  • SMS Texts