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LA Bike Share Launches Tomorrow!

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LA's long-awaited bike share system is finally here!

Starting tomorrow, Angelenos will be able to pick up one of 1,000 bikes from 65 bike hubs in Downtown LA at places like Union Station, Chinatown, Grand Park, Little Tokyo and throughout the Arts District. Many bike share stations are near Metro Rail and and Bus lines, giving transit riders direct access to Metro bikes so they can easily combine bicycle and transit trips.

The new system is available exclusively to pass holders until August 1, 2016, when it will open to all users. Riders can purchase a bike share pass here or add a pass to their existing TAP card. Users with monthly and annual passes pay lower rates per ride. A one-way ride of 30 minutes or less will cost $3.50.

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Metro created this cool video to show you how to rent and return a bike. Watch it below. For more information, Metro also recently compiled this top 10 list of things you need to know about their new system.

The $11-million program will add LA to the growing number of cities that have welcomed bike sharing as an affordable, convenient way to make short, point-to-point trips without a car.

Metro is currently looking to expand their bike share system to 15 other communities across LA Country, including Pasadena, the San Gabriel Valley and the San Fernando Valley. At this time, Metro's bikes are incompatible with Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share.

Bike Share Station Map

Bike Share Station Map

San Gabriel Valley’s Massive 18-Mile Open Street Event

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SGVblogheaderIn one of the largest-ever car-free events, Metro presents 626 Golden Streets on Sunday, June 26 (6/26).

The ride spans more than 18 miles, connecting six Gold Line stations and running through seven cities.  The San Gabriel Valley event will pass through South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa, and run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3459087_origWalk, run, skate, bike and explore the 626 at this free event. Free fitness classes (Zumba, Yoga), activity booths, live music, food trucks, street murals, art activities and more will be found along the route. Click here for a detailed activity schedule.

Activity Hubs:

  • South Pasadena Station Hub 
  • San Marino High School Hub
  • LA County Michillinda Park Hub 
  • Arcadia Station Square Hub
  • Monrovia Station Square Hub 
  • Duarte / City of Hope Hub
  • Irwindale Station Hub
  • Downtown Azusa Hub

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Tomorrow is National Dump the Pump Day

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If you've ever considered trying to live a little greener, tomorrow is the day to start!

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transportation systems across the country will be celebrating the 11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

Ride the Culver CityBus or local Antelope Valley Authority Transit buses for free all day tomorrow. Plus, Metro Rewards is offering a special promotion: Riders will earn double entries for the monthly drawing when they log in their transit commute at ridematch.info.

UCLA Transportation makes its even easier for you to Dump the Pump with our subsidized transit passes for six different agencies.

This summer, we're also giving away free dumpthepumpBruinGO! Flash Passes (valid for Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus) for anyone who purchases a Go Metro pass, in honor of the Expo Line extension opening.

Imagine all the money you could save by riding transit, especially with the continuous fluctuation of gas prices. According to a recent APTA Transit Savings Report, a two-person household that downsizes to one car can save, on average, more than $9,000 a year.

And it's not just your pockets that you're filling. Studies show that every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns. Help yourself, help your family, help your community, and Dump the Pump!

Buy a Metro Pass, Get a Flash Pass for Free!

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Expo-Line-Blog-Header_700x240To continue the celebration of the Expo Line Extension opening, we're offering free BruinGO! Flash Passes to any UCLA student, staff or faculty member who purchases a Go Metro pass this summer!

Purchase your Go Metro pass online here, and both your Metro and free BruinGO! pass will be automatically loaded onto your TAP card within three business days.

Both summer passes are valid from Monday, Jun 13 to Sunday, September 11.

With Go Metro and BruinGO!, you'll be able to ride on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver CityBus, and Metro bus or rail lines.

For more information about the Expo Line Extension, including campus-friendly stops and buses to UCLA , click here.

Expo Line Opening Weekend Recap

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This past weekend, Metro celebrated the opening of the Expo Line Extension with a host of activities. In case you missed it, here are some photos from the festivities.

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