- January 28 2016
- Michelle King
Searching for a more economic, efficient and environmentally friendly way to commute around LA?
LA Metro is offering an exciting, indispensable experience for new riders! You can now go on a FREE guided tour of the Metro line to explore destinations all around town and familiarize yourself with the benefits of public transit.
During the tour, you can learn how to plan a trip, purchase and use a TAP Card, navigate between different bus/rail lines and much more. Tours begin at Culver City Station and Union Station, and are held Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Participants are responsible for purchasing their own TAP card, which costs $1 and can be loaded with a one-way fare ($1.75), roundtrip fare ($3.50) or a Day Pass ($7).
Get to know the Metro system, and find out how to make your way around LA County. Plus, you'll learn important safety tips about riding public transit. Make your reservation today by signing up here. For more information about Metro Guided Tours, visit Metro's website.
- January 05 2016
- Kimberly Cheng
According to Nielsen.com, five of the top ten resolutions for 2015 were, in no particular order, to get fit, enjoy life to the fullest, spend less, learn something new and read more.
I've discovered a way for you to hit all five goals at once: using public transit. Our brand new Transit Incentive Program (TIP) makes it even easier for you to do that. Whether you currently have a permit or plan on getting one, we'll give you a free transit pass plus additional ultra-cool benefits to help you keep your New Year's resolutions.
Just step into the Transportation lobby and ask one of our team members about TIP to find out exactly what it's all about.
And here's how riding public transit will tackle all five resolutions:
- Get fit: Public transit commuters get significantly more exercise than those who drive alone. Studies have proven that active commuting equals a lower body mass index.
- Enjoy life to the fullest: To do that requires less stress. Public transit saves you the headache of sitting in traffic and trying to find parking. Instead, you can listen to music, read or relax.
- Spend less: A no-brainer. You're not spending money on gas, parking, vehicle maintenance or high insurance costs. This equals about $774 per month or $9,286 per year, according to the American Public Transportation Association.
- Learn something new: Figure out how to get around town. Get to know the neighborhood where you work and where you live. Don't stay trapped in the bubble of your car.
- Read more: Been sitting on that book for a year because you don't have time? Now you do. No joke, I finished a book every week or two when I started taking the bus and plowed through my reading list.
- September 24 2015
- Kimberly Cheng
How many of you have experienced that awkward, line-holding, nerve-racking moment of not being able to find change for your bus ride? Well, never again. Because it's finally happened.
All 26 transit agencies in LA County have finally joined TAP, which means that one card is all you need to get around.
You can also now use your TAP card for the Westwood FlyAway and pay $8 instead of $10 for its hourly, direct service between LAX and Westwood.
Metro will be releasing a new card design next month to celebrate finally having the "largest seamless transit network in the nation." But don't worry—this won't affect current TAP cards, which will still be valid.
TAP cards can be purchased online, at vending machines located in all Metro Rail and Orange Line stations, or at about 400 vendors countywide.
Click here for the complete list of all 26 TAP-friendly transit agencies.
- August 06 2015
- Kimberly Cheng
We're wrapping up #RideshareThursday for the summer and kicking off August with Mandy, who is living proof that you don't need a car to get around LA. And now, if you're tired of driving in traffic and being stressed out by your commute, you can Try Transit with a free BruinGO! Flash Pass, good for any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus. Live like Mandy—healthy, happy and stress free. Thanks for sharing your #UCLARideshare story!
Got a commute story to share? There's still time to win a gift card! Send your rideshare story to email@example.com.
I moved from Georgia to LA in May 2008. Everyone thought I was crazy for not bringing a car. Everyone said, "Don't you know that public transportation in LA is awful! You'll never get around!" Well, that was 7 years ago. I'm still here. I'm still without a car. UCLA's commuter options make it easy and possible for me to get around easily! I ride the bus to and from work every day from Sherman Oaks. I have my pass so I can go anywhere I need. When I need a car, I have Zipcar on campus to help me get around. Now and then, I think about getting a car. But I also think of all the things I've gotten to do that most have never done. Every day I'm on my ride home—playing a game, reading a book, listening to music—not worried about the traffic because the driver has it covered. I don't stress about the traffic since I'm not driving. I don't stress about parking. And I have exercise built into my day—walking to and from the bus makes a nice excuse. Oh, and did I mention—the savings?
- July 21 2015
- Kimberly Cheng
Here for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games? Athletes, family members, volunteers, officials and fans can see all that L.A. has to offer—even without a car.
From shopping and dining to museums and entertainment venues, you can get from campus to pretty much anywhere without ever getting behind the wheel. Six transit agencies serve UCLA, including Metro, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver CityBus, LADOT Commuter Express, Santa Clarita Transit and the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.
While you’re here for the Special Olympics, enjoy L.A.’s world-famous attractions and cultural gems.
Use this guide to navigate your way to popular destinations like Santa Monica Pier, The Grove or the L.A. Zoo by taking public transit, and make your life a little bit easier. We know traffic and parking can be a headache.
Metro is the Official Transit Provider for the 2015 World Games. For more information about how you can Go Metro and purchase a Special Olympics Commemorative TAP card, click here.