Discover LA by Metro:
Riding Metro — Easy, Stress-free Key to AES 141
How to Ride – Getting There
On this site, you’ll find directions to AES 41 events and popular destinations. On our Metro Line Maps page, we indicate the Metro stations for some popular destinations and the street addresses and parking information for the stations. We recommend using Google Maps to see where the stations are, where the Park & Ride lots are in relation to the stations, and where to enter the lots.
Use the Metro System Map (above) to locate your points of interest.
Metro Timetable information will help you calculate the length of your trip.
You’ll find fairly good signage at the stations. Platforms and trains have color coding indicating the line. The platform, and the train itself, will indicate the direction of each train. Signs indicate the train line stopping at the platform. Make sure you check carefully or ask when boarding — there are some stations serving more than one line on a platform (the Red and Purple Lines share platforms at six stations; the Blue and Expo Lines share two stations).
The 7th St/Metro Center Station has two platforms on the upper level. Both the Blue Line and Expo Line trains depart from Platform 2 on this level. If you’re waiting to board a train on Platform 2 and see a train arriving on Platform 1, don’t worry — many arriving trains discharge passengers on Platform 1. The Red and Purple Lines are on the lower level at this station.
How to Ride – Timing
LA Metro trains run every 12 minutes much of the day, and more frequently during peak times. To calculate how long your trip will take and to get a complete itinerary for your trip, you can talk to a human at Metro (323-GO-METRO or 323-466-3876), use Metro’s online Trip Planner, or use apps such as Go Metro.
Caution: If your trip involves changing lines at Union Station, Metro’s Trip Planner may not allow enough time to get to the next platform unless you’re a very fast walker. On a few occasions, we’ve arrived late because we missed our connections. If the Trip Planner indicates a tight connection and you have to be at your destination by a specific time, it’s advisable to start your trip earlier than suggested by this planning tool.
Unfortunately, the LA Metro system does not run 24/7. Most trains run from 4 a.m. until midnight or 1 a.m. on Sunday – Thursday, and all lines (including the Orange and Silver Line Busways) run until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. If you plan on returning late at night, be sure to check the timetables for the lines you’re using. If you miss the last train or connection, taxis or rideshares can be expensive if the distance is great.
How to Ride – System Safety
The LA Metro rail/subway system is clean, safe, and usually runs very efficiently. We have ridden every one of the six lines at all hours of the day and night with few hassles. The LA Metro light rail/subway is not plagued with some of the problems of other systems. Hucksters selling and begging, as in NYC, and pickpockets, as in Paris, are rare. Smartphone theft, unfortunately, is common — so hold yours inconspicuously and tightly.
If you should feel threatened or there is an emergency, there are call buttons on all the platforms and in every train car. There are deputy sheriffs in many stations. We’ve seen situations where the emergency button was used — Metro personnel responded immediately and backup personnel boarded the train at the next station.
In the unlikely event that you see a crime, call the Sheriff as soon as possible at 888-950-SAFE (7233) from a cell phone, or use a Metro emergency phone. Try to note exactly when and where the crime occurred. There are cameras in every rail car and station, so noting when a crime happened and, if on a train, the car number, makes it much easier for the deputies to determine if the crime was recorded on video, and, hopefully, catch the guilty party.
How to Ride – Common Sense & Courtesy
We have always found our fellow riders to be polite, relinquishing their seats for older passengers and avoiding pushing/shoving, but not everyone learned these lessons in kindergarten. Use simple courtesy and common sense:
• Let exiting passengers off before entering the car.
• If there are no seats, stand safely and hold on to a post securely.
• Make sure your bike, suitcase, stroller, etc. doesn’t block the aisle.
• No smoking, eating, chewing gum, drinking, etc. are allowed.
Obviously, the Metro light rail/subway is public transportation, so be aware of your surroundings as you would in any public place. Don’t flaunt your money, computer, iPad, smartphone, etc. Always keep a hand on your purse, briefcase, etc. If you drive to Metro and park in a Metro station lot, don’t leave valuables in sight in your car.
Note that unlike long-distance rail, there are no restrooms on the trains, nor are there restrooms in the stations, with the exception of Union Station, which is a major train station.
Now that you’re fully prepared, hop on board and have a great trip!
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