LA at a Glance
— Public Transportation
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. It serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people—nearly one-third of California’s residents—live, work and play within its 1,433-square-mile service area. Learn more at www.metro.net.

Bus
Metro offers local bus services to and from Downtown Los Angeles as well as east-west and north-south routes in other areas as well as certain lines with limited-stop service and express buses throughout the city and shuttle and circulators that provide local service within one or two adjacent neighborhoods and Metro Rapid service. For full schedule and map information, visit www.metro.net/riding/maps/, express and regional bus schedules

Metro Rail
Metro also a system of rail lines that function throughout the area with a color-coded system.
  • Metro Blue Line runs from Downtown Los Angeles south to Long Beach.
  • Metro Red Line runs from just east of Downtown Los Angeles north and west to Hollywood.
  • Metro Green Line runs basically east-west from the South Bay area to Norwalk.
  • Metro Yellow Line swings west from Pasadena to Downtown Los Angeles and back east to East Los Angeles.
  • Metro Purple Line is a short line through Downtown Los Angeles from Koreatown on the west to Union Station on the east side of downtown.
  • Metro Expo Line travels from Downtown Los Angeles west to Culver City.
  • Metro Orange Line (Transitway) extends service from Hollywood west through the San Fernando Valley with its terminus at the Ventura County line in the north.
  • Metro Silver Line (Transitway) connects Downtown Los Angeles with El Monte to the east and Harbor Gateway to the south with service to the University of Southern California campus.

Currently under construction is Phase 2 of the Metro Expo Line, which will extend the line further east nearly to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, and the Foothill extension of the Metro Gold Line, which will extend the line further east past Pasadena.

Fares
The simplest way to pay your fare is with cash each time you board a bus or train. You also can purchase transfers between lines operated by Metro and those operated by other carriers. As of February 2013, a base fare, required for each boarding was $1.50; however there are fare add-ons, such as the Metro-to-Muni Transfer (additional $0.35 and the Freeway Express buses (from $0.70 to $1.40 extra). Of course seniors have discounted rates on all fares. An unlimited Metro Day Pass for $5 also is available although zone charges may apply on some lines

Prepaid passes are a way to save time and money. Accepted as base fare, they’re sold in advance on TAP cards at Metro Customer Centers and hundreds of other locations. As of February 2013, a Seven-Day Pass was $20 and a 30-Day was $75. Also available are the Freeway Express Stamp for the bus at $22 per zone, the EZ transit pass for $84 and the EZ Premium Stamp for $22 per zone. Tokens are also are sold at various locations in bags of 10 for $15.

   
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