Orange & Silver Lines
Metro also includes bus “transitways” (also called “Metro Liners” on maps, and referred to as “Bus RapidTransit”) on its Metro Rail map
. These are actually buses, but they act a bit like rail routes
they go on routeswith fewer stops, often on a dedicated roadway only used by this bus, and like rail, you buy your fare (at aticket machine at the station before boarding.
Metro Orange Line
: connecting the northern terminus of the Metro Red Line subway in North Hollywoodwith Warner Center in Woodland Hills, via an East-
West dedicated “transitway” roadway.
Metro Silver Line
: connecting El Monte, downtown Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, and the HarborGateway area.
How to Ride Metro Rail
Once you have checked the system map at on the Metro.net website tosee if a Metro rail line serves the route you want to take, verify thehours and frequency of the trains by viewing the timetables (online inPDF format), but generally, during operational hours, you can just headto the station without checking the timetables; a train should be alongsoon. (Keep an eye out to see if your station has TV monitors near thetrains that display the next scheduled arrival times.)Near the station entrance, look for a farecard machine (a big ATM typemachine) and buy a farecard (ticket) using cash or a credit card. As of August 2011, fares are $1.50 ($0.55 senior/disabled) for each train orbus boarding, generally regardless of the distance. (If you change trains
or buses you’ll need to buy another ticket.) Day passes
($5) are alsoavailable that allow an unlimited number of trips (and make financialsense if you have four or more boardings), but you need a
, aprepaid card you can reload/reuse (details at metro.net/around/fares& taptogo.net).Currently, Metro is in the process of phasing in turnstile gates, and you currently if you have a paper farecardyou just walk through the turnstiles (
, or if you have a TAP card you have to TAP it on theblue sensor on the turnstile. Metro sheriffs can demand to see your paper farecard or TAP card anytime (and
you can be fined if you don’t have a paper farecard or didn’t tap your TAP card).
As you head to the trainplatform,
keep to the right on escalators if you want to stand
(the left is for those in a hurry who want towalk and pass on the left). Then look for the signs listing the destination (last stop) of the train going in thedirection you want to go, and wait there for the next train.
Allow passengers on the train to exit first
, andthen walk on board, being sure not to get anything caught in the door as it closes.
It’s not like an elevator
close on you.
Grab a seat or hold on to a handlebar, and don’t lean on the doors as the train
makes its way.
along many feet bel
ow the traffic gridlock above, and before you know it, you’ll be
at your destination. As you exit, keep an eye open for possible signs (usually on lighted boards in the center of the platform) listing different station exits and explaining where each exit goes. You made it!
Buses: An Overview of the System
At any time, there may be as many as 2,000 Metro buses on the road, divided up into different set routes.Metro divides its lines into
(usually painted orange), which stop frequently, and faster “
” (usually red colored)
buses. For instance, on Wilshire Blvd, Metro runs the “20” local bus line,
h has stops every couple blocks, as well as the “720” “Rapid” bus, which is significantly faster when going
View full size maps and info at metro.net, or call 323.GO.METRO.