What the Metro is Like in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Metro Rail is a transportation system in Los Angeles consisting of six lines, two rapid transit system subways – The Red and Purple Lines, and four light rail lines – Blue, Green, Gold and Expo Line. The Metro rail has 93 stations throughout LA. It connects with the system of limited-stop bus services – Metro Busway , and the Metrolink rail system.

The Red and Purple lines have entirely underground route, while the Green line has fully elevated Route. The majority of stations are on the ground level or are elevated. 

The Expo Line connects the west side of LA to downtown LA, Hollywood, South Bay, and Long Beach. The Red Line runs through Downtown LA, the Mid-Wilshire area, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, where it meets the Orange Line. The Purple Line runs along Wilshire Boulevard to Western Avenue in the Downtown LA.

The Metro Red Line operates between Pasadena and East LA and connects to the Red and Purple lines at the Union Square.

The Metro Blue line operates between Long Beach and Downtown LA.

The Metro Green line connects Norwalk and Redondo Beach and crosses the blue line.

All stations feature at least two ticket vending machines, wayfinding maps, electronic message displays, and bench seatings. All of the buses and trains are accessible to all customers, including those with disabilities.

Metro’s fare inspectors inspect trains and stations to make sure that all passengers have a valid fare product on their Transit Access Pass.

Metro Buses have 13,978 stops and 165 bus routes. There are two lines currently, and those are the Orange Line in the San Fernando Valley and the Silver line that runs between El Monte, Downtown Los Angeles, and San Pedro. Metro Silver Line runs between the South Bay and the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown LA. Metro Orange Line operates between North Hollywood to Warner Center in Woodland Hills.

Metro’s fare is $1,75. Metro daily pass is a cheaper solution if you plan taking more than four rides as it costs $7 and for travelers staying in LA for more than a week, a great way to get around is to get a weekly pass for $25. Passes have tobe loadedon a plastic card – Metro LA Tap car. On Metro buses, you can use cash at the time of boarding, and you will need an exact fare as the drivers do not carry any change. TAP Vending Machines at Metro Rail stations provide passes and gives a passenger opportunity to add cash to their cards.

Students, seniors, and disabled riders can use the reduced fare. Children under five may travel for free – two per one paying adult.

Concerning the vehicle designs and operation, the Metro buses mimic the Metro rail. 

There is an additional passenger rail transport in LA – Metrolink, which operates in the southern part of California, including Los Angeles. A round trip from LA Union Station to LAX will cost $19,50 per passenger. The passenger can buy tickets at Metrolink station or online, on the Metrolink application.