New York is probably the one city you think of when you think about public transportation but Los Angeles has a very good transportation system in their own right. We are known for driving anywhere and everywhere but our Metro system is a great way to take in our beautiful city. The Metro Rail is not for everyone but there can many benefits to taking the metro including savings on gas, by passing traffic and helping reduce pollution to the environment. Gas shows no signs of decreasing and we all know how much we hate LA traffic so riding metro can be a nice welcome change.
There are a number of ways to use the metro rail including the red line, purple line, blue line, green line, gold line and the expo line which will be coming in early 2012. The red line which is the subway line that runs between Downtown LA and North Hollywood. It will take you though the districts of Hollywood and Mid Wilshire where along the way you can stop at one of the many great attractions such as Universal Studios, City Walk, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and of course the Hollywood Hotel. There are various stops and shuttles that will take you to many other spots here in North Hollywood so make sure you check the routes.
The purple line operates between downtown LA and Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown. On this line you are on direct route to stop at the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Wiltern and Koreatown. You will end your journey at Union Station. This line will also give you easy access to the blue line which will take you close to Pershing Square, the Music Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art and many other local destinations. From Union Station you can get on the Gold Line which is the light rail that runs from East Los Angeles to Pasadena. In Pasadena you can check out Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art and of course all the great shops and restaurants in Pasadena.
The Expo line is 15 mile line that will expand public transportation even further with 19 stations that will mid city areas such as USC and West Los Angeles. The Expo is scheduled to open in early 2012. The metro line has 70 stations in Los Angeles County to serve Angelenos and there increased demand to get places as efficiently as possible. It can be a good thing to put away the keys sometimes and what better way to enjoy the ride with a good book or some relaxing music.