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Tips for Seniors

Tips for Seniors
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  • Senior Safety Tips
  • Senior Guide
  • On the Move Riders Club

Declare your independence from driving – Go Metro!

Metro offers seniors an affordable, convenient and safe means of travel throughout LA County. Go shopping, go to the doctor, visit friends or relatives, or just explore new places. And do all this while avoiding traffic or having to rely on someone else to give you a ride.

  • Enjoy the easy, convenient and affordable way to get around.
  • Shop, make appointments or run errands on your schedule.
  • Explore LA’s attractions without the traffic.
  • Take advantage of 25-cent off-peak senior fares.

Keep these safety tips in mind while riding Metro buses and Metro Rail.

Boarding The Bus

  • Wait on the sidewalk away from the curb and don’t approach the bus until it comes to a complete stop.
  • Use the handrails when boarding. If using a wheelchair or walker while boarding on a lift, be sure to hold the handrails on the lift – the lift could move suddenly once activated!

 On The Bus

  • Use the handholds while moving through the bus and take your seat promptly.
  • Seats at the front of the bus are designated as priority seating for seniors and the disabled – please request other passengers give up those seats if they are occupied.

 Leaving The Bus

  • Get ready to exit well in advance of your stop so you don’t have to rush.
  • Use the handrails when getting off the bus.
  • Watch your step getting off, especially at night and in rainy weather.

 Boarding The Train

  • Stand back from the platform edge and wait from the train to stop before approaching the door.
  • Wait for passengers to exit before you attempt to board.
  • Watch out for the gap between the platform and the train.

 On The Train

  • Always use the handrails for stability once aboard the rail car and take a seat promptly – trains start and stop suddenly.
  • Side-facing seats near the doors are designated as priority seating for seniors and the disabled – please request other passenger give up those seats if they are occupied.

 Getting Off The Train

  • Get ready to exit when your stop is approaching so you don’t have to rush.
  • Again use the handrails when moving to the door – the train slows suddenly as it comes to a station.
  • Watch your step as you exit the train.

Metro is one of the nation’s largest public transportation agencies. We can take you just about anywhere in LA County.

How to Plan Your Trip

To plan the route that’s best for you, use out Trip Planner at metro.net or call us toll-free at 323.GO.METRO.

Metro Bus

Our buses travel most major streets in the county, offering different types of service. Metro Local routes stop about every two blocks and are painted orange (some are white with yellow stripes). Metro Rapid routes are faster, because they stop only at major intersections; they are painted red. Metro Express routes travel long distances on freeway and make very few stops.

Metro Orange Line

The Metro Orange Line is a bus-only transitway running across the San Fernando Valley between North Hollywood, Warner Center and Chatsworth. Vehicles on this line are painted silver and called Metro Liners; they stop at 18 stations, operating very much like Metro Rail trains. Many bus connections are available at each station.

Metro Rail

The Metro Blue, Green, Red, Purple, Gold and Expo lines comprise Metro Rail. There are a total of 80 stations in the system, each offering many bus connections.

Other Carriers

Many local cities operate additional bus services in their areas. Please note that these carriers have difference fare structures than Metro.

Hours

Most Metro bus and rail lines start running around 4am and keep running until about midnight. They are less frequent in the late evening and on weekends, so check the timetables at metro.net to be sure.

Riding Tips

  • Arrive at your stop or station early
  • Stand back from the street or edge of the platform
  • Check the bus headsign to make sure the approaching bus is the one you want to take
  • Wave to the bus operator to stop
  • Wait for exiting passengers to leave, then board
  • Passengers requiring additional assistance may request the operator to lower the ramp or deploy the lift and/or ask for help in boarding and securing a seat on the bus
  • Secure your personal belongings
  • Please do not eat, drink, smoke or play loud music
  • Be alert while traveling and report any unusual activities by calling 888.950.SAFE (7233)
  • Please be ready to exit when you arrive at your stop
  • Make sure you have your belongings with you and exit, if you are physically able to, using the rear door

Your friends can help you go places

On the Move Riders Club connects you to new friends who can teach you about going Metro. Learn from peers who know the ins and outs of getting around on public transportation – then take a test ride together. Club activities are tailored to each group, and can range from group sightseeing trips to one-on-one training for outings to the store, to the doctor or anywhere else you want to go.

On the Move Riders Club has groups throughout Los Angeles County. For more information or to start a club, contact On the Move Program Coordinator Lilly Ortiz at 213.922.2299 or onthemove@metro.net.

Active Clubs

Alhambra Joslyn Adult Center
210 N. Chapel Av
Alhambra, CA 91801

626.570.5056

Altadena Senior Center
560 E. Mariposa St
Altadena, CA 91001
626.798.4971
Burbank Joslyn Adult Center
1301 W. Olive Av
Burbank, CA 91506
818.238.5353
Cerritos Senior Center
12340 South St
Cerritos, CA 90703
562.916.8561
City of Commerce Senior Center
2555 Commerce Way
Commerce, CA 90040
323.887.4430
Claude Pepper Senior Center
1762 South La Cienega Bl
Los Angeles, CA 90035
310.559.9677

Culver City Senior Center
4095 Overland Av
Culver City, CA 90232

310.253.6700

Duarte Senior Center
1610 Huntington Dr
Duarte, CA 91010
626.357.3513
East Los Angeles Service Center
133 N. Sunol Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90063
323.260.2801
El Segundo Joslyn Center
339 Sheldon St
El Segundo, CA 90245
310.524.2705
Hermosa Beach Senior Center
710 Pier Av
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
310.318.0280
Huntington Park Community Center
6925 Salt Lake Av
Huntington Park, CA 90255
323.584.6352

Jackie Robinson Center
1020 North Fair Oaks Av
Pasadena, CA 91103

626.744.7300

LA Gay and Lesbian Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA  90038
323.860.7302 
Manhattan Beach Senior Service Center
1400 Highland Av
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.802.5419
The Pasadena Village
236 W. Mountain St, Suite 109A
Pasadena , CA 91103
626.765.6037
Potrero Heights Park Community and Senior Center
8051 Arroyo Dr
Montebello, CA 90640
626.927.5430
City of Redondo Beach
1922 Artesia Bl
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
310.318.0610 x3750/x3459
City of San Gabriel
324 S. Mission Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
626.308.2822
Saint Rita
50 E. Alegria Av
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
626.355.1292
San Marino Recreation Department
1560 Pasqualito Dr
San Marino, CA 91108
626.403.2200
San Pedro Service Center
769 W. 3rd St
San Pedro, CA 90731
310.519.6091
Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center
5060 Van Nuys Bl
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

818.981.1284
South Pasadena Senior Center
1102 Oxley St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
626.403.7364
Westchester Senior Center
8740 Lincoln Bl
Los Angeles, CA 90045
310.649.3317
YWCA  of Greater Los Angeles
4315 Union Pacific Av
Los Angeles, CA 90023
323.415.6057


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