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Tips for Seniors

Declare 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 35-cent off-peak senior fares.
    Off-Peak hours include weekdays 9am - 3pm and 7pm - 5am; weekends and Federal holidays.

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 .

See how these clubs transform and improve the lives of older adults in the video below.

4th Annual Older Adult Transportation Expo
Thanks to everyone who attended the 4th Annual Older Adult Transportation Expo on October 2, 2019, at the Pasadena Convention Center. This year, over 800 older adults from across the county joined us to learn about the essentials of riding public transportation through informational sessions and the opportunity for open dialogue with Metro and several other transit partners in LA County.

Active Clubs

Name/Address Phone
AARP Chapter 5117- Crenshaw
For members only
Altadena Senior Center
560 E. Mariposa St
Altadena, CA 91001
626.798.4971
Antelope Valley Senior Center
777 W. Jackman St
Lancaster, CA 93534
661.726.4400
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

Claude Pepper Senior Center
1762 La Cienega Bl., LA 90035

310-559-9677

Cortez Park Community & Senior Center
25011 E. Cortez St., West Covina, 91791

626-331-5366
Duarte Senior Center
1610 Huntington Dr
Duarte, CA 91010
626.357.3513
ELA 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

City of Glendora
410 E. Dalton Ave., Glendora, CA 91741

626-852-4814
Transportation@CityofGlendora.org
Griffith Park Adult Recreation Center
3203 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.644.5579
LA Gay and Lesbian Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA  90038
323.860.7302
LACERS Harbor – for LA City Employees’ Retirement System members
Lawndale On the Move Riders Program Lilly Ortiz at 213-922-2002
otmrcla@aol.com
Long Beach Senior Center
1150 E. 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.570.3500
Metropolitan Baptist Church
2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
626.798.8611

Northridge Branch

Lilly Ortiz at 213-922-2002
NRbranchOTM@gmail.com

OASIS @ Baldwin Hills/ Crenshaw
4005 Crenshaw Bl., LA, CA 90008
323-291-3414
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ CSU Dominguez Hills
Pacific Palisades Senior Alliance
palisadesalliance@gmail.com
Pasadena Senior Center
85 E. Holly St
Pasadena, CA 91103

Lilly Ortiz at 213-922-2002
pasadenametroventures@gmail.com

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

South Bay Circle of Friends
Contact Lilly Ortiz

213-922-2002
onthemove@metro.net
South Pasadena Senior Center
1102 Oxley St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
626.403.7364

Sparr Heights Senior Center
1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale, CA 91208

818-548-2187

Sylmar Seniors
Contact: Lilly Ortiz

213-922-2299
onthemove@metro.net

Walnut Senior Center
21215 La Puente Rd., Walnut, CA 91789

909-598-6200
Watts Seniors
1686 103rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90002
323.945.9210
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
562.630.6141

Westside Pacific Villages
8939 S. Sepulveda Bl., Suite 326, Los Angeles, CA 90045

310-695-7030