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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.

Active Clubs

Ahmanson Senior Center
3990 Bill Robertson Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90037
213.763.0118
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
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
El Cariso Park
13100 Hubbard St.
Sylmar, CA 91342
818.367.5043
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
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
Irwindale Senior Center
16116 Arrow Hwy
Irwindale, CA 91706
626.430.2283
La Fetra Senior Center
116 E. Foothill Bl.
Glendora, CA 91741

626.914.8235
LA Gay and Lesbian Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA  90038
323.860.7302 
Lawndale Senior Center
14717 S. Burin Av
Lawndale, CA 90260
310.973.3276
Long Beach Senior Center
1150 E. 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.570.3500 
Manhattan Beach Senior Service Center
1400 Highland Av
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.802.5419
Mar Vista Community Council – Aging in Place Committee
11350 Palms Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066
sherri.akers@marvista.org
The Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts
808 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
323.479.2775
Monrovia Community Center
119 W. Palm Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016
626.256.8246
Motion Picture & Television Fund/Neighborhood Community Council 323.634.3867
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSUDH
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
310.243.3208
Pasadena Senior Center
85 E. Holly St
Pasadena, CA 91103
626.685.6703
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
Silvercrest Residence
1530 Fifth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

310.393.5336
South Pasadena Senior Center
1102 Oxley St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
626.403.7364
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
562.630.6141

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