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    Quote Originally Posted by x-wingcamewest View Post
    There are two different train systems in the greater LA area. Metrolink, is more of a commuter from out lying areas, say Palmdale to LA or Fullerten to LA. ect. They run on the regular train tracks that the freight trains and amtrak run on.

    The Metro rail system is akin to, but not quite the old red car system. Light rail track system separate from the regular train track system. It is for commuters in the general LA basin though, I believe they plan on extending some to the systems further east on the Gold and Green lines.

    Any way, from what I'm gathering, you are taking the Metrolink, (full size train), from where ever you live to LA. If this is the case, take that train to Union Station, from there, follow the signs to the Metro redline, it is a subway, take the redline to the third stop, called 7th st. Metro station.
    Now from there, you can either take a short 5-10 min walk to staples or follow the signs in the 7th Metro station to the Metro Blue line. take that to the first stop which is the Pico station, it is right across the street from staples. I've done both, sometimes waiting for the next Blueline is a longer wait than just walking the few blocks from there.

    As some have said, it seems if you buy a Metrolink day pass for 10 bucks, it is good for that day too on the metro rail systems in LA.

    Just look on line for the times and stuff from where you are coming from to Union station, and from Union to the Stapler. Have fun.
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    I take Metrolink from Glendale to Union Station and then the Metro over to 7th & Metro. I love that my Metrolink Ticket is good for a trip on the Metro as well. My only complaint is that the Metrolink doesn't run late enough to take home from evening games. I wind up cabbing it home so, all in all, about the same price as parking and a heck of a lot cheaper than a potential DUI

    It's actually part of my game day superstitions now (walking to the train station, which train car I get on, etc). Both the Purple and Red lines go from Union Station to 7th & Metro and I try to time it to always catch the Purple (even if it's not officially a Kings color anymore)

    I usually walk from there but now with the Expo Line and Blue line on the 2nd platform both stopping at Pico, there's almost always a train waiting. I still like the walk though, preventative measures for the beer calories I suppose.

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    I'm too lazy to look it up, but are weekend trip metrolink tickets still good on the subway with the new TAP card enforcement at union station?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kba4life2 View Post
    I'm too lazy to look it up, but are weekend trip metrolink tickets still good on the subway with the new TAP card enforcement at union station?
    Don't know anything about the weekend pass, but my monthly pass is now 'tappable'.

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    For people that are looking to leave from Norwalk Station, rather than taking the Green Line -> Blue Line, you can take Metro Bus 460 towards downtown. It leaves from the bus station in the same lot as the Norwalk Green Line station and drops you off at the corner of Figueroa and Chick Hearn (i.e. right by the front door). Buses leave every 30 mins or so, with one leaving at 6:35pm and the next leaving right around 7pm. It travels in the carpool lanes on the 105 and the express/bus lanes on the 110. The entire trip takes about 25 minutes, and it is pretty much non-stop on the way up (you might stop at one or two bus stops on Figueroa between Adams and Pico, but that's it). I normally catch the 7pm bus, and I'm in my seat in time for the National Anthem.

    The buses back to Norwalk pick up at the front entrance to the Convention Center (SW Corner of Figueroa and Pico) and leave at 9:44pm and 10:33pm (Bus will say 460 - Disneyland on the front). For 7pm games, you can very easily make the 9:44 bus. For 7:30 games, you can easily make the 10:33 bus, even if the games go to overtime. The 10:33 bus to Norwalk is the last one of the night, so if you miss it, you'll either have to take the Blue Line -> Green Line trains, or take the Silver Line bus to the 105/110 interchange, then transfer to the Green Line train. On the way back, the bus usually stops at one or two of the bus outlets on the 110 freeway for a few seconds if someone requests it, but is non-stop about half the time. If I catch the 10:33 bus, I normally make it back to the Norwalk station by 11pm.

    I live in Irvine and used to drive to the Wardlow station and catch the Blue Line, but the bus is so much faster/easier, and there is hardly ever anyone on it. The fare each way is $2.90 ($0.85 for seniors), which is a little more pricy than the train, but still much cheaper than driving/parking. I much prefer this to taking the trains.

    **Edit** Oh yea, you can also use your TAP card on the bus as well, or just pay cash to the driver. I pay cash, and often times when I ask the driver how much the fare is for 2 people, the driver tells me to just give him a fiver and we'll call it even. Make sure when you leave from Norwalk, you get on the 460 bus towards Downtown (I think it says 6th and Grand or something) rather than the 460 bus towards Disneyland. They leave from the same bus bay and arrive right around the same time, so it can get confusing. Every single time I have taken the bus, some poor sucker gets on the bus going the wrong way.
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    Bad news for some of those who love to take the Metrolink on the weekends. The ticket price for a Metrolink ticket on the weekends is now 10 dollars for either Saturday or Sunday instead of being 10 dollars for the whole weekend. I say bad news for some because I'm sure most people only used the Metrolink for one day on the weekend anyways, game day.

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    just wondering, i was thinking of taking the metro from anaheim to see thurs nights game, does the train run back to anaheim after the game ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draven898 View Post
    just wondering, i was thinking of taking the metro from anaheim to see thurs nights game, does the train run back to anaheim after the game ?
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    Says here the last train from LA to Anaheim leaves at 6:30, which is before the game has even started. I think the only Metrolink line that runs late night after the games is the San Bernadino line. If you really need to take public transportation I know Metro runs buses that go from Disneyland to Union station, and they run late night. It's the bus though, and it's late night. Might not be everyones cup of tea.

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    I've been doing the Metro to games since last season, and I've had good experiences overall. Meeting lots of STH's and other cool Kings fans has been neat, and seeing some interesting and unique individuals that ride the subway has been quite a hoot too.

    It just sucks because I hit the bulk of the traffic in the Valley and Calabasas coming from Agoura, so by the time I hit the Universal City station, I may end up getting there later than I would driving occasionally. Still worth it because its cheaper than parking and a lot safer for my car for the most part. Would recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsFan1985 View Post
    Bad news for some of those who love to take the Metrolink on the weekends. The ticket price for a Metrolink ticket on the weekends is now 10 dollars for either Saturday or Sunday instead of being 10 dollars for the whole weekend. I say bad news for some because I'm sure most people only used the Metrolink for one day on the weekend anyways, game day.
    Really? It did go up, but to $5.50 as far as I can tell. Oh wait. I only buy one way.

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    PS my new thing is Uber. Awesome way to get home after a game and many of the guys actually know what's up which makes for fun conversations on the way home.

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