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Aug. 3rd, 2003 | 09:24 pm

Yesterday I biked to a gas station and bought a monthly MTA pass.

With pass in hand I explored some of LA's metro system today.

I went to the Wilshire/Western station and walked through MacArthur park and wandered through some street festival on my way to Luna Tierra Sol Cafe where I had some tofu tacos. Then the book I was reading made reference to a philosopher so I hopped back on the metro to see if I could make it to the LA Central Library before they closed. Alas I was 7 minutes late, though I was a bit confused about which direction I should have gone out at the Pershing Square station.

I hopped back on the metro at the 7th street station and thought about going to long beach or to meet up with the green line and look at LAX. However I decided against it and went to the Vermont and Sunset station where I thought I might find the Center for Inquiry West. I also stumbled across the Los Feliz Neighborhood, which had a couple of restaurants I'd been to--a Thai restaurant whose name is escaping me and Fred 62, as well as an independent bookstore.

After that I got back on and went to the Universal City station to get an idea where it's located as I'd like to have a good way to get to Griffith Park, I then went back to Union station and from there back to the Del Mar station on the Gold Line

Also the time passed while on the metro quite quickly as I got to finish an interesting book.

Also the MTA has a page listing points of interest at the various metro stops.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Aug. 3rd, 2003 09:55 pm (UTC)
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I'll write more about this in my own journal when I get the chance, but I took a bike on the Metro today, and was not impressed: I often had to stand, with one hand on a support and the other on a brake on the bike, and when I could sit, I blocked off at least two and often three seats. Since I had company, this wasn't too bad, but I would be very reluctant to take my bike on the train by myself, which is too bad. :^\

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 3rd, 2003 10:35 pm (UTC)
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The MTA expects you to stand in the back of the car with the bike. Though I think the gold line cars are a bit cramped, I did drag my bike onto the red line a while ago and they had some better places to put the bike.

Also this is one reason I got a folding bike. In principal I can reduce it to a small slightly more convienent piece of luggage.

In London where the tube is a popular fixture they even came up with the ultimate bike for train rides the brompton.

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