Public Transit Guide for Convention Delegates

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LA is home to one of the country’s best public transportation networks, including subways, light-rail, buses and shuttles to just about every corner of the Greater Los Angeles area.


Taxi Cabs

Photo courtesy of LA Yellow Cab Co.

Catching a taxi cab is a great way to navigate Los Angeles from our local airports or around town.  From LAX, taxi cab can be found curbside on the lower/arrivals level in front of each terminal under the yellow signs indicating “Taxis.”  There are nine franchise taxi operators in the City of Los Angeles who operate more than 2300 taxis in our city.  Passengers will be presented with a ticket stating typical fares to major destinations.  Be sure before boarding any taxi in the city of Los Angeles that you look for the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal. Taxicabs bearing this seal are insured, have trained drivers and are regularly inspected by the City of Los Angeles. Any cab without the City of Los Angeles seal has no legal authorization to operate in the City.

Taxi cabs can be easily accessed at any of the numerous taxi cab stations around the city, usually near hotels, restaurants or shopping districts.  Text-A-Taxi is a convenient service to “hail” a taxi cab and is available throughout Downtown Los Angeles. Passengers simply send a text to 310.574.2228 with the pick-up address. This service will text back later for a status report on your taxi cab.  Taxi Magic is a mobile devise application that connects you directly to Los Angeles taxi computer dispatch systems so you can instantly reserve a Los Angeles Yellow Cab. Your LA taxi cab reservation is instant, secure and reliable.  Download this application at

Currently, the flat fare between LAX and downtown Los Angeles is $46.50 plus a $4.00 surcharge for all trips originating at LAX.  For a complete listing of taxi cab companies and current taxi fares in Los Angeles, please visit to


FlyAway bus
FlyAway bus | courtesy of LAX, Facebook

There are numerous transportation options available at LAX, including: airport buses, door-to-door shuttle vans, local buses, light rail, taxicabs and rental cars. A free shuttle bus connects LAX with the Metro Rail Green Line light rail, and free shuttle buses transport passengers between airline terminals. The LAX FlyAway® bus service provides frequent non-stop transportation between LAX and several locations throughout the city. For detailed information on ground transportation to and from the airport, visit the LAX Ground Transportation page.

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Metro Trip Planning: The Basics

The Metro Trip Planner is a great tool to use when planning your way around Los Angeles. The tool generates detailed instructions on how to get to and from your destination. You can also download the Go Metro Los Angeles V2 mobile app to help you get around the city while on the go.

Having the exact cash fare is the simplest way to pay for your trip, as all transit rates start at a base fare of $1.50. However, if you do plan to use Metro public transportation at various times during your visit it might be easier to purchase the Metro TAP card. The TAP card allows you to add money and/or choose from a daily, weekly, or monthly pass to add to your card. Buying a pass is often less expensive than the base fare price per ride. For more information on fares, passes, and TAP visit:

Metro Rail System

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Six fast, easy-to-use and environmentally friendly rail lines offer visitors a desirable and efficient way of getting from one destination to the next.  All rail stations are served by Metro bus lines.

  • The Metro Expo Line (light rail) provides service that connects the Westside to Downtown L.A., Hollywood, South Bay, and Long Beach. The Expo Line features 10 new stations including USC, Expo Park, and Culver City. Click Here to Download Metro Expo Line Map & Schedule

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Metro Bus System

Metro Rapid
Metro Rapid | Photo Courtesy of Metro

Local, Rapid, Express and BRT (bus rapid transit) services are available throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. With nearly 200 different lines, buses travel all over the region to every major destination including state parks, area attractions and shopping districts. Many Metro Bus lines provide connections to Metro Rail stations.

  • Metro Local (painted orange) makes frequent stops along major streets throughout the city.
  • Metro Rapid (painted red) offers fewer stops and expedited travel times on the city’s major streets, with the use of special transponders that cause traffic signals to favor the bus.
  • Metro Express (painted blue) offers reduced stop service along the city’s freeway systems.
  • The Metro Silver Line (bus rapid transit) connects the South Bay and the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown L.A.
  • The Metro Orange Line (bus rapid transit) runs from North Hollywood to Warner Center in Woodland Hills.

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The City of Los Angeles Transportation (LADOT) currently operates the second largest fleet in Los Angeles County. LADOT’s transit fleet serves approximately 30 million passenger boardings per year.

DASH Downtown
Six quick bus routes through Downtown depart every five to 15 minutes between 5:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and every six to 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Route A – Little Tokyo to City West
    Route B – Chinatown to Financial District
    Route D – Union Station to South Park
    Route E – City West to Fashion District
    Route F – Financial District to Exposition Park/USC

DASH also Serves:

    Beachwood Canyon
    Boyle Heights/East LA
    Chesterfield Square
    Downtown Los Angeles
    El Sereno/City Terrace
    Highland Park/Eagle Rock
    Hollywood/West Hollywood
    Lincoln Heights/Chinatown
    Los Feliz
    Panorama City/Van Nuys
    Pico Union/Echo Park
    San Pedro
    Southeast Los Angeles
    Van Nuys/Studio City
    Wilshire Center/Koreatown

Commuter Express
LADOT offers stress-free, reliable bus service to Downtown Los Angeles in the morning and back in the afternoon from communities reaching from the beach cities to the San Fernando Valley.

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