Metro ‘Taps’ Into L.A. Olympic Spirit

By City News Service

Limited edition Metro TAP cards celebrating Los Angeles’ Olympic bid are available at select stations, the agency announced Friday.

The cards feature the worlds “Ready to welcome the world,” and include photos of public transportation options that visitors could use to travel between potential venues.

“Los Angeles has its sights set on the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and now, Metro riders can show their Olympic spirit every time they TAP,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “When we say we’re “ready to welcome the world,” it means we’re ready to harness our historic investments in mass transit, so that we can connect fans with sports parks quickly and affordably, and ease traffic congestion across the city, just like we did during the 1984 Games.”

Metro issues LA 2014 Olympic-themed Tap Card.

Metro issues LA 2014 Olympic-themed Tap Card.

Los Angeles is competing with Paris for the 2024 Games, although the International Olympic Committee is expected next week to approve a plan to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously at its meeting in Lima, Peru in September.

Metro already has a large, robust transit network, and by 2024 we plan to add nearly 20 miles of new rail service to our system,” Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said. “These lines are already under construction today. We will be ready to transport spectators in a convenient, efficient manner with Metro*s interconnected transit system serving all Olympic and Paralympic sports venues.”

The cards were made available at the following stations:
— Expo Line (Expo Park/USC Station and Downtown Santa Monica Station)
— Expo/Blue Lines (Pico Station)
— Red/Purple Lines (Civic Center/Grand Park Station and 7th/Metro)

— Metro Orange Line (Balboa Station)
— Silver Line (Harbor Gateway Transit Center)
— Blue Line (1st Street Station)
— Green Line (Hawthorne/Lennox Station)
— Gold Line (Memorial Park Station)
— Expo Line (26th Street Station)

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