I love visiting historic places, and Hollywood certainly ranks up there with its history, especially music, movies, and television. That made Hollywood a definite stop when Jim and I went traveling on National Train Day (May 11).
We probably would have seen more of Hollywood if we weren’t admiring the many Los Angeles Metro subway stations. Following are some pictures of subway stations on the Red Line from Union Station to the Highland/Hollywood Station (North Highland Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard) in Hollywood.
Of course, “subway” does not mean a place to eat. It means going underground.
Underground was unique. Metro Rail serves an average of 363,000 people on a weekday, yet everywhere I looked it was clean, shiny, and beautiful.
I looked around for people cleaning, shining things, sweeping, picking up trash….
Maybe Los Angelenos are naturally clean people?
Maybe they simply like living, working, and riding in a clean environment?
You can’t do anything within the subway environment without risking a $250 fine.
No entry without valid fare….
No eating or drinking….
No spitting or chewing gum….
No skateboarding or scooters….
No loud or rowdy activity….
No playing of sound equipment.
I can see mommy and her little child:
Child: “Mommy, I want some chewing gum.”
Child: “Mommy, can I turn my iPod on?”
Child: “Mommy, can I have my sandwich?”
Child: “Mommy, can I have a Coke?”
Child: “Mommy, can we go home?”
Hmmmm. I think I’m understanding why I didn’t see any children on the subway. I think the youngest people I saw were college students on their way to classes. Interesting.
Murals were everywhere:
If the rest of the Los Angeles Metro Rail routes — Blue, Purple, Green, Gold, and Expo lines — are anything like the Red Line, I look forward to exploring Los Angeles by rail in the next few years. No reason to stay away simply because of the traffic and lack of parking.
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