QuiltCon 2016: How are you getting there?

There’s just a week to go until modern quilters from all over the world gather to go crazy over Modern Quilts and workshops with their favorite modern quilters.

If you are local to Southern Orange County or Southern California, you know how bad the freeways can be, especially getting into and around the Los Angeles area.

For extra special commuting fun, the 91, which connects Riverside and LA, will be CLOSED in Corona on February 20th and 21st. MetroLink has special offers for those who are willing to take the train.

Here are a few suggestions on making the commute a little nicer, if you are looking for an alternative to driving:

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 12.44.03 PMWalk or Bicycle:

If you’re close enough, why not get some exercise in and walk/bike to the Convention Center? This will avoid traffic and parking hassles. This can also help you keep to a spending budget – you can only buy what you can carry home! (We are checking with the Convention Center on where a person can lock up a bicycle)

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 12.48.41 PMCarpool!

Find some other people who are interested in going and pile in one car. That way, IF you get stuck in traffic, you have someone to talk to besides yourself. You can also share the cost of parking, which will be $12 at the convention center. Also note that on Feb 20 and 21st, the 91 will be CLOSED in Corona, so alternate routes are going to packed.

 

Public Transportation (Bus/Subway, Local Train, Amtrak)

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Yes, Virginia, there is public transportation that can get you to Pasadena. It is safe and clean. Plus, you can get some handwork done on your way there! Then drool over all the goodies you got at the show on your way home….

Below are some of the options, HOWEVER – Please check Metro Bus/Metro Rail/MetroLink/Amtrak sites for the latest information on Schedules/Fares. Fares may be different, based on your age, military status, or student status.

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When checking the schedules, be sure you’re using the Weekday (M-F) schedule for Feb 18 and Feb 19 and the Weekend Schedule for Feb 20 and Feb 21. Fares and service are generally different for weekdays versus weekends.

There’s an app for that – Finally! Metro has a mobile resource page and has a mobile app for iOS or Android to help navigate the Metro Bus, Metro Rail, MetroLink, and Amtrak schedules. Google Maps can also help with this, but may not give you all the options available. Note that using an app may use your data plan and drain your device’s battery faster when in use.

It’s also strongly recommended to have a printed schedule on you so you know your options (because smartphones do have a battery life and they die when it’s the LEAST convenient).

CHECK SITES TO CONFIRM PRICING/SCHEDULES

Buses and the Light Rail:

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.06.47 PM.pngMetro Bus / Metro Rail: These are LA’s bus and light rail systems. System Maps can be found on their site and can be downloaded/printed.

The Metro Rail’s Gold Line connects Union Station to Pasadena Del Mar Station, which is a 10 minute walk to the Convention Center. The buses will take cash or Tap cards. The Subway takes Tap cards or tickets. Subway tickets or Tap cards can be purchased and loaded at subway stations.

Please do the math before purchasing a day pass or a 7 day pass; it may be cheaper to pay per ride. Check the fares at LA Metro.

Trains

Get to the train station at least 20 minutes in advance to allow time to park, get your ticket, and find the track/platform your train is on. Stations are generally clean and have seating/waiting areas while you wait. Larger stations may have vending and restrooms available. Trains stops are very quick – 5 minutes – so it’s important to be there on time.

Amtrak and MetroLink are both heavy rail train systems and terminate at LA Union Station, where you can grab the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena’s Del Mar Station. If you’re transferring in Union Station, it will take 5-10 minutes to get from the train platforms to the Metro Rail stations, depending on how fast you walk. There are train station employees on the platforms, so do ask them if you need help.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.07.37 PM.pngAmtrak: Use Amtrak’s Trip finder to purchase tickets from your local station to LA Union Station (LAX). Amtrak does have a snack car on board, as well as rest rooms, really nice, cushy seats, and power outlets in every row.

Fares are dependent on how far you travel, but are $36 round trip from Irvine and $24 round trip from Riverside. Tickets can be bought online, through their app, or at the Amtrak station. Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding the train.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.08.30 PMMetroLink: Use MetroLink’s Plan a Trip function to find which train to catch to get you to Pasadena. While MetroLink does not have a snack car on board, some cars do have rest rooms, comfortable seats, and sometimes the cars have power outlets. Tickets MUST be purchased at the train station. If you are taking the MetroLink to Union Station, you should be able to use your ticket to transfer to the Metro system at no extra cost.

Fares are dependent on how far you travel, but are $21.50 round trip from Irvine and $26 round trip from Riverside. There’s also a weekend pass available for $10, regardless of where you get on the train. PLUS, if you’re coming in from Riverside, they are offering a 2 for 1 promotion on Feb 20 and 21st, due to the 91 CLOSURE IN CORONA. Tickets must be purchased at the MetroLink station and must be bought prior to boarding the train.

What ever way you decide to get to QuiltCon, be safe and enjoy yourself!

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