POSTED: July 7th 2017

Olympics: LA Metro launches limited edition TAP cards near key LA 2024 proposed venues

The effort is to highlight the city's mass transit system © LA 2024
The effort is to highlight the city's mass transit system © LA 2024

Olympians and Paralympians came out to personally hand out the cards © LA 2024
Olympians and Paralympians came out to personally hand out the cards © LA 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) unveiled limited edition TAP cards in select locations near proposed venues for the Olympic Games if LA wins the nod to host the 2024 Olympiad.

"Ready to welcome the world" is printed across the cards to highlight public transportation investments that will provide connections to the sports parks and standalone competition venues in LA 2024's Games concept.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said, "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.

"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 already has a large, robust transit network, and by 2024 we plan to add nearly 20 miles of new rail service to our system," commented Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. "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."

Yesterday cards were made available at: Expo Line (Expo Park/USC Station) - L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Galen Center, Dedeaux Field, LAFC Stadium, and Media Village/MPC; Expo/Blue Lines (Pico Station) - L.A. Live, STAPLES Center, L.A. Convention Center and Microsoft Theater; Red/Purple Lines (Civic Center/Grand Park Station) - L.A. City Hall and Grand Park; Red/Purple Lines (7th/Metro) - L.A. Live, STAPLES Center, L.A. Convention Center, and Microsoft Theater, and; Expo Line (Downtown Santa Monica Station) - Santa Monica Beach Volleyball stadium.

Today more are available at: Metro Orange Line (Balboa Station) - Sepulveda Basin; Silver Line (Harbor Gateway Transit Center) - StubHub Center; Blue Line (1st Street Station) - Long Beach Arena, Waterfront, and Pier; Green Line (Hawthorne/Lennox Station) - The Forum and L.A. Stadium at Hollywood Park; Gold Line (Memorial Park Station) - Rose Bowl; Expo Line (26th Street Station) - Riviera Country Club. 

In November 2016 the LA transport system received huge boost as LA County voters approved the Measure M sales tax measure that will invest $120 billion in new rail lines, bus services and highway improvements, among other projects and programs. This just adds to the existing $40 billion transportation investment over a 30-year period and contributes to the existing and vastly growing transport system.

Los Angeles is bidding against Paris to host the 2024 summer Games and the IOC will be moving forward next week to taking a groundbreaking decision as to awarding the 2028 Olympics at the same time.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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