It’s going to be crowded Downtown
Hundreds of thousands of marchers are expected to take to the streets of Washington D.C. on Saturday in support of human rights and gender justice. Simultaneous Women’s Marches are planned for other cities around the country, including Los Angeles, where marchers will gather at Pershing Square and proceed to City Hall.
So far, about 66,000 people have RSVP’d to the Facebook event page, so chances are that crowds and street closures Downtown will make driving directly to the march (let alone parking) pretty difficult. If you’re considering going, but aren’t sure how to get there, we’ve put together some tips for how to travel to Pershing Square sans automobile.
Taking the subway’s Red or Purple lines is probably the easiest and most direct way to get to the march. Both lines stop at the Pershing Square station and—being subway routes—won’t be affected by street closures.
Update: Wehoville reports that the city of West Hollywood will be providing free shuttle service to the Red Line on the day of the march. The shuttles will leave from the West Hollywood Library between 7:15 and 9:10 a.m. They will then make regular stops along Santa Monica Boulevard at Robertson, San Vicente, Westbourne, La Cienega, Sweetzer, Crescent Heights, Fairfax, Sierra Bonita, and La Brea, before arriving at the Hollywood and Highland Metro station.
Return shuttles will also be available between noon and 4:45 p.m.
The Blue, Expo, and Gold Lines all link up with the Red and Purple Lines in the Downtown area (the first two at the Seventh Street/Metro Center Station and the third at Union Station). All three routes have numerous park-and-ride lots situated next to stations, so if you don’t live within walking distance of a Metro stop, driving to the train is always an option.
If you’re Downtown already, LADOT’s inexpensive DASH buses provide easy access to Pershing Square. Route B, D, and E all have stops within two blocks of the park. Otherwise, over a dozen Metro bus routes make a stop at Pershing Square, with many others passing nearby. Metro’s mobile app may help make navigating the county’s extensive bus network a bit easier.
Update: Metro has released a list of Saturday detours that will affect Downtown bus routes.
Have a bike? Great! That will come in handy navigating through a crowded Downtown area. Don’t have one? Not to worry. Metro’s new Downtown bike share program is finally up-and-running. That will be especially useful if you choose to park near Downtown or show up a little late and need to quickly catch up with the marchers. Conveniently, there are numerous hubs to borrow and return the bikes between Pershing Square and City Hall.
Other helpful things to know
- There is a large parking lot beneath Pershing Square that’s open all day. Of course, like we said, the event is likely to be crowded, so if you are committed to driving, get there early (marchers will start gathering at 9 a.m.).
- The march will be handicap accessible. According to the organizers, dropoff points will be established at Hill Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets, as well as First and Spring (once marchers reach City Hall). Golf carts will be available to transport attendees with mobility disabilities.
- No pets. While it’s relatively easy to travel on Metro trains and buses with (crated) animals, the organizers of the march have asked participants to leave their pets at home.
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