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Metrolink, Ben & Jerry’s Help Commuters Beat the Heat

Thursday July 13, 2017

July is National Ice Cream Month.

LOS ANGELES – Celebrating National Ice Cream Month in the sweltering month of July, the Metrolink CEO and the owner of Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop at Los Angeles Union Station today helped train commuters beat the heat by serving them free ice cream samples.

Woody, the Ben & Jerry’s black and white cow mascot, also brought smiles to faces of Metrolink riders who were surprised by the unprecedented treat as they boarded afternoon trains for home at Union Station.

“What better way to beat the heat than with the best ice cream and the best travel bargain in town,” said Metrolink CEO Art Leahy who noted that on Saturdays and Sundays, Metrolink offers $10 unlimited rides to the Southland’s premier beaches in Oceanside and San Clemente, among many other family and tourist destinations.

Leahy also thanked David Bernstein, owner of the Ben & Jerry’s Union Station franchise, located near the Amtrak ticketing counter, who personally served Metrolink riders today.

“National Ice Cream month is not only a great time to celebrate one of America’s favorite summertime pleasures but a good way to cool off when the temperatures rise!” said Bernstein.

“It’s fun to give free scoops to our fans that travel through LA Union Station on Metrolink, and hopefully we've given them smiles for miles on their afternoon commute.”

Metrolink, which provides passenger train service to six Southern California counties, is one of the few public transit operators in the region that permits eating on its trains. There are tables and bathrooms and water dispensers. And, for those beating the summer heat, the bicycle cars also can safely accommodate surfboards. Families and others are welcome to bring their beach gear including chairs, umbrellas and coolers.

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Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 24th year of operation. Metrolink is governed by The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Metrolink operates seven routes through a six-county, 538 route-mile network. Metrolink’s passengers travel approximately 441 million miles each year, making Metrolink the second busiest public transportation provider in Southern California. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.


As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry's believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry's incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2015 the company completed its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully source Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry's products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry's, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry's became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry's Foundation's employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2016 to support economic and social justice, environmental restoration, and peace through understanding. For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry's visit