Officials promote free rides on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Sheriff Leroy Baca, Metro CEO Art Leahy, Santa Claus and others this morning at Union Station to promote free rides on Metro buses and trains on both Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The free rides will be offered from 9 p.m to 2 a.m. and are a good way to get around safely. Amplifying the holiday safety message, the Mayor and Sheriff Baca reminded transit riders if they “See Something, Say Something” regarding suspicious packages and activity in the transit system.

photos by Luis Inunza/Metro

Categories: Safety

16 replies

  1. I think that is really great maybe not for all bu it really depends on what you want to do, we have to take into consideration that those who give the rides have a life too! So thanks for offering the free rides :)


  2. Just to clarify, for New Year’s Eve all rails will be running 24 hours. They will be free to ride between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., but after that you can still catch a train to get home, you’ll just need to buy a ticket.

    Anna Chen
    Contributer, The Source


  3. This is almost pointless, as the trains stop running around 12:45am. They should run for just a couple more hours — even if only on holidays such as Christmas and New Year — to get the club-going crowds.

    I was hoping to take the train into Hollywood on New Year’s Eve, but I would have to leave before midnight in order to catch the train back to Universal — or wait until nearly 4:45am when the next bus is available. Not gonna happen.

    It is such a shame that the MTA transit planners are not a little more practically minded.


  4. I really enjoyed this service last year when I went to Hollywood, it was so easy and I was excited to use it this year to DTLA. I was actually really appreciative of the free service from 9pm to 2am! But then I realized I’ve got to catch the Red Line just after 12am or I’m stuck in DTLA until 4am…any chance I missed the extended hours memo for all of the Metro systems?
    If it’s free until 2am…are the rails extending their service hours?
    I really hope I’m just missing the memo…otherwise, I’ve got to fight for expensive parking in DTLA and drive with other crazy drunks on the road.
    24 hour service on NYE would be greatly appreciated by all, even if it wasn’t free!:)