The Rose Queen Court on the Gold Line this morning. Photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro.
With New Year’s Day on a Sunday this year, Metro has decided to run 24-hour service on all five rail lines and the Orange Line busway beginning on Saturday night — New Year’s Eve — until the close of service on Monday night, Jan. 2.
Free rides on all Metro buses and trains are being offered on New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. That’s part of a public safety initiative. Anyone boarding a Metro bus or train after 2 a.m. Sunday must pay a fare.
The Tournament of Roses parade this year and the Rose Bowl game are being held on Monday, Jan. 2 — the parade begins at 8 a.m. and the game kicks off at 2:10 p.m. As a result, Metro Rail and the Orange Line will be in service all night on Sunday and early Monday morning. (Here’s the Tournament of Roses website).
Metro will also add train service on Monday to accommodate heavy passenger loads to and from Pasadena.
For out of town visitors: Fares on Metro are $1.50 per ride on a single line. A day pass for $5 offers unlimited rides for a single day. Here is a map of our bus and rail system and here is a map of the Gold Line light rail connecting Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena. Here is the parade route map.
In addition, on Jan. 2, Metrolink commuter rail will be running trains on the San Bernardino and Antelope Valley Line, plus offering 2-for-1 discounts.
An event is being held this morning in downtown L.A. to promote Metro service to the Tournament of Roses. Here is the official news release from Metro, with more details:
METRO, METROLINK THE EASIEST, MOST ECONOMICAL WAY TO TRAVEL TO 2012 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES® FESTIVITIES
For those planning to attend the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade® and other festivities in Pasadena, there is no easier way to get there than Metro and Metrolink.
The 123rd Rose Parade® presented by Honda themed “Just Imagine…” will feature spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats, and equestrian units.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will provide fast, frequent rail service to and from Pasadena, with four station stops near the parade route. Event-goers traveling by Metro will also avoid the costs of parking and hassle of traffic in Pasadena.