Metro offers free rides on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Leave the Driving to Metro — To promote a safe holiday season, Metro will offer a special holiday free fare program for all Metro Bus and Metro Rail lines operating on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The free fare program will be in effect between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on the nights and early mornings hours of December 24-25 and December 31-January 1.

Patrons boarding a Metro Bus, including the Metro Orange Line, or the Metro Red, Purple, Blue, Green or Gold rail lines during the hours designated will receive a free ride to their destination.

Metro is reminding the public that it is an option for people attending holiday parties so they don’t have to drive. Metro’s fleet of more than 2,200 buses, the Metro Orange Line, a dedicated bus transitway in the San Fernando Valley, and Metro Rail lines offer patrons alternatives to driving solo in their vehicles with convenient travel opportunities throughout the region.

The Metro Purple Line operates from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Wilshire/Western and the Metro Red Line from Union Station to North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley via Hollywood. The Metro Blue Line operates from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles; the Metro Green Line runs between Norwalk and El Segundo, and the Metro Gold Line operates between Pasadena and East Los Angeles.

For complete route and schedule information go to or call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876)

Categories: Events, Metro Lifestyle

4 replies

  1. @Amy
    I think metro owl service does have some all-night routes if im not mistaken, but i have not takes an extensive look at whether those routes hit useful destinations or not. I do think free holiday service is great Idea for encouraging the use of transit and safer roads for such holidays, but hopefully metro will consider running its rail lines later than midnight, it would be yet another small step in boosting ridership at minimal cost.

  2. This is a step in the right direction, and a lot of other transit systems around the world do this too, to try to cut down on drunk driving.

    Having said that: in LA this would be a lot more effective if the trains and buses actually ran late enough to pick up partygoers. Outside of a few areas, the pumpkin coach stops between 10 and 12, at night, which is pretty useless to anyone trying to ring in the New Year.