The 2011 Tournament of Roses Queen® and members of the Royal Court visited the Metro Gold Line in the Little Tokyo/Arts District today to encourage the public to utilize Metro Rail to attend the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® as well as all New Year’s celebrations and Rosebowl Game® Presented by VIZIO in Pasadena.
With high gasoline prices, congestion and local parking problems associated with recent rains, riding Metro to parade events remains one of the easiest ways to travel for local and out-of-town visitors alike.
Metro will provide 24-hour service on Metro Rail and the Metro Orange Line Dec. 31 in order to accommodate patrons throughout L.A. County who want to attend the Pasadena festivities.
Metro also will be providing free rides Dec. 31 on all Metro bus and rail lines from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 1. After 2 a.m., regular fares go into effect. Those attending parade festivities after 2 a.m. New Year’s Day can purchase a $1.50 one-way fare if only riding the Metro Gold Line or a $6Metro Day Pass if riding more than one line. The Day Pass allows for unlimited Metro System rides that day. Patrons can purchase their ticket at their initial boarding station.
In addition to the overnight service, Metro will run additional trains and more frequent service on the Metro Gold Line to accommodate the large numbers of anticipated riders beginning at 5 a.m. and continuing through 9 p.m., with trains running as frequently as every seven to eight minutes to and from Pasadena.
“Every year Metro performs a great public service by providing fast, frequent, all-night train service to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses,” said Rose Queen Evanne Elizabeth Friedmann. “This year’s parade will be sure to build your dreams, friendships and memories, especially if you Go Metro.”
The 122nd Rose Parade will begin Saturday, Jan. 1. at 8 a.m. Parade goers can access any of four Pasadena train stations close to the Parade route on Colorado Boulevard. Memorial Park and Del Mar stations are about two blocks from the Parade route; the Lake and Allen stations are approximately four blocks from the Parade route.
Parking is available at several Metro Gold Line Stations, including Sierra Madre Villa, Del Mar, Fillmore, Mission, Heritage Square/Arroyo, Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park, Union Station, Indiana and Atlantic. Additional parking is available at stations servicing other countywide rail lines as well. Visit metro.net for a list of additional park & ride lots on the Metro System.
Rose Bowl officials are highly recommending that those attending the 97th Rose Bowl Game® Presented by VIZIO following the parade utilize the Metro Rail System or carpool, as availability of parking is extremely limited in several nearby parking areas due to excessive rains and flooding. Football fans using Metro Rail should travel to the Metro Gold Line Station at Memorial Park. Upon arrival at the station, they should then walk three blocks west on Holly Street to the Parsons Corporation complex to catch the free Rose Bowl Game shuttle bus, with service starting at 10 a.m. The boarding location is on Pasadena Avenue, north of Union Street. Buses will leave continually through the game’s kick-off and first quarter. Officials have increased the number of buses to be used in shuttle service this year, allowing for faster travel times to and from the Rose Bowl buses.
Metro is also teaming up with the Tournament of Roses to provide easy access to view the Rose Parade floats after the parade. Take the Metro Gold Line to the Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena. Then board a shuttle bus from the Bus Plaza on the first level of the parking structure that provides direct service to Victory Park, where the floats will be displayed Jan. 1-2. Shuttles will depart from Sierra Madre Villa Station until approximately 3 p.m. each day. Return service to Sierra Madre Villa will continue to 5:30 p.m. Shuttle hours of operation are 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 1, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 2. On Jan. 2 from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m., only seniors and disabled will be allowed into the viewing area.
During the hours of operation the shuttle buses will pick up every five to ten minutes from the station. Regular fares will apply.
Metro does not allow eating, drinking or smoking on board Metro trains or buses. To ensure public safety, Metro prohibits flammable products, barbecues and oversized items such as ladders, umbrellas, tents, chairs and coolers from being brought on board the Metro Bus or Rail system. For additional information, visit metro.net.
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