Here’s the news release:
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 2,000 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 metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).
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I agree with ‘busrider’, the 2 big days with free rides should be normal ‘full’ schedule.
Second the time frame for free rides should be 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. (maybe as early as 6:00 p.m.
I wish Metro would operate buses and trains on the Monday-Friday schedules during Christmas and New Years weekends. Most weekend and holiday bus routes run in 20 minutes or more frequencies (or some don’t even run at all), and that is a major turnoff to people who want to take Metro to their parties and such.
Not true Jason. I’m a car owner that uses Metro for this very reason on weekend evenings. As a Dodgers season ticket holder, I ride the Red Line on average of 2 to 3 days per week for this alone, and often for other nighttime activities. I’m statistically less likely to be in a car accident because of this, and that gives me peace of mind (and saves the environment too).
As a role model, Metro should throw a “Board of Directors + Employees Party” in new year’s eve until 1:59am, and require all of them to use Metro only to get home.
IMHO, folks who must rely on Metro mostly are already home before 9pm, and those who go partying mostly do not use Metro regardless of incentives.
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@Victor: The Orange Line is “a dedicated bus transitway”, i.e. it does not share the road with other vehicles. The Silver line is a specially designated route along non-dedicate infrastructure.
I don’t think Metro considers it a real “liner” service yet. The Silver Line needs to run every 15 minutes on the weekends and every 20 minutes until the close of service. Do that, and settle with Foothill Transit so they stop complaining about the lower fare, and the ridership will skyrocket.
Hey, what about the Silver Line? Why is the Silver Line always left out when discussing the Orange Line?