The rides are on Metro this Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Celebrate the holidays at Grand Park, served by the Civic Center Station. Photo via Grand Park Official Facebook

In keeping with tradition, Metro will once more be offering free rides this Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to provide safe transportation and reduce holiday traffic congestion. No fare will be charged on all Metro Rail and Bus lines starting at 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24 until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25 and 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Buses and trains are running on their usual weekday schedule on today, Christmas Eve. Buses and trains will run on their Sunday/holiday schedules on Tuesday. Here are all of Metro’s schedules and route maps.

Metro Rail will operate all-night service on New Year’s Eve for those staying out extra late and to encourage easy travel to the Rose Parade inPasadena. However, free fares only apply until 2 a.m. Those traveling after 2 a.m. will need to TAP to ride.

Metro Rail and Metro Bus systems will operate on a Sunday schedule Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, both of which fall on a Tuesday this year.

15 replies

  1. Metro. You have a large student and worker ridership during both morning and evening rush periods on the SilverLine Btwn Dtwn and Sbay! Get a clue! Either add additional buses during those periods or quit having two or more buses sit while watching one bus fill to capacity. There should be a max rider limitation. There are supervisors riding around in Metro Cars observing this activity! Why don’t they instruct the sitting buses to back-up the filled buses? Again, Silverline riders pay a higher fare for better service. It makes little sense to see Silverline buses packed standing room only and observe Silver Streak double buses practically empty! We would gladly accept SilverStreak size buses on our line during the Rush Hours of each day!

  2. Metro. Why are you using older buses on the 450 Express between Dwtn and SBay? Passengers pay higher fares for better service! What happened to the Blue buses? The buses should be the newer buses that hold more passengers!Its unfair to pay higher fares for older standing room only bus rides!

  3. Why only 9pm to 2am? This excludes about everyone using buses and rails! Thanks for nothing Metro! Metro’s target is potential late nite riders and not the general ridership.

  4. It’s so great that Metro offers this. There is no excuse for anyone to be driving while intoxicated when they can take a bus, train or subway for free. I love the LA Metro system.

  5. Feedback from a regular Metro bus and rail user: The initiative to offer free rides Christmas eve and NYE is a good one. However, Metro should be more realistic of a person’s “celebration” schedule and duration of commute so that people can take advantage of the offer. For instance, if a person boards a bus/rail @ 9pm, they are likely to arrive as late as 10:30 (depending on destination). On their return trip, they would have to make plans to leave the celebration by 12:30 to get home on the free rides being offered. That’s not much of a celebration because of the limitations on the offer. Why not make it 7pm-4am?

    MOREOVER, METRO RAIL SERVICE SHOULD BE OFFERED 24 HOURS FRI-SUN. That should be a given if Metro staff “walked in the typical riders shoes” and could relate to the average commuter.

  6. Does anyone know how to find the Expo (or any Metro rail) line schedule for NYE? New Years Day has a Sunday schedule, but the 24 hour schedule for NYE is eluding me.

    • Hi Carlo,

      Trains will run every 20 minutes after 2 a.m. until the start of day service. The Gold Line will also run enhanced service the morning of New Year’s Day for those attending the Rose Parade/Rose Bowl Game.


      Anna Chen
      The Source, Contributor

  7. @TheDudeAbides I think they meant “The rides are on Metro” as in Metro is covering the charge. Like at a bar when someone says, “This one’s on me.”

    Good lookin’ out Metro! I’ll be out of town for the holidays, but thanks for making an effort to keep my fellow Angelenos safe!

  8. the title seems to be fine to me. “the rides are on metro…” as in metro is covering your bill.

  9. Well done Metro. You guys are making sharper decisions and upgrading our transportation options accordingly. It’s nice. The rail system should be 24 hours regularly, at least for weekends at 1-hour increments. The Dude Abides comment was insignificant and ignorant.

  10. You should fix your headline. The rides are “” …. should be The rides are free…..

    or is it the rides are double