Let Metro do the driving this St. Patrick’s Day


You’re in luck! Metro bus and rail are close by many St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Photo by radellaf via Flickr/CC

St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, Mar. 17, and though four leaf clovers will surely abound, we’d like to gently remind you… don’t leave your trip home up to luck!

If you’re planning on downing any libations (green or otherwise) next week in celebration, let Metro be your designated driver. Plenty of St. Paddy’s festivities are transit-accessible.

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, for example, is steps away from 7th Street/Metro Center or Pershing Square Station. There’s also a party happening at The Bungalow in Santa Monica, right next to the Metro Rapid 720 stop at Wilshire/Ocean Avenue (reservations are recommended). If MidCity is closer to home, Tom Bergins is throwing an indoor-outdoor bash easily reachable via the Rapid 780 or 217 at Fairfax/Olympic.

Two fun, family-oriented St. Paddy’s celebrations will take place at Pershing Square and One Colorado (close by the Gold Line Memorial Park Station).

Metro buses and rail will run regularly scheduled weekday service on Tuesday, March 17. Maintenance work in the evening has been cancelled in anticipation of increased ridership on all rail lines except the Metro Blue Line, where we continue to perform upgrades work at Compton Station. Last trains generally leave around midnight, or earlier if you need to connect to other lines. Check Metro’s timetables for exact bus and train schedules and maps. You can plan your trip using either the planner at top right of the page on metro.net or Google Transit.

We’ll end this post where we started, with additional safety tips for those smart lads and lassies Going Metro to St. Patrick’s Day events. Please:

  • Remain behind the yellow line at all train stations.
  • DON’T RUN to catch your bus or train.
  • Load round-trip fare in advance, like a transit pro, to avoid waiting in line at the TAP vending machines on your return trip.
  • Each customer must have their own TAP card.
  • Be safe, have fun! And thank you for Going Metro.