Your guide to going Metro during Christmas and New Year’s 2016

Photo via Reddit user

Don’t be this guy. Celebrate the end of the year responsibly. Photo via Reddit user davidwalace

For better or for worse, 2016 is nearly over and all the year-end holidays and events are quickly approaching, so here’s the quick rundown of service for Christmas and New Year’s Day. Because Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday this year, the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game will take place on Monday, Jan. 2.

  • From Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 through New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2017: walk-up users can enjoy Metro Bike for just $1 per 30-minute ride. Use your credit or debit card to check out a bike at any of the bike share stations around DTLA and enter the promo code 112017 to receive the discount.
  • On Christmas Day, Dec. 25: Metro Bus and Rail will run on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. Consider going Metro to the Clippers vs. Lakers game at 7:30 p.m.; use the Blue/Expo Line’s Pico Station for Staples Center.
  • On Christmas Day Observed, Dec. 26: Metro Bus and Rail will run on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. This means bus lines that do not operate on Sundays will not run on Monday.
  • On New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31: Metro Bus and Rail will operate on a regular Saturday schedule with overnight, 24-hour service on all Metro Rail lines, the Orange and Silver Line in addition to late-night owl bus serviceFree fares will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. After 2 a.m. please TAP to ride. Metro Rail and the Orange Line will run every 20 minutes from approximately 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The Silver Line will run every 60 minutes from midnight to 4 a.m. Consider going Metro to the Kings vs Sharks game that evening; use the Blue/Expo Line Pico Station for Staples Center.
  • If you’re planning to attend NYELA at Grand Park, the easiest way to avoid traffic and street closures is to hop on the Metro Red or Purple Line subway to Civic Center/Grand Park Station. Use the Temple Street exit, as the 1st Street exit will be reserved only for customers with disabilities and families with strollers until just after midnight. Show your TAP card at any Grand Park info booth and receive a free glow wand.
  • j92adwAlso note that from 7 p.m. Dec. 31, thru 3 a.m. Jan. 1, Downtown Long Beach Station will be closed due to a New Year’s Eve celebration on Pine Avenue. The Blue Line will operate modified service during this time. Exact details of operations will be posted closer to the day of the event.

One last reminder: free fares will only apply until 2 a.m. Fare gates will be unlatched between 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and anyone who accidentally taps their card will NOT be charged. Those boarding buses and trains after 2 a.m. need to TAP to ride. One-way fare is $1.75 with two hours of free transfers. If you purchase a Metro Day Pass, it is valid until 3 a.m. the following day. Bottom line: Going Metro is cheaper than parking and both safer to you and others, not to mention being far less expensive than a DUI.

4 replies

  1. Metro’s free ride policy for everyone on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve is a slap in the face to those of us who buy 30 day passes. I don’t mind giving free rides to everyone, but the passes should be discounted by the cost of a couple of rides during that month.

    • Uhh, why?? I use the system more than 30 round trips a month which means I’m using the system WAY more than what I originally paid for, so if anything I’m slapping Metro in the face. Suffice to say what is a slap in the face to us is the fact that the free rides end at 2 am instead of 5 am how it used to be.

      • Yeah, it’s only ten hours of free fares, and Christmas Eve is one of the least ridden evenings of the year since everything shuts down before dinner. The 9 PM start time is kind of a bummer – I know many people at SMV last year who were waiting at the gates until they unlocked at 9 to ride for free, but you can’t give away everything.