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 Eve, Dec. 24: Metro Bus and Rail will run a regular Saturday schedule with enhanced game day service on certain lines for the Rams vs 49s game, which begins at 1:25 p.m. Rides will be free on the night of Christmas Eve from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Customers who board during designated hours will receive a free ride to their destination, whether it be to that last minute holiday party or home to the family.
- 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 service. Free 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.
- Also 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.
- On New Year’s Day, Jan. 1: Metro will operate on Sunday/Holiday schedule with enhanced game day service on certain lines for the Rams vs Cardinals game at 1:25 p.m.. If you’re planning on taking the Expo Line to the Lakers vs. Raptors game at Staples Center that evening, keep in mind parking at Expo Line lots will be difficult to find until the Rams game ends.
- On New Year’s Day Observed, Jan. 2: Metro will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule with enhanced Metro Rail service for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena. The Gold Line will start Pasadena-bound service at 3 a.m. and will be the best way to get to the Pasadena events as numerous Metro bus lines along the Rose Parade route will be detoured or split into two segments at Colorado Boulevard until streets are reopened. There are multiple stations that serve the parade route in Pasadena, including Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake and Allen. Use Memorial Park Station to access the free bus shuttles from the Parsons parking lot to the Rose Bowl. Consider going Metro to the Clippers vs. Suns game; use the Blue/Expo Line Pico Station for Staples Center. As a reminder, you can save time and avoid lines by loading $3.50 roundtrip fare in stored value on your way in.
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.
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[…] Saturday 12/24 through Sunday 1/1/2017 – Metro Bike Share is offering a special deal where walk-up bike-share users pay just $1 per 30-minute ride. Enter the promo code 112017 to receive the discount. Details, and plenty of information on holiday transit schedules, at The Source. […]
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.