Here’s what you need to know about going Metro in DTLA on May Day

Major marches and rallies are expected to take place around DTLA on May Day, May 1. Streets will be closing and opening as events take place and traffic may not return to normal until late in the day, so your best bet to get to where you need to be on time is to take Metro Rail.

Here’s a rundown of Metro Rail service on May 1:

  • Red Line trains will run every six minutes throughout the day with longer, 6-car trains
  • Blue and Expo Lines will run every 6 minutes throughout the day
  • Gold Line will run every 7 minutes throughout the day
  • Green Line will run every 10 minutes throughout the day
  • Purple Line trains will run every 12 minutes throughout the day

Metro will have extra security and staff at various stations to assist with crowd control.

In order to ride Metro Rail, you must have a TAP card loaded with the appropriate fare. Every rider needs their own TAP card. The cards cost $1. We recommend putting at least $3.50 in stored value on the card, which is enough for a roundtrip ride (a one-way trip is $1.75 and includes two hours of free transfers).

How to get a TAP card? 

  • There are TAP card vending machines in every Metro Rail station, all Orange Line busway stations and El Monte Station. They accept cash, debit cards and credit cards. Fares purchased can be used immediately.
  • You can buy one online at or by calling 866-827-8646. Please allow seven to 10 business days for delivery.
  • Visit a TAP vendor — there are about 400 around L.A. County. Find a location near you.
  • Visit a Metro Customer Service Center. Find a location near you.

Bus detours will be changing throughout the day and delays are expected for the lines that pass through central DTLA. To check if your bus will be detouring, visit our Service Advisories page. You’ll also be able to find real-time information regarding changes in detours throughout the day on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts.