We are just days from the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl Game on Monday, Jan. 1. With huge crowds expected for both events – along with limited, expensive parking and tough traffic — it’s easy to instead Go Metro to Pasadena for the parade and and the game.
How to get to the Rose Parade?
The 135th Rose Parade begins 8 a.m. Monday and we’re running extra service to help everyone get to and from Pasadena:
- Metro will offer free service on all bus and rail lines on New Year’s Eve – from 9 pm Sunday until 2am Monday to help everyone travel safely.
- We’re also running rail service all night long on New Year’s Eve on all our rail lines – the A, B, C, D, E and K Lines.
- Metro will add capacity and additional early morning trains on the A Line early Monday morning to help everyone heading to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. A and E Line trains will run every 15 minutes Monday morning before the parade.
The A Line stations with the best access to the Rose Parade route are:
- Del Mar Station (walk .3 miles north to the parade route on Colorado Blvd. or .75 miles to the start of the parade on Orange Grove)
- Memorial Park Station (walk .2 miles south to the parade route on Colorado Blvd.)
- Lake Station (walk .4 miles south to parade route on Colorado Blvd.)
- Allen Station (walk .4 miles south to parade route on Colorado Blvd.)
- Sierra Madre Villa (walk .7 miles west to the end of the parade route on Sierra Madre Blvd)
There is parking available at many Metro Rail stations across our system – some are paid lots, others are free – as well as street parking near many stations. For more information click here.
- After the parade, floats are displayed near Victory Park in Pasadena. On Jan. 1, shuttle service from Metro A Line Sierra Madre Villa Station to the post parade viewing area will run from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- On Jan. 2, shuttle service from Sierra Madre Villa station to view the floats at Victory Park will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Regular fares will apply with free transfers available to/from other bus services when using a TAP card.
Metrolink is also offering special early morning trains to help riders reach the parade on their Antelope Valley, San Bernardino, Orange County, Ventura County and 91 Perris Valley lines that will depart earlier to accommodate passengers going to the Rose Parade. After arriving at Union Station, Metrolink riders should transfer to the Metro A Line. Your Metrolink ticket is good for free rides on Metro.
And this: fares to ride Metrolink to the Rose Parade are just $10. The $10 Holiday Pass will be offered in the Metrolink app and at ticket machines found under the “Special Event Tickets” option.
How to get to the Rose Bowl Game?
The 110th Rose Bowl Game starts at 2 pm Monday and features No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama.
Rose Bowl Stadium gates will open at 11:00 a.m. for pre-game activities. Traffic is terrible and parking around the Rose Bowl is difficult. Another option is to take the A Line to Memorial Park Station in Pasadena and then walk to the free shuttle bus operated by the Rose Bowl that will take you to the stadium and back.
The shuttle buses load on Corson Street between Walnut Street and Fair Oaks Avenue – about a .4-mile walk from Memorial Park Station. The shuttles will run continuously from 10 a.m. until approximately two hours after the end of the game.
Need help planning your trip? Use Google or Apple maps, the Transit app or Moovit app or visit metro.net/trip-planner. Call 323.GO.METRO to reach our Customer Information Center that will operate from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 31. It will be closed on January 1.
Metro’s regular fares are $1.75 for a one-way trip with free transfers for two hours — or $3.50 round-trip. You can also ride an unlimited number of times in a day for $5 — we’ll stop charging you after your third ride.
Pay for fares with a TAP card (available from TAP machines at all rail and busway stations) or use your smartphone as a TAP card by downloading the TAP app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
More fare information can be found here.
To reach Metro security, call 888.950.SAFE (7233) or use the free Transit Watch app to text security. If it’s an emergency, call 911.
As usual, buses in the Pasadena area will be detoured for the parade. Detours are in effect from 3 p.m. Dec. 1 through 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1. Here are the detours:
Eastbound: regular route to Colorado Blvd. and Melrose Ave. then continue via Colorado Blvd, San Rafael Ave, Fair Oaks Ave. Corson St., Fair Oaks Ave, Walnut St., Hill Ave, Corson St., Allen Ave., Walnut to layover on Hill.
Westbound: Walnut Ave, Fair Oaks Ave., Maple St., 134/210 freeway, San Rafael Ave. San Rafael Ave., Colorado Blvd, resume regular route.
Northbound: Regular route to Fair Oaks Ave. and Del Mar Ave, Fair Oaks Ave,. Dayton St., Raymond Ave.
Southbound: Raymond Ave., Del Mar Blvd., Fair Oaks Ave. and regular route.
Northbound: Regular route to Del Mar Blvd. and Los Robles Ave. then Del Mar Blvd., Fair Oaks Ave., Dayton St., Raymond Ave.
Southbound: Depart temporary layover zone via Raymond Ave., Del Mar Blvd, Los Robles, regular route.
Eastbound: Regular route to San Gabriel Blvd. and Del Mar Blvd. then R- Del Mar Blvd, Rosemead Blvd., Foothill Blvd., Halstead St., Sierra Madre Villa Station.
Westbound: Depart Station via Sierra Madre Villa Ave., Foothill Blvd., Rosemead Blvd. Del Mar Blvd., San Gabriel Blvd. and regular route.
Eastbound: Regular route to Walnut St. and Raymond Ave. then continue via Raymond Ave. to temporary layover zone north of Holly St.
Westbound: Depart temporary layover zone via Raymond Ave., Holly St., Fair Oaks Ave., Walnut St. and regular route.
Northbound: Depart temporary Layover via Raymond Ave. to Walnut St., Fair Oaks Ave. and regular route.
Southbound: Regular route to Fair Oaks Ave. and Walnut St. continue via Fair Oaks Ave. to Holly St., Raymond Ave. to temporary layover between Holly St, and Walnut St.
Northbound: Regular route to Fair Oaks Ave. and Pico St. continue via Fair Oaks Ave California Blvd., Pasadena Ave., 134 freeway, 210 freeway, Corson Stt, Fair Oaks and regular route.
Southbound: Regular route to Fair Oaks Ave. and Holly St. then Holly, 210 freeway, Del, Fair Oaks and regular route.
Northbound: Regular route to Los Robles Ave. and Corson St. continue via Los Robles Ave, Walnut St., Lake Ave. and regular route.
Southbound: Regular route to Lake Ave. and Walnut St., Walnut St., Los Robles Ave., regular route.
No service on Line 662 south of Colorado Blvd.
Northbound: Depart temporary layover zone via Raymond Ave., Holly St., Fair Oaks Ave, Walnut St., Allen Ave. and regular route.
Southbound: Regular route to Allen Ave. and Villa St. then continue via Allen Ave., Walnut St., Raymond Ave. to temporary layover zone north of Holly St.
No service on Line 686 south of Colorado Blvd.
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