Have a very happy (and sustainable) Earth Day, with events and FREE RIDES!

Earth Day is just around the corner – a very big day for us. While providing greener travel solutions for riders is on our minds all year long, this is a special time to look back and take stock of our progress toward creating a healthier tomorrow. And you, as a Metro rider, play a big part in that.  

We all know that using transit is good for the planet because it gets cars off the road and reduces our carbon footprint. In 2022, our transit service displaced 468,135 metric tons of GHG emissions across the region. That’s the equivalent to taking over 100,000 gasoline powered cars off the road for a year! 

Meanwhile, our fleet is also getting greener and cleaner. Since 2022, we have had at least 40 electric buses in service, and an additional 100 have already started to be delivered. Our goal is to convert our entire bus fleet to a zero-emissions fleet well ahead of the State deadline of 2040. In the meantime, we have been using renewable natural gas for the rest of our buses, increasing the amount of renewable energy mix that run our trains and power our facilities, and have begun to use renewable diesel in our construction projects. 

We’ve also taken big steps to make our operations more sustainable. We have initiated a sustainable acquisition program designed to reduce the climate impacts of procured goods and services. More than a dozen of our buildings and projects have already attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or Envision certification, with more are on the way.  

Climate change affects all of us – but some communities have suffered the impacts disproportionately, especially those inhabited by people of color here in LA County. That’s why we have partnered with KBLA on a year-long climate justice campaign to increase climate health literacy. You can listen to some of our recent work here 

So, as a nod to our ongoing progress, and to thank you for going Metro, we are offering FREE rides this Earth Day, April 22. That includes all buses, trains, bike share, and Metro Micro. Here are the details:  

  • At train stations the turnstiles will be unlocked and on buses the fare boxes covered. 
  • Bicycle riders can redeem a free 30-minute bike share ride by selecting 1-Ride at any Metro Bike Share kiosk, online or in the Metro Bike Share app. Just enter the promo code 042224 to redeem your free ride (this code can be redeemed multiple times throughout the day). Electric Metro Bike unlocking fees are waived. 
  • Metro Micro riders can redeem free rides on Metro’s on-demand rideshare service by using the Metro Micro app or browser and entering the code EarthDay24. The promo code will be available during regular operating hours for Metro’s Call Center (323-GoMetro or 323-466-3876). Call Center operating hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

But wait! There’s more! Here are a few other ways you can celebrate with us this weekend: 

  • April 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m: Volunteer with KBLA and help Clean Up Compton! The first 50 listeners who sign-on to join us as volunteers will receive a free KBLA t-shirt when you show up Saturday morning, 212 W. Cypress Street.  
  • April 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m: Join Director Janice Hahn at the Los Angeles County Earth Day celebration at Don Knabe Community Regional Park, 19700 Bloomfield Ave in Cerritos. There will be food, displays, a raffle and more!  
  • April 20-21: Check out our booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend, where we’ll be selling a very limited supply of our first-ever bamboo TAP cards, a collaboration with global technology leader, IDEMIA. The TAP cards cost $2 each and can be loaded with fares by using the TAP mobile app or at Metro ticket vending machines. Just tap the card on the ticketing pad –– the card should not be inserted into the machine! Get the full schedule here 
  • April 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us at the next Ciclavia event on Venice Boulevard between Venice Beach and National Boulevard. Bring your whole family! 

We hope to see you there!  

Categories: Transportation News

6 replies

  1. Please, please don’t offer free rides again. Fare enforcement is one of the few things keeping us riders safe from violent people.

    Justice for Mirna!! Never do this again and FULLY enforce fares to prevent another tragic death like Mirna on the system.

  2. I’ve been looking for that card everywhere… Festival of books and ciclavia were out… It’s nuts

  3. Another rider is murdered today and METRO wishes everyone a Happy Earth Day. Metro security is non-existant.

    Riders need visible security in each station like in NYC. The Metro security app/phone line does nothing.

    The second largest city in the US can’t provide a secure transit system with BILLIONS in funding.

  4. Why all this talk about getting cars off the road when Metro keeps expanding car capacity on LA Freeways? Metro’s own studies show that Metro freeway expansion will more than offset any climate gain from Metro transit. How about for Earth Day Metro commit to mitigating the climate harms from Metro freeway widening?

    • I love your passion against freeway widening, Joe. But the elite activist push against fare enforcement on Metro, which is enshrined in your Streetsblog editorial position, is dangerous.

      Mirna would still be alive today if total enforcement against non-paying riders, such as what’s been attempted at MacArchur Park Station, were fully implemented on the B Line that day. Please show some passion for security and cleanliness as well as against freeway expansion. It could save some lives. <3