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After passing out of the transportation committee last week, the motion to extend Metro Red Line service to 3:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights from November 1st to January 3rd will be considered by City Council today. Because Metro doesn't have the funding for the expanded service, the "service would be supported in part by private sponsorhips," the motion states.

If passed, the city will also convene a task force with the affected council disticts, the city's transportation department and the business community to create a marketing campaign. Many people are excited for this so see what happens later today. The full motion text is below:

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TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE REPORT relative to a pilot program to extend the operation hours of the Red Line between North Hollywood and Downtown during the holiday season. Recommendations for Council action, pursuant to Motion (Huizar - Greuel - et al):

1. REQUEST the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to consider a pilot program for the extension of operation hours of the Red Line between North Hollywood and Downtown through 3:00 am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during the holiday season, November 1 through January 3, 2008. The cost of expanded service would be supported in part by private sponsorships.

2. CONVENE a task force with affected Council Districts, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Metro, and other departments and agencies as necessary, along with the business community, to design a creative and immediate marketing campaign to support this public-private effort and increase awareness of the benefits and availability of special extended holiday Metro Red Line service hours.