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The under-used Union Station FlyAway is a year old this month and in honor of this momentous occasion, passengers using public transportation to get to Union Station will ride free. That’s right – free. (Although we’ll argue that the $6 roundtrip fare is still a steal for downtown residents commuting to the airport.) Take any Metro bus, rail line, subway, taxi or shuttle to Union Station, present your ticket stub or receipt at the FlyAway ticket kiosk, and you’ll ride free through March 31st.

Why would you take the FlyAway when you could drive to the airport instead? Um, well, let’s see: there’s the traffic, the driving, the expense of airport parking and, oh right, the whole polluting the air with more cars on the freeway thingy. Cabs to the airport run at least $40. Shared shuttles may be cheaper and better for the environment, but we all know the exquisite pain it is to wait while every passenger gets dropped off before you and you’re trapped while taking a tour of LA’s neighborhoods en route to your own.

FlyAway shuttles leave Union Station every half hour from 5am to 1am (every hour in the wee 1am to 5am morning hours) and tend to make the trip to LAX in a half hour – even in the worst traffic. If you haven’t taken the FlyAway yet, this is your chance. Take a free ride to the airport and cut down on emissions while you sit back and let someone else do the driving.

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