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Go Gratis: Metro Offering Free Subway Rides During The 405 Blackout

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In an effort to ease congestion and as a token* of goodwill during July's upcoming 405 Freeway Fubar, Metro is offering free subway rides to help residents move about the region during the 53-hour shut down, Metro officials announced.

Additionally, increased rail service is planned for all lines, and on the Orange Line busway for the weekend of July 15-17. An increase in bus presence will also be in effect on Ventura Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. Note, regular fares will apply on other rail lines and Metro buses. Only the subway will be free.

The Red Line subway offers a vital link between North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley and downtown Los Angeles. Subway passengers can transfer from Red Line subway stations to bus service on major east-west streets to reach the Westside.

Plan ahead. Here are some detour maps. A public advisory news conference will take place Monday morning.

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*Transit pun=10 points