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Metro to Launch "Major Expansion" of Night Service on Rail Lines

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One of Angelenos' biggest grumbles about taking public transit at night is that service is limited, both in frequency and how late the service runs. Now Metro says they are about to launch what they're calling a "major expansion" of night service on their rail lines. So what kinds of big changes can we expect?

Well, for starters, they're calling it: "More Trains More Often." They should add: "But Not Any Later." Sigh.

Okay, it's still a big win, though. The plan, says Blogdowtown, is for Metro to "run trains on the Red, Purple and Blue lines every 10 minutes until midnight." That's a huge boon to anyone who has ever had to sit and wait for 20 or more minutes to pick up a subway late at night, after a dinner out, a few drinks at a station-handy bar, or at one of the many sporting and entertainment venues near rail stops.

Speaking of those venues, several are expected to announce they "will be offering Metro riders discounts as a fu[r]ther incentive for taking public transit on top of the savings they will enjoy by not driving and having to pay for gas and parking fees," according to Metro in a media release about the pending launch.

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Metro has scheduled a press conference to be attended by Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa and others for Monday, November 7 at the Music Center. We hear it will be about week after that when the expanded service kicks in.