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Update on All Night Trains for New Year's Eve

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As reported earlier this week, on New Year's Eve, there will be all night Metro rail service. As one commenter pointed out, the news was actually broken in a press release where it was buried with not much detail given:

“The Tournament of Roses parade and game is the biggest venue for Metro Gold Line service all year, with upwards of 60,000 train boardings on a single day,” said Pam O’Connor, Santa Monica City Council member and Metro Board Chair. “Metro is meeting that demand this year with quality, all-night train service and free rides from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. that day to ensure the public enjoys these wonderful New Year’s festivities.”

After a few e-mails of readers who were still weary of the claim (even ourselves a bit), we had conversation with Metro just to make sure.

  • Yes, trains (red, purple, blue, green, gold) will run all night.
  • Rides will be free from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Once it's 2:01 a.m., you've got to start paying.
  • Once off the printed schedule, trains will run every 20 minutes.
  • Fixed transitways that are not rail, mainly the Orange Line, will not have all night service.
  • None of this has to do with New Year's Eve, rather, it's all about the Tournament of Roses parade. That is to say... in the name of tourism!
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