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WeHo To Offer Free Shuttle To Hollywood/Highland Metro Station

West Hollywood's CityLine (Photo by Jonathan Riley via the Creative Commons)
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West Hollywood doesn't have a Metro station yet (but wants one!), so in the meantime they'll begin offering free rides to the nearest Red Line station.On Monday, the city will begin offering free rides on their new CityLineX minibuses, which run along Santa Monica Boulevard and will take riders to Metro's Hollywood/Highland station. CityLineX will operate on weekdays during the rush hour commutes, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

"The City of West Hollywood is always looking for innovative ways to provide transportation alternatives that give people an opportunity to move around without cars," said Mayor Lindsey Horvath in a statement. "CitylineX will provide a more direct link between West Hollywood and Metro Red Line service at Hollywood and Highland, and this will improve regional connectivity."

Eastbound shuttles depart from the West Hollywood Library at 625 North San Vicente Blvd., while westbound shuttles will pick passengers up on the west side of Highland Avenue, south of Hollywood Boulevard. Buses will run every 15 to 20 minutes.

Next week, the city will be hosting "pop-ups" along Santa Monica Boulevard to promote the new line, giving away free coffee mugs, umbrellas, and breakfast burritos (!) in the morning. An official "tacos and transit" launch party will be on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the West Hollywood library at 5 p.m.

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CityLineX is a part of West Hollywood's free CityLine shuttle, which offers transit around the 1.9-square-mile city. The line will run as a six-month pilot program through June, after which the city will evaluate the program.

In 2013, the city launched The PickUp, a party-flavored trolley that runs Friday and Saturday nights until 3 a.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard.