February 23, 2024 3:23 pm

Free Metro Bus and Rail Rides Offered for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Celebrations

Los Angeles County residents and visitors can enjoy complimentary bus and rail transportation services on both Sundays and New Year’s Eve, as announced by Metro officials.

To ensure the safety of riders during the holidays, Metro will extend its service to 24 hours, allowing commuters to travel home safely. No fares will be collected from 9 p.m. on Sunday through 2 a.m. on Monday. Similarly, on the following weekend, fares will not be collected from 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, through 2 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1.

During these periods, all rail stations with fare gates will be unlatched, and fare boxes and validators will not deduct fares from TAP cards and fare media.

On Christmas Eve, there will be overnight or enhanced rail service until approximately 2 a.m. from downtown L.A., and continuous rail service from New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day on all rail lines (A, B, C, D, E, and K), with the usual 24-hour overnight OWL bus services also in operation.

On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, Metro will run Sunday/holiday bus and rail service schedules. In anticipation of the Rose Parade and events at the Rose Bowl, Metro will increase capacity and add additional early morning trains on the A Line on Monday, Jan. 1.

The A, C, and E light rail lines will run on a new 10-minute service during the day, with the K line running every 20 minutes. The B/D Line subway will maintain its usual 12-minute daytime service.

Following the parade, shuttle service from Sierra Madre Villa Station to the post-parade viewing area will run from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Jan. 2, shuttle service from Sierra Madre Villa Station to view the floats at Victory Park will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Regular fares apply, with free transfers available to/from other bus services when using a TAP card.

Metrolink has also announced a modified schedule with special trains for Rose Parade attendees on New Year’s Day. Early-morning trains on five Metrolink lines will connect passengers to L.A. Union Station, where the Metro A Line offers direct service to the parade route. Additional afternoon Metrolink trains have been added for more convenient return service.

Metrolink is offering a $10 Holiday Pass, allowing unlimited trips on the day of purchase and free transfers to the Metro A Line (to Azusa) for easy access to Pasadena before and after the parade.

For more information on Metrolink’s Jan. 1 schedule, visit metrolinktrains.com/rose-parade.

Metro Bike Share is offering free rides from Dec. 24, 2023, to Jan. 1, 2024. To redeem a 30-minute free ride, select “1-Ride” at any Metro Bike Share kiosk, online, or in the Metro Bike Share app, using promo code 010124. Electric Metro Bike unlocking fees are waived, and temporary credit card holds and Smart Metro Bike convenience fees will apply.

For Metro Micro, use codes “Merry23” on Dec. 24 and “Ring24” on Dec. 31.