How to ride the Metro for free on New Year's Eve




LOS ANGELES >> Metro will offer free fares on its rail and bus lines Saturday night for New Year’s Eve.

The fare gates at all Metro Rail stations will be unlatched at 9 p.m. and remain open until 2 a.m. New Year’s Day. After 2 a.m., customers will need a TAP card to ride.

Metro rail lines and the Orange and Silver bus lines will offer 24-hour service overnight.

Riders planning on going to the New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Los Angeles at Grand Park and using the Red or Purple lines to get there should get off at the Civic Center/Grand Park station and use the First Street exit; the Temple Street exit will be reserved for families with strollers and customers with disabilities.

Riders who present a TAP card at any Grand Park info booth will receive a free glow stick, according to Metro.

For those in the Long Beach area, the downtown Long Beach Station will be closed from 7 p.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday due to New Year’s Eve celebrations on Pine Avenue.

The following Blue Line service changes will also be in effect: Trains will run every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to close of service. The last complete northbound trips to downtown Los Angeles will depart Long Beach at 5:40 p.m., 5:53 p.m., 6:08 p.m., 6:23 p.m. and 6:38 p.m. The last complete southbound trips to Long Beach leave downtown L.A. at 4:58 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 5:22 p.m., 5:34 p.m. and 5:46 p.m.

Metro will also operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule on New Year’s Day with extra game day service for the…

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