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Metro to offer free rides, overnight service for New Years and Rose Parade

The 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena
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The 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena

In Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Transit Authority will offer free rides on its buses and trains beginning at 9:00 PM on New Year’s Eve and lasting until 2:00 AM New Year’s Day.

The free pass includes rides on the Red, Purple, Blue, Gold and Green subway and light rail lines. Trains will run every 20 minutes for 24 hours from December 31st to January 1st and from January 1st to January 2nd.

Revelers in Orange County can also hitch a free ride, compliments of the Orange County Transporation Authority. Beginning at 6:00 PM on New Year’s Eve and lasting until 2:30 AM on New Year’s Day, the agency is offering free rides on all its buses.

For those planning on taking in Monday’s Rose Parade or Rose Bowl game, you’re also in luck: Metro is offering expanded overnight and early morning service on Sunday and Monday in hopes of encouraging people to avoid the traffic and parking crunch in Pasadena.

To help make that happen, Metro will run trains every seven to eight minutes on the Gold Line to Pasadena, beginning at 5:00 AM Monday morning.

Those attending the Rose Bowl game are urged to take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station where shuttles will pick up fans beginning at 10:00 AM.

The Rose Parade begins at 8:00 AM on Monday morning, followed by the Rose Bowl Game at 2:00 PM.