Free Metro bus on New Years Eve

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA. - NOV 30, 2012. MTA buses pick up commuters along Lankershim Boulevard at the North Hollywppd station where the Metro Red Line and MTA Orange Bus Line meet. Thousands of transit riders flood the area daily, making connections to the Los Angeles Basin and other parts of the San Fernando Valley. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / November 28, 2012)

Metro is offering free service on its buses and trains for New Year's Eve revelers looking for a sober late-night ride home.

The free service starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday and runs through 2 a.m. Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The effort is designed "with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and providing safe transportation for those staying out extra late," according to a post on Metro's blog, The Source.

Metro officials also said that on New Year's Day, buses and trains will be on Sunday or holiday schedules, except for the Gold Line. Regular fares will be in effect. 

Service on the Gold Line between Union Station and Pasadena is going to be increased because of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl game.

Meanwhile, several bus lines along the parade route will be detoured or split in two at Colorado Boulevard until the streets reopen.

-- Ari Bloomkatz, Los Angeles Times

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