Many bus, rail lines free for 405 shutdown

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Sepulveda Pass of I-405 at night, no traffic.

Los Angeles County Metro will offer free rides on 26 bus lines — along with its previously advertised free rides on the Purple, Red and Orange lines — when the 405 freeway is shut down on July 16 and 17.

Metro spokesman Dave Sotero says the agency’s pulling out all the stops to keep people out of their cars along that stretch for the much-dreaded shutdown.

"We’ve gotta provide as much incentive as we can on our bus lines that operate on major west side and San Fernando Valley streets because those are gonna be the most affected by the closure area, and also ones that connect with transit hubs," he said.

Agency officials hope free rides on 26 more bus routes will offer another layer of relief from what many Southland observers have labeled “Carmageddon.” Metro spokesman Dave Sotero says the affected bus lines run across — or close enough to — the stretch of the 405 between the 10 and the 101 that’ll close to traffic that weekend.

The bus lines offering free fares July 16 and 17 include buses that run along Wilshire, Sunset and Venice Boulevards and some buses that run in Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Chatsworth, and Northridge. See the full list here.

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