Santa promotes Metro safety at the free rides announcement on Thursday.
Partying Angelenos can enjoy a gift from Los Angeles County this holiday season: free public transportation for all. Metro is offering free rides from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Law enforcement officials say Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are the two worst nights for drinking and driving accidents. This year, authorities hope to reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths with free public transportation on those two nights.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Sheriff Lee Baca, Metro CEO Art Leahy and Santa Claus Thursday morning at Union Station to promote free rides on Metro buses and trains for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The free rides will be offered in an effort to encourage holiday safety and discourage holiday DUIs. Villaraigosa and Sheriff Lee Baca reminded transit riders if they “see something, say something” regarding suspicious activity in the transit system.
The free rides will apply to all L.A. Metro buses and trains, including the
Red, Purple, Blue, Gold and Green subway and light rail lines. The free pass does not apply to Metrolink commuter rail trains — that’s a different system. Public transit agencies in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties don’t offer free rides on Christmas Eve, but look for them on the RTA and OCTA systems after 6 in the evening on New Year's Eve.