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MTA offers New Year's Eve revelers free bus and train rides

December 29, 2009 | 11:27 am
New Year’s Eve revelers in L.A. County can ride any bus or commuter train for free that night, officials said today.

All buses and trains operating will be free between 9 p.m. Dec. 31 and 2 a.m. Jan. 1, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. After 2 a.m., regular fares go back into effect.

Most rail lines will operate every 20 minutes from Dec. 31 into Jan. 1, officials said. The Orange Line will operate all night.

On Jan. 1, the Gold Line will run additional trains from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. in anticipation of crowds for the 121st Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl game, officials said.

For those who want to view the floats after the parade is over, there will also be shuttles available – at their regular fares -- from the Sierra Madre Villa station of the Gold Line to the post-parade venue.

Shuttles will run from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, officials said. There will also be shuttles from the post-parade venue to the Sierra Madre Villa station until 5:30 p.m.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz