Metro to Offer Free Rides

Thursday, May 19, 2016 Written by 
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Public transportation from Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica just got easier, thanks to expansion of the Metro line.  As part of the celebrations for the opening on Friday, May 20, Metro will offer free rides on Friday and Saturday and will hold station celebrations on Saturday, May 21. 


On Friday, free rides will begin at noon and will continue until the close of service. The free rides will start at 4:42 a.m. in Downtown Santa Monica and at 4:45 a.m. in 7th/Metro Center stations on Saturday, and will last all day until the end of service around 2 a.m.


“We invite the public to join us on Friday and Saturday to celebrate the historic opening of the Metro Expo Line to Santa Monica,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “We encourage the community  to enjoy this new light-rail line service and see for themselves how close to the beach Metro can get you.”


The station celebrations will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following new stations: Downtown Santa Monica, 17th St/SMC, 26th St/Bergamot, Expo/Bundy and Palms. The Culver City Station that has been open since 2011 will be joining the celebrations. Entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks, bike valet and bike-pit stops and information booths are among the activities.


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