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Free and Expanded Transit Can Save You From Carmageddon

July 14, 2011

To address the heightened concerns of congestion (or meltdown) of Los Angeles’ transportation system during the 405 Freeway Shutdown, aka Carmageddon, Metro will be offering free service on specific rail and bus lines and expanded service on other rail and bus lines on July 16 and 17.

From Metro – Special Transit Service July 16-17

Extra buses on major Westside & Valley streets
Free Fare on Red, Purple, Orange and selected bus lines
Added Metrolink trains
$3 one way fares from Amtrak: Downtown LA to Burbank Airport

Metro is adding 100 buses and 32 rail cars to enhance service on the bus and rail lines serving the area which will be impacted by the I-405 closure. In addition, no fare will be charged over the weekend of July 16-17 on the Metro Red, Purple and Orange lines, and on selected bus lines including the 761, which travels through the Sepulveda Pass.

Service will be increased along segments of Metro Local lines 2 (Sunset Bl) and 150 (Ventura Bl), Metro Express Line 534 (Malibu), Metro Rapid lines 704 (Santa Monica Bl), 720 (Wilshire Bl), 733 (Venice Bl), 761 (Van Nuys Bl) and the Metro Orange Line.

Additionally, service in the San Fernando Valley will be increased on numerous corridors. The following lines with weekend frequencies of approximately 60 minutes will now operate approximately every 30 minutes, with those extra trips operating in between regularly scheduled trips. These include Lines 96 (Riverside Dr), 155 (Olive Av), 156 (Burbank Bl), 158 (Woodman Av-Devonshire St), 161 (Agoura Rd), 167 (Plummer St-Coldwater Canyon Av), 183 (Magnolia Bl), 218 (Laurel Canyon Bl), 222 (Hollywood Wy), 236 (Balboa Bl), 242-243 (Tampa Av-Winnetka Av), 244 (De Soto Av), 245 (Topanga Canyon Bl).

The Metro Red and Purple lines will operate larger trains with 10-minute frequencies throughout the weekend.

The Metro Green Line will operate with 10-minute frequencies throughout the weekend and with longer trains during early morning and late night periods. Longer Blue and Gold Line trains will also be in operation throughout early morning and late night periods.

Metro staff and volunteers will be placed throughout the system at key locations to assist customers this weekend.

Metrolink is adding to its regularly-scheduled weekend service with seven round-trips on the Ventura County Line and nine additional trips on the Antelope Valley Line. Metrolink will also begin offering a $10 Weekend Pass beginning July 1, good for unlimited rides on Metrolink trains from Friday night at 7pm through Sunday night at 11:59pm. For more information, go to

Amtrak is offering $3 fares (50% off the regular (full) adult rail fare). This offer is valid for sale from July 12, 2011 thru July 17, 2011 and is valid for travel from July 15, 2011 thru July 17, 2011. Up to 2 children ages 2-15 may accompany each adult for $1.50. This offer is valid for travel on the Pacific Surfliner only and is for coach travel between Los Angeles and Burbank-Bob Hope Airport only. Seating is limited; seats may not be available on all trains at all times. In addition to the discount restrictions; this offer is also subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Once travel has begun; no changes to the itinerary are permitted. Other restrictions may apply. Please refer to discount code x563. Amtrak and Pacific Surfliner are registered service marks of the national railroad passenger corporation.

Free fares are being offered on the following Metro bus and Metro Rail lines on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 – to see which specific lines, please click here, and scroll down the page.


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