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Metro expands night service on Red, Purple and Blue lines

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and local leaders will announce a major expansion of Metro rail night service Monday morning.

November 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
One of the biggest complaints about riding the rails in Los Angeles is that night service is limited. Well, that's about to change.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local leaders announced a major expansion of Metro rail night service on Monday morning.

Metro is doubling the number of trains that run on the Metro Red, Purple and Blue lines between 6 p.m. and midnight. That means trains on those lines will come by every 10 minutes instead of the current 20 minutes.

The expansion will make it easier for Metro rail riders to enjoy concerts, restaurants, and sporting events in Downtown, Long Beach and Hollywood.

"Many of the most popular venues are directly served by MTA Rail, so running trains more often at night will make it easier for visitors to save money, beat traffic and have a good time," said Villaraigosa.

The new schedule begins Sunday, Nov. 13.

Metro officials say they hope to expand service on the Metro Green and Gold lines next year. Metro will have to hire a few additional drivers, but does not expect the cost of the expanded service to run outside the lines' existing budgets.

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