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Metro announces late-night rail service

Metro and city officials announced on Friday, July 27, 2012, the beginning of expanded late-night rail service on weekends.

July 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Metro rail service in Los Angeles County is about to become a lot more convenient.

Metro officials were joined by local business and political leaders in Pasadena Friday to announce the beginning of expanded late-night rail service on weekends.

Starting Friday, the Red, Blue, Gold, Purple, Green and Expo lines will operate until 2 a.m. The same goes for Saturday night to Sunday morning.

The Orange Line will run until 2:40 a.m. to accommodate riders from the Metro Red Line at the North Hollywood Station.

Officials are also considering extending the hours of the Silver Line busway, which runs from Harbor Gateway through downtown and east to El Monte. They also hope the later train service will make the roads safe for drivers.

Metro riders were very pleased with the announcement.

"It actually benefits me because I actually live by a Metro station, so it actually helps me whenever there is a movie or a concert happening downtown. I could just take it. It's better than parking downtown," said Maria Caballero.

The decision to extend the hours was made by Metro Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy, who aims eventually to run the lines 24 hours a day.

The exact cost of extending service on all lines this time is unclear.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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