Metro Boosts Late Evening Train Service

A side effect of additional "late night" train service will be to alleviate the strain on cars when Midnight Ridazz let's out (assuming the ride ends before midnight). Photo:## Kavanagh/Flickr##

Earlier today, Metro unveiled its “More Trains More Often,” program for trains on the Red, Purple and Blue lines.  Currently, trains are running every 20 minutes after 8:00 P.M., but under the new program trains will run every 10 minutes all the way until midnight.  After midnight, service will run every twenty minutes until service suspension at 1:00 A.M.  “More Trains More Often” will begin on November 13.

Flanked by city officials and “an array of costumed characters” represeting those who will benefit from the increased service, Los Angeles Mayor (and Metro Board Chair) Antonio Villaraigosa announced the additions to the schedule in front of the Music Center.

To promote the added service, businesses agreed to special promotions for Metro Riders who will already benefit from not having to pay for gasoline or parking for a night out on the town.  The additional service is expected to benefit not just riders, but businesses that cater to late night revelers in Downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Town and Hollywood.

“As you and I know, LA doesn’t roll up its sidewalks at sundown. We have a vibrant night life that is growing and MTA is keeping pace,” said Villaraigosa. “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.”

Via press release, Metro has promised that if the program is succesful, similar late night additions will come to the Gold and Green light rail lines and maybe even the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit line.  At this point, there’s no timetable when that service might begin.

Sadly, Metro is branding this service extension “More Trains More Often” and completely ignored the suggestion of The Source writer Fred Camino who April Fooled his readers at Metro Rider in 2008 with an announcement of all-night service on weekends.  Camino’s “L8 Night” is a lot catchier than “More Trains More Often” and even incorporates the idea that the service increases start at 8:00 P.M.

  • Kwyrauch

    Who cares what it’s called? More transit service is a good thing no matter what the slogan is.

  • Anonymous

    Should be a boon to people going to LA Live/Staples for evening events.

  • Rick N

    Not sure as to why the Goldline was not included.  There is a large number of people riding the Goldline in the evening and lots of things to do at night in Pasadena and East Los Angeles.  There is also a large number of people who use the Goldline to access Downtown LA and to tranfer to the Red/Purple and Bluelines.

  • I was on the Gold Line last month coming home from an event in Pasadena. Oh, man, the wait at night was killer. I was hardly the only one at the station, either. Really a bummer, gotta say.

  • Davistrain

    I live near the Gold Line East Pasadena/Sierra Madre Villa terminal and have used it to get downtown for Red Line service to Hollywood for musical events.  Great way to avoid traffic and parking expenses, but sometimes I have to leave before the last few songs to make sure I catch the last Gold Line train.  So yes, later service on the Gold Line would be a “good thing”.

  • Can they add the silver line i took adavtage of the shuttle service that the Galaxy were running from the Artesia transit center.  after the game to my surprise i find that the transitway was closed and no silver line buses in sight. game ended @ 10. had to call a friend to pick me up.  they need electronic signs or something .

  • Anonymous

    It isn’t called the Silver Li(n)e for nothin’!

  • Lil Lebowski Achiever

    LA doesn’t roll up it’s sidewalks at midnight, it just leaves the work to unchecked street trees, 30 years of deferred maintenance, and apron parking asshats that fill their garages full of crap and leave vehicle storage to the peons around them (aka their fellow citizens).

    The real question: will this increase crime now that poorer criminals will have access to an escape vehicle that is not a broken down Chevrolet with one headlight and expired tags?

    The ‘tard in me says, “Yes.”

  • To extend hours, you need enough time for maintenance. BART found that, by pushing back closing time on Fridays one hour, that they would have to delay opening Saturday one hour and it caused a Title VI violation, which MTA is hypersensitive about. Most concerts at LA Live, ball games, etc. end at about midnight. The last train passes by Hollywood at around 1 am which is enough for a late show at the Arclight or a performance at the Pantages or Kodak Theatre. I agree this leads to the absurd situation that service is greater at night than during the midday, and a better solution might have been to run all Metro Rail and Metro Liner at 15 minute headways until close, but night service is not well used, especially on weekday nights.

  • Anonymous

    London, Paris, and many other well-served by transit cities have a network of “Night Buses” which replicate their rail transit service, do so at a fraction of the cost and at similar speeds due to lack of traffic.  No need to secure stations, all riders must pay a fare to board, etc.  If LA Metro tried this method out first, it might find that there were enough funds to offer Rapid Night Bus service the entire night, not just the pokey Owl services of yesteryear.

  • Anonymous

    The folks at UCLA say “No”:

    Turn to Page 85 of:

  • “BART found that, by pushing back closing time on Fridays one hour, that
    they would have to delay opening Saturday one hour and it caused a Title
    VI violation”

    How would it cause a violation? White people like to ride trains late at night and brown people in the morning?

  • Psychologically, there’s a big difference between 10 and 20 minutes, so I applaud this. If I know I will show up and wait, at most, 9 or so minutes, I can pretty much show up and not worry about timing. If I might wait 19 minutes, it gets annoying. I showed up at Embarcadero bart to get back to the east bay just to watch a train pull away and sit around 20 minutes more than a few times during my time in the bay (though god I miss BART)

  • TO_Man

    Here in Toronto all 4 subway lines run every 5 minutes until they shut down at 2am or so. 10 minutes late night isn`t very good to begin with, but why drop to 20 minutes after midnight. Run every 10 minutes until 1am.

  • Calwatch

    Actually, Spokker, yes it causes disparate impact on minority, low income, and LEP populations. Morning riders are going to work while late night riders are largely recreational. This is a classic Title VI disparate impact.

  • calwatch

    RIP “More Trains More Often”, as the “Risk Allocation Matrix” has eliminated 10 minute service effective June 26, 2016, with trains now operating every 20 minutes until close of service like they did before 2011.

  • LAguttersnipe

    So after 8pm trains will be every 20 mins? Guess that really isn’t a change since they start the maintenance bullshit at 8:30pm currently.

    I’m conflicted because I want every 10 minutes 24/7 but we need time for maintenance and I don’t want LA’s system to deteriorate like BART or DC. Just shut it down at 10:30pm like they do in China and have every 8 minutes all day. If they can get away with doing fixing stuff and single tracking every 20 mins I can live with that.

  • calwatch

    The maintenance was only on selected lines and selected days. Metro generally avoided doing maintenance on Friday and Saturday nights, for instance, and rarely did maintenance on the Gold and Expo Lines. Now all lines will be subject to 20 minute service after about 8 pm.