Thursday, February 05, 2009

Commentary: Late-Night Subway Service in LA, Please!

Passing Subway TrainZach Behrens from LAist just posted a note about stats from the late-night holiday service that was funded in November/December. Probably the number one thing I'm always asked (in fact someone just asked me last night when I was at LA Live's ESPN Zone) is "What time does the subway stop running?" I generally assure people that because most events end slightly before midnight, that the 12-ish close of the Red Line will get them to where they need to go if they don't dally too long (Unfortunately the bar and club scene already know not to ask).

But as a car-free Angeleno, I'm all in favor of late-night subway service which frees people from that concern. I was really glad when it launched for the Red Line during the holiday season and (particularly because I'm affiliated with a free public service offered by a mix of public and private agencies) that it was brought to the forefront by a public-private collaboration.

I know that there's a lot that goes into making late night subway service happen, but seeing the new hustle and bustle of LA Live during the holidays (or as of late, a game, a concert, or a show) just makes me be more supportive than ever of getting people out and about.

Times are tough, money is hard to come by, but a lot of experiencing LA is just getting out there. In any case, while we wait for a little more transit freedom, there's plenty of experience LA's offerings that are FREE...

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Web Coordinator


Ginormous Boobs said...

I completely agree. I LOVE the subway and use it every chance I get.

Unfortunately, that ends up being limited to daytime excursions and early evenings.

I would love to go back to the holiday hours.

LisaNewton said...

When I moved here from the DC area, one thing that surprised me was that some of the bus routes run 24/7. As far as I know, none of the bus routes there run so late.

It would be even better if the subway ran that late.