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Thursday December 17, 2015

aLL NIGHT SERVICE, 9 P.M.-2 A.M. FREE RIDES The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is gearing up to transport revelers to the 2016 Tournament of Roses® celebrations this New Year’s Day in Pasadena, providing rail service directly to and from these world-renowned parade events. 

The 127th Rose Parade® presented by Honda themed “Find Your Adventure” will feature floats and marching bands from across the country. As it has done every year since the Metro Gold Line opened in 2003, Metro will provide fast, frequent train service to and from Pasadena all day, with four station stops near the parade route.

With this year’s Tournament festivities planned to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, Metro will be ready with all rail lines – the Metro Red, Purple, Gold, Blue, Expo and Green Lines, and the Metro Orange and Silver Lines – operating throughout the night on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31-Jan. 1) to provide an alternative to driving and allow event-goers to get an early place along the parade route. 

In addition to the overnight service on all Metro Rail lines New Year’s Eve, Metro will run additional trains and more frequent service on the Metro Gold Line to accommodate the large numbers of anticipated riders.

For New Year’s Eve only, Metro will provide free rides on all Metro bus and rail lines from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 1.  After 2 a.m., regular fares go into effect. 

Those attending parade festivities after 2 a.m. New Year’s Day can purchase a $1.75 one-way fare which allows two hours free transfers, or an unlimited $7 Metro Day Pass on a $1 reusable TAP card. The Day Pass allows unlimited Metro system rides all day long. 

Parade goers can access any of four Pasadena train stations close to the Parade route on Colorado Boulevard. Memorial Park and Del Mar stations are about two blocks from the Parade route. The Lake and Allen stations are approximately four blocks from the Parade route. 

Parking is available at several Metro Gold Line Stations, including Sierra Madre Villa, Del Mar, Fillmore, Heritage Square, Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park, Union Station (Parking $8/day), Indiana and Atlantic.  Additional parking is available at stations serving other countywide rail lines. Visit for a list of additional park & ride lots on the Metro System. 

Football fans attending the 1:30 p.m. 2016 Rose Bowl Game®  between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Stanford Cardinal, presented by Northwestern Mutual, should take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.  Upon arrival at the station, they should then walk three blocks west on Holly Street to the Parsons Engineering Parking Lot B to catch the free Rose Bowl Game shuttle bus, with service starting at 10 a.m. and running continually until about two hours after the end of the game. 

Metro is also teaming up with the Tournament of Roses to provide ticketed access to view the Rose Parade floats after the parade. Take the Metro Gold Line to Sierra Madre Villa Station, the final station stop on the Gold Line. Then go to the first level of the adjacent Gold Line parking garage to board a shuttle that provides direct service to Victory Park, where the floats will be displayed January 1-3. 

Shuttles will depart from Sierra Madre Villa Station until approximately 3:45 p.m. each day.  Return service to Sierra Madre Villa will continue until 5 p.m. both days.  

Shuttle hours of operation from Sierra Madre Villa Station are 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. January 1 and 2, and 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on January 3. Shuttles will pick up every ten minutes. Regular fares will apply.

The float viewing area will be open only to seniors and the disabled from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.  January 2-3.   

Revelers also can utilize Metro Rail to go to Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. celebration on New Year’s Eve. This free Countdown to 2016 event between 8 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. includes live music, food, photo booths and huge projections. Metro riders who show their TAP card at any info booth can receive a free glow necklace, while supplies last. Event goers can take the Metro Red/Purple Line and exit Civic Center/Grand Park Station to access the event.  For more info visit

Metro does not allow eating, drinking or smoking on board Metro trains or buses. To ensure public safety, Metro prohibits flammable products, barbecues and oversized items such as ladders, umbrellas, tents, chairs and coolers from being brought on board the Metro Bus or Rail system.  For additional information on Metro, visit

Editor’s Note:  The 2016 Rose Queen® and Royal Court will make a public appearance at the Del Mar Gold Line Station, 230 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28 to greet Metro customers and ride the train to all stations serving parade events.  Media interested in covering this event should contact Metro Media Relations at 213-922-3007.