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L.A. Metro Marks 10th Year of Service to Rose Parade
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 28, 2013

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will mark its 10th official year of Metro Rail service to the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade® celebrations this New Year’s Day, providing a decade of public transportation directly to the world-renowned Pasadena parade events. 

The 125th Rose Parade® presented by Honda themed “Dreams Come True,” will feature majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands from across the United States. Metro will provide fast, frequent train service to and from Pasadena all day, with four station stops near the parade route.  Metrolink also will provide train service to access the parade from Union Station on its San Bernardino and Antelope Valley Lines.

The Metro Gold Line opened in 2003, providing rail service to the 2004 tournament festivities.  Prior to that, no commuter rail service traveled to Pasadena in more than 50 years. The last Pacific Electric Red Cars were discontinued in 1951.

With this year’s Tournament festivities planned to begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 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 enable 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, with trains running as frequently as every seven to eight minutes end-to-end.

For New Year’s Eve only, Metro will be providing free rides on all Metro bus and rail lines from 9 p.m. until 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 $1.50 one-way fare if only riding the Metro Gold Line or an unlimited $5 Metro Day Pass on a $1 reusable Tap card if riding more than one line.  The Day Pass allows for unlimited Metro System rides that day. 

Metrolink is also providing service that will connect event-goers along its San Bernardino and Antelope Valley lines with additional transportation options to downtown Los Angeles Union Station, where they can board the Gold Line to Pasadena.

The first train on Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line will depart the Riverside-Downtown Station at 5:30 a.m. and San Bernardino at 6:10 a.m. making all station stops. Train 349 will arrive to Los Angeles Union Station at 7:45 a.m., where paradegoers can then ride the Metro Gold Line to attend the Rose Parade in Pasadena.

On the Antelope Valley Line, the first train will depart Lancaster at 5:40 a.m., arriving at L.A. Union Station at 7:40 a.m. The complete schedule can be found at

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, Indiana and Atlantic.  Additional parking is available at stations servicing other countywide rail lines as well. Visit for a list of additional park & ride lots on the Metro System.

Football fans attending the 100th Rose Bowl Game®  Presented by VIZIO 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 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 easy access to view the Rose Parade floats after the parade.  Take the Metro Gold Line to the Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena.  Then board a shuttle bus from the Bus Plaza on the first level of the parking structure that provides direct service to Victory Park, where the floats will be displayed Jan. 1-2.

Shuttles will depart from Sierra Madre Villa Station until approximately 3 p.m. each day.  Return service to Sierra Madre Villa will continue to 5:30 p.m.  Shuttle hours of operation are 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 1, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 2.  On Jan. 2 from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m., only seniors and disabled will be allowed into the viewing area. 

During the hours of operation the shuttle buses will pick up every five to ten minutes from the station.  Regular fares will apply. 

Revelers also can utilize Metro Rail to access Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles New Year’s Eve.  The park is offering a free Countdown to 2014 event between 6 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. that includes performances, art installations and animated projections.  Metro riders who show their tap card will receive 10% discount on food truck items and more.  Eventgoers can take the Metro Red/Purple Line and exit Civic Center/Grand Park Station to access the event. 

Due to a New Year’s Eve event in Downtown Long Beach, from 7 p.m. through 3 a.m., southbound trains from Los Angeles will only travel as far south as 1st St. Station, with every other train ending at Willow Station. Downtown Long Beach Station will be closed. Pacific Station will be served by a shuttle train from Anaheim St. Station. Service will run every 10 min between 7th St/Metro Ctr and Willow, then every 20 min between Willow and 1st Street. Every other southbound train will end at Willow and return to Los Angeles.

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. 

Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at,, and and instagram/metrolosangeles.


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