A group of small and large Los Angeles
area businesses kicked in $54,250 to extend late-night weekend subway service
on the Metro Red Line from
North Hollywood to
Union Station during the holiday season.
Beginning Nov. 21, and continuing each Friday and Saturday
night until Dec. 27, Metro will operate two-car trains with 20-minute service
intervals until 3 a.m.
Extending the hours of Red Line Metro service for the
holiday pilot project will cost $4,500 a night and is being paid for by
private-sector sponsorships made by numerous entertainment venues and
businesses. All funds for the six-weekend pilot program were received by Metro
by the October 17 deadline set at the Metro Board of Directors meeting in
The service enhancement is a pilot project proposed by Los
Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, Council President Eric Garcetti, and
Councilmembers Wendy Greuel and Jan Perry.
Sponsors include Staples Center; LA Live; The
Orpheum Theatre; NBC Universal; and the Historic Downtown Business Improvement