Long Beach Transit, Metro and OCTA to offer free rides on New Year’s Eve

All three of Long Beach’s major transit connectors—Long Beach Transit, Metro Los Angeles, and the Orange County Transportation Authority—will be offering New Year’s Eve revelers free rides across their transit platforms.

Long Beach Transit will begin offering free rides at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 to all customers on all lines. In addition, they will offer late night service on select routes, with some routes leaving the Transit Gallery on First Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Pine Avenue as late as 2:45 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

For a full schedule of Long Beach Transit’s New Year’s Eve/Day offerings, click here.

Meanwhile, Metro will begin offering free service on 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. All Metro Rail Line Stations with fare gates will be unlatched and fare boxes and validators will not deduct fare.

For a full schedule of Metro’s New Year’s Eve/Day offerings, click here.

The Orange County Transportation Authority will begin providing free rides at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, across all lines. For a full schedule, click here.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.


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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.