The Chicago Way: Should L.A. Metro Trains Run Later?

Midnight is an awfully early hour to wrap up your weekend night.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Monday that many Metro train lines, including the Red Line that connects North Hollywood to Hollywood to Downtown, will .

Previously, trains ran about every 20 minutes. Now, from 6 p.m. to midnight, they will run every ten minutes.

That's great news, Mr. Mayor, but how about making them also run later? Midnight is an awfully early hour to wrap up your weekend night. The news reminded me of a column our writer Tiffany Kelly wrote almost a year ago: .

As Tiffany points out, going Metro can be a tough choice for a partier looking to have a night on the town. Tiffany and I are not alone in this thought. Within minutes of the posting of on this site, reader : Wish they'd run them a little later as well. Midnight is pretty early after a concert or a night out.

What do you think? Vote in our poll below.

I went to college in Chicago, which has perhaps the greatest public transit system in the country (as well as the greatest bar scene), and there the trains run 24 hours on the busy lines. The bars also close at 4 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. on weekends, so late trains are a bit more of a necessity. Chicago, like New York, is a city that never sleeps. Judging by our public transportation system, L.A. is not only a city that sleeps, but is a city home in time to catch the end of Nightline.

During college I may have had one or two late nights out on the town, and it was always nice to be able to take the train home if I didn't — or couldn't — spring for a cab.

I can't fathom why the Red Line shuts off at midnight. There are thousands of people who party at the bars in NoHo, Universal City, Studio City, Hollywood, downtown and all the other great neighborhoods the Metro can take you to. I am sure that many of these tipsy people might like a safe and affordable way home after midnight. How many of those people foolishly get behind the wheel because their most affordable and convenient public transportation option is shut down for the night?

The bars in this town close at 2 a.m. How about keeping the Red Line, which hits up many late-night party zones, running until 2:30 a.m. on weekends? This would ultimately result in fewer DUI-induced car crashes and deaths on our highways and likely save the city money in the long run. And apparently there has been money to do this all along. Metro does not expect the cost of the expanded service to run outside the lines' existing budget, according to the City News Service. 

It's sad and unfortunate that so many people do not make responsible choices and choose to drink and drive, but that's why it's important to give them as many responsible choices as possible.

David Govea November 08, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Check out the Facebook working on this exact cause. https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Keep-The-LA-Metro-Rail-Open-After-Hours/161007190640389
Craig Clough November 08, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Thanks, David, I just "liked" it.
LABornAndRaised November 08, 2011 at 08:29 PM
I used the Red Line subway recently to see Iris at Kodak theater. I didn't like the feeling throughout the show thinking about when the show might end and risk not making the final train before midnight. If the subway would go until 2:30am (at least on weekends), that would do a lot more for the economy. I didn't eat anywhere after the show out of fear I might miss the train.
J. Ryan November 08, 2011 at 09:37 PM
I don't know, shoud it?


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