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Metro Board Approves Extended Red Line Hours

By Ed Fuentes with Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, September 25, 2008, at 12:28PM
IMGP0006.JPG Frederick Dennstedt [Flickr]

At the end of a long agenda, the Metro Board today unanimously approved a pilot program extended the hours of the Red Line between Downtown and North Hollywood during the upcoming holiday season. The program, which would be privately funded, now must secure contractually binding funding commitments by October 17 in order for the service to move forward.

Board member and County Supervisor Gloria Molina amended the bill, clarifying that private commitments must be fully secured for the effort to move forward.

Bringing Back Broadway Executive Director Jessica Wethington Mclean spoke about the commitments that have already been made by business and property owners in Downtown and Hollywood. Cedd Moses of 213 (Golden Gopher, Broadway Bar, Seven Grand) spoke in support of the effort, and afterward talked about how branding and marketing will be important steps to make the concept a success.

The pilot would extend operation of the Red Line to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights during the holidays. The motion approved included a start date of November 1, but those familiar with the discussions have indicated the 14th as a more realistic launch. The extended service would run until January 3.

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