Metro trains debuted extended hours over the weekend, with subways running every 20 minutes between midnight and 2 a.m. on the Blue, Gold, Red, Purple, Green and Expo lines.

On Saturday night, and into the wee hours of Sunday morning, I talked to some of the Red Line riders taking advantage of the new schedule to go to and from Hollywood. Hear some their voices here, including a catering waiter coming off the late shift, a couple of Kentucky tourists and a young woman returning home from her birthday party.

Then listen to tonight’s Which Way, L.A? as Warren Olney’s interviews Metro blogger Steve Hymon on what it all means for L.A.’s public transportation system and status as a sociable city.

“I think what this does is it puts LA very close to what you see in a few of the older East Coast cities, where there is 24-hour service,” said Hymon. “The fact is, there’s very few transit agencies around the country that run all night long.” Below, some shots of the wee hours underground.

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  • http://www.worldservicebulletins.com/ Tim

    A great step in the right direction…and a great article. 24 hour service might not be needed but 2am really does change viability for many

  • Gideon

    Cool!

  • Jacqueline

    Yay!!!!!!!! Go metro everyone so they don’t end this service!

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    awesome!.

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