The Metro Red Line will celebrate 25 years of service on Monday. The line, which connects Union Station to North Hollywood, opened in 1993 as part of an ambitious plan to connect Los Angeles by rail. Metro estimates that over 44,000,000 passengers ride the Red Line each year.

In honor of the rail’s 25th anniversary, Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti, will hand out complimentary 25th Birthday TAP Cards and lapel pins at Union Station on Monday.

“The popularity of the subway has really sparked a rail renaissance,” said Rick Jager, Metro Communications Manager. “It’s one of our most popular lines and we look forward to celebrating 25 years.”

A Red Line “Time Capsule” will be opened for the first time on stage at the celebration event. Jager explained that the time capsule is a sealed 55-gallon drum that holds memorabilia Metro staff placed inside in 1993, when the Red Line opened.

There are currently over 105 miles of Metro Rail and plans to construct twenty-eight transit projects in time for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, including extending the Purple Line to Westwood and creating light rail between Van Nuys and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station.

Metro transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.

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