Riding Metro at 2 AM

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.