LOS ANGELES, Calif.–People planning to attend the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl game or other events were urged to take advantage of mass transit to avoid parking problems and high gas prices.

Metro officials noted, meanwhile, that its bus and rail lines will be free from 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 2 a.m. New Year’s Day to give people an alternative to drinking and driving. Metro rail lines and the Orange Line busway will offer 24-hour service on Friday.

Additional service will be provided on the Metro Gold Line on Saturday to accommodate people heading to Pasadena for the Rose Parade and/or game. The increased number of trains will be deployed from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., with trains running about every seven or eight minutes.

Parking will be available at several Gold Line stations, including Sierra Madra Villa, Del Mar, Fillmore, Mission, Heritage Square/Arroyo, Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park, Union Station, Indiana and Atlantic, according to Metro.

People heading to the Rose Bowl for the game were urged to take the Gold Line to the Memorial Park station, then walk three blocks west on Holly Street to the Parsons Corp. complex to catch the free Rose Bowl Game shuttle bus.

Parade fans can also take the Gold Line to the post-parade float-viewing area. Fans can take the Gold Line to the Sierra Madre Villa Station, then board a shuttle bus at the Bus Plaza on the first level of the parking structure.

Except for the Gold and Orange lines, other Metro routes on Saturday will operate on a Sunday schedule. Information on routes and schedules is available online at www.metro.net.