All Souls train: Streetcar to run late for Day of the Dead procession
The Sun Link streetcar system will run later into the night for the All Souls Procession this weekend, with cars moving until 11 p.m. On New Year's Eve, the streetcar will run until 2 a.m., city officials said.
The 25th annual Dia de los Muertos procession will take place Sunday night, attracting tens of thousand to dress up and honor lost loved ones in ways both somber and festive.
"To provide a safe and affordable transportation option for event-goers," the streetcar's closing time will be extended from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., city Transportation Director Daryl Cole said in a memo to City Council members Tuesday. Additional streetcars will be added to the line on Sunday, he said.
The west end of the Sun Link line is next to the site of the procession's finale, near Mercado San Agustin.
All Souls organizers have said the procession will be halted for about 20 minutes at one point, so as to not interfere with streetcar operations.
"We are encouraging event-goers to pre-purchase their streetcar fare prior to the event grand finale," Cole said, because of anticipated long lines at ticket vending machines.
For New Year's Eve, which falls on a Wednesday this year, the streetcar will follow a weekend schedule that sees it run until 2 a.m., Cole said.