Reminder: more frequent night-time subway and Blue Line service is now in effect

The subway is now running twice as frequently at night. Photo by Alexbcthompson, via Flickr creative commons.

The new schedules began last night, with Red, Purple and Blue Line trains running every 10 minutes between 6 p.m. and midnight. It’s a demonstration project to see if the demand for better night service is really there.

Here are the new timetables: Red/Purple Line and Blue Line.

The trains are more frequent but shorter. Board Blue Line trains at the front of the platform and subway trains at the center, please!

And please let us know about the service and how it’s working or you.

 

11 replies

  1. “The trains are more frequent but shorter.”

    Just wondering, how much money does it save to be running shorter trains? I’ve always wondered this; I’ve otherwise never really understood why they shorten trains.

    • Hi Robb;

      I know the extra night service is costing about $1.3 million. As for shorter trains, I’m not sure how much it saves — but the idea is to more equally distribute the number of rolling stock on the lines while still allowing some of the train cars to go to maintenance facility for maintenance, repair and cleaning.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. I just rode the red line, and I would have to say I have some mixed feelings.

    The train to North Hollywood was cut in half, so the two cars were packed to the max. I happened to see a Union Station bound train runnning 3/4 length cars. Quite a few seats were empty. Furthermore, riders were not aware of the shorter cars, and so people at the front and the ends of the platform were scrambling to get into the train.

    In terms of frequencies, the whole 10 minute headway thing was a success. Before, trains ran 20 minute headways and missing that train could have wreaked havoc on a person’s commute.

    I agree with Commuter- having more frequent trains cut my commute about 30 minutes. Hopefully Metro keeps this change and adds more cars.

  3. Thanks for the night service. My brother all the way to La Cienega Blvd. in Beverly Hills. and now he will come more early from work. Just wondering, when will Expo lIne open???

  4. Rode the expanded Red line night service tonight around 9. The two car train was very full. But I’m not complaining. I had just missed a train at the Universal City station, and it was great not to have to stand around for 20 minutes on the platform. This is an excellent move in the right direction. I hope that someday people will react in disbelief when I tell them that “there used to be 20 minute headways after 8pm on the L.A. subway.”. Because – in this idealized future – everyone knows that 20 minute headways only happen after 1am.

  5. Are the new Red/Purple and Blue Lines timetables available onboard the trains, or at the Metro customer service stand in Union Station?

  6. I think the new shorter trains, 10 minute intervals is great. I use the Red Line/Orange Line combo frequently in the evening. Now you need to run the Orange line more frequently in those evening hours for us transit dependant to have a faster total ride home.

  7. Thanks METRO, caught a 9:17 instead of a 9:27 Redline at 7th street. Also, whats really awesome, is that at almost every stop, I saw trains on the opposing rail. Definitely a step in the right direction.

  8. This new train service cuts my commute down about 20-30 minutes/day. I hope this demonstration project isn’t an all or nothing deal. If for example, people ride more often around 8 pm than 9 pm, will you be willing to have the trains run every 10 minutes during 8-8:59pm? Or would it go back to how the schedule was like exactly before the November 13 changes? Because that would be horrible, especially for anyone who commutes more than 10 miles to work or has a lot of connections.

    Or would you be willing to run the blue line more often if the red line or the purple line do not meet projected needs?

    Also, please tell people about this service by placing ads on the subway, trains, and buses. I only found out because I checked metro.net

  9. The Silver Line needs to more frequently. It is dull to wait 30 minutes during the weekday evenings for a bus rapid transit line.