Metro Orange Line Extension testing to begin Monday, April 23

In preparation for the grand opening of the Metro Orange Line Extension this June, Metro is preparing to start systems testing beginning Monday, April 23, for approximately three weeks.

During this testing period, buses will intermittently run along the busway for testing purposes only. The testing will take place from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Metro’s right-of-way east of Canoga Avenue between Vanowen Street and the Chatsworth Station.

The public is advised to be safe around buses:

  • Obey ALL warning signs and traffic signals when crossing the busway intersections.
  • Be alert at all times when near the busway.
  • Watch for buses from both directions.
  • NEVER walk, run, ride bicycles, or drive on the busway.
  • Remember to push the pedestrian crossing button to activate the “Walk” signal.
  • Use the crosswalks. Never jaywalk across the busway or use the busway as a shortcut.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street.

Overall construction work will continue during the testing period. The construction work hours are approximately 6:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting.

 

 

 

6 replies

  1. Not as much fanfare or excitement as with the opening of the Expo Line…I wonder why? Oh yeah, because it is a bus line and not a rail line. I am all for public transit but the Valley got the short end of the stick with the bus line.

  2. It gets less fanfare, in part, because it is the extension of an existing sevice, not a whole new line.

  3. I am happy about the future opening of the Orange Line extension. At least the line will offer free rides on the grand opening day. When the Silver line began service, it offered no free rides!!

  4. Victor, if I recall correctly, the Silver line was already up and running. It was just a re-badging of the existing service. The El Monte Busway has been in use for years, as has the Harbor Busway.

  5. The unanswered question by MTA is — if someone wants to go from North Hollywood to Warner Center will they have to travel that extra 4 miles via Chatsworth — or will there be 2 separate Orange Line routes?

    • Hi Saul;

      Here is a post about the operating plan adopted for the Orange Line Extension. To answer your question: during the day, every other bus from NoHo will run directly to Warner Center. At night, all buses will also go directly from NoHo to Warner Center. Look at the post, which has maps and a chart that explains it and shows frequency of trips.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source