Upcoming hearings for proposed June Metro Bus service changes

As many of you know, Metro often makes transit service changes twice a year — most often involving bus routes and schedules, with changes taking effect in June and December. Above are the proposed changes to be made in June or later.

We noted last year that Metro is shifting bus service hours from low ridership routes to busier routes. Why? Here’s what I wrote last year: Over the next several years, Metro will be making several changes in an effort to speed up bus service and provide more frequent service on lines that are already busy. The idea is to boost bus ridership — which has been in decline in recent years — and build a larger network of bus lines with service every 15 minutes or less.

Please click here for a longer explanation of the changes afoot.

Metro staff decides on the final service changes in consultation with the Service Councils, which consist of Metro riders and stakeholders. The Metro Board has final say on approving the changes. If you can’t attend a public hearing or Service Council meeting, don’t fret — you can comment by U.S. mail, email or fax. The deadline for public comment is midnight, Feb. 13.

Comments sent via U.S Mail should be addressed to:

Metro Customer Relations
Attn: June 2016 Service Changes
1 Gateway Plaza, 99-PL-4
Los Angeles, CA  90012-2932

Comments via e-mail should be addressed to: servicechanges@metro.net, attention: “June 2016 Service Changes”

Faxes should be addressed as above and sent to: 213-922-6988.

Here are the public hearing dates and times:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 6:30 p.m.
San Fernando Valley
Marvin Braude Constituent Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA  91401

Thursday, February 4, 2016 6 p.m.
South Bay
Carson Community Center
Adult Lounge
801 E. Carson
Carson, CA  90745

Saturday, February 6, 2016 10 a.m.
Regional Location
Metro Boardroom
1 Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90012


p align=”left”>Monday, February 8, 2016 6 p.m.
San Gabriel Valley
Metro El Monte Division 9 Building
3449 Santa Anita Ave.
3rd Floor Service Council Conference Room
El Monte, CA  91731

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 6 p.m.
Metro Headquarters Building
1 Gateway Plaza
Union Station Conference Room
Los Angeles, CA  90012

Thursday, February 11, 2016 6 p.m.
Gateway Cities
Norwalk Arts & Sport Complex
Sproul Reception Center
12239 Sproul St.
Norwalk, CA  90650

More important things to consider from the Service Changes web page on metro.net.

The public hearing will commence at the listed times and will close after all oral testimony has been received by those members of the public present in accordance with federal public hearing requirements outlined in Section 5307 (d) 1 of Title 49 U.S.C., and public hearing guidelines outlined in Section 2-50-025 of Metro’s Administrative Code, as amended.

Note: These proposals may be approved in whole or in part at a date following the public hearings. Approved changes may also include other alternatives derived from public comment. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend the upcoming hearings and provide testimony on any service proposal under consideration (public comment will not be restricted to only bus routes operating in one geographical area). All public comment received will be forwarded to the responsible Service Council, and considered prior to taking action on the service proposals. Persons unable to attend the hearings may submit written testimony postmarked through midnight Saturday, February 13, 2016, the close of the public record.

ADA REQUIREMENTS: Upon request, sign language interpretation, materials in alternative formats and other accommodations are available to the public for MTA sponsored meetings and events.

LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: Upon request, interpreters are available to the public for MTA sponsored meetings and events. Agendas and minutes will also be made available in other languages upon request.

All requests for reasonable accommodations, interpretation services and materials in other languages must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please submit requests by calling (213) 922-4600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our TDD line is (800) 252-9040. Individuals with hearing or speech impairment may use California Relay Service 711 + Metro phone number.

8 replies

  1. One factor in the issue of declining ridership that is infrequently mentioned is time: it takes longer, sometimes 2 or 3 times longer, to use public transit than a single drive in a car. Yes, cost is a factor. But I would guess riders would willingly accept rate hikes it they could make it to work in the same time using public transportation as it takes to drive. Buses need dedicated lanes in order to get to their destinations on time. And why does Metro keep designing rails lines at street level SO THEY CAN STOP FOR SIGNALS AND TRAFFIC TOO? That doesn’t make any sense. Yes, it costs more money to have grade separations. But how much does it cost to run empty trains?

  2. How are they going to cancel two mid day trips on the 175 Line when there is only one bus on the line with a one hour headway? Pulling the bus into and out of Division 3 will eat up any savings that someone believes could be saved. This is just another example of employees at the MTA with no transportation experience making uninformed decisions

  3. Shame they’re axing the 270, infrequent and hourly the service is, it’s my only option to get to the Green Line from where I live.

  4. Line 270 should not be cancelled because certain segments of the line has no other transit alternative.
    This is not an excessive duplication. If Metro really wants to cancel lines due to excessive duplication. Metro should discontinue Lines 686 &687. It does not make to run 40-foot buses on narrow streets with very low ridership. These lines are better coordinated by Pasadena, Altadena and South Pasadena agencies.

    Lines 190 & 194
    Metro should make sure that Foothill Transit will take over the lines before Metro cancels it. Certain segments have no other transit alternative. Metro needs to make sure whoever runs the 190 line, it should connect to the new Gold Line Station. Line 194 should connect to the Metrolink Station.

    Line 258 & 485
    I thought the combined route will server Cal State L.A. It had some discussions before. Metro and other agencies want to increase ridership but there are not willing to connect to rail stations and major activity centers.

  5. People here desperately need to understand these are PROPOSED changes… Metro undoubtedly knows some of them are a bit far-fetched and probably won’t happen (e.g. slashed line 460 segment, 190/194 elimination). Also, I heard elsewhere that lines 190/194 and 270 will only get cut if another agency takes those routes over.

  6. Please do not cancel the 485 it’s the only line I need and worth the 30+ minute wait and extra $0.75!