Bus and rail service changes begin June 26

The service changes go into effect this Sunday, June 26. The changes were approved by Metro’s Service Councils and overseen by the Metro Board of Directors. Among the changes:

•All Gold Line trains will now run the complete rail extension to the APU/Citrus College Station — instead of every other train running to the new Foothill Extension. Service during peak hours will be every seven minutes. New timetable

A view of the different buses serving CSUN.

A view of the different buses currently serving CSUN.

•Metro Rapid Line 744 will operate later service to better accommodate late-night class dismissals from CSUN. The last bus leaving Northridge will now be 10:20 p.m. on weeknights. New timetable

The route of the 744. Stop #11 is the transit center at CSUN. The campus is also served by other Metro buses. Click to see larger.

The route of the 744. Stop #11 is the transit center at CSUN. The campus is also served by other Metro buses. Click to see larger.

•Four new late-night trips have been added on Line 230 from the Sylmar Metrolink Station to Mission College. New timetable

•In conjunction with the extension of Expo Rail to Santa Monica, the new Metro Local Bus 17 replaces Line 220 on Robertson Boulevard and continues on 3rd Street to downtown L.A. Line 17 will operate as a branch of Line 16. Patrons along 3rd Street may board either Lines 16 or 17. New 16 and 17 timetables

•Metro is improving connections between Hollywood and Granada Hills by combining Lines 156 and 237 — which will  now be known as Metro 237. This will eliminate a transfer and service on Woodley Avenue will be improved. Late night 656 is unchanged. New 237 timetable

•Generally speaking, all Metro Rail lines will now be shifting to running trains every 20 minutes between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. depending on the line. Some of the lines were already running those schedules due to ongoing maintenance projects. Please see timetables for the individual lines. New rail timetables

For those looking for an outside perspective, Streetsblog LA has a post up on the service changes.

All the new timetables are here.

Other service changes going into effect on Sunday:

Line 16/316

Line 220 has been combined with Line 16 to create new Line 17. Service starts in downtown L.A. following the routes of Line 16 and old Line 220, terminating at the Culver City Expo Station.

Line 51/52, 351/352

Discontinue Limited Stop Line 352 and replace with new Limited Stop Line 351. All existing limited stops on Line 352 will be served by the new Line 351. Line 51 operates more frequently than Line 52; therefore, a new Line 351 will benefit more riders with a faster service.

Line 68

Replace the 1st Street route segment from Indiana Station to East L.A. College with new Line 106. This new line will also operate to County-USC Hospital and replace a large portion of Line 620. 

Line 106

New Line 106 will operate as a replacement to a portion of Line 68 on East 1st Street, and a large portion of Line 620. Service will operate in both directions Monday through Friday.

Line 111/311

Discontinue Line 311 limited stop service. All Line 311 trips are replaced by Line 111 trips, providing more service to all patrons on Florence Avenue.

Line 156

Line 156 has been combined with Line 237 on Van Nuys Boulevard at the Orange Line, providing a new continuous line from Hollywood to Granada Hills. Line 156 has been renumbered to Line 237. Line 656 will continue to operate unchanged.

Line 190/194

Service on Lines 190 and 194 will now be operated by Foothill Transit. TAP cards loaded with Metro fare will be accepted on Foothill Transit buses during the first year of operation.

Line 220

Line 220 is now a branch of Line 16, operating from downtown L.A. via 3rd Street to Cedar Sinai Medical Center, and then continuing down Robertson Boulevard to Culver City Expo Station. Line 220 has been renumbered to Line 17.

Line 236/237

Line 237 has been combined with Line 156 on Van Nuys Boulevard at the Orange Line, providing a new continuous line from Hollywood to Granada Hills. Line 156 has been renumbered to Line 237. Line 656 late night service will remain unchanged.

Line 246

Line 246 in Wilmington will return to its regular route via Harry Bridges Boulevard and Avalon Boulevard and will no longer serve Figueroa Street between Harry Bridges and Anaheim Street, or Anaheim Street between Figueroa and Avalon Boulevard.

Line 258

Line 258 will assume service of Line 485 (which will be cancelled) at Valley/Fremont providing a continuous line from Paramount to Pasadena/Altadena, also providing local service to the Cal State L.A. Transit Center. Service on Commonwealth/Main Streets in Alhambra has been discontinued, and patrons may transfer to Lines 78/378 for destinations on Main Streets.

Line 268

Line 268 will now operate directly into the Sierra Madre Villa Metro Gold Line Station.

Line 270

Line 270 will now be operated by two transit providers. Norwalk Transit will operate the same route and stops from El Monte Station to Norwalk Green Line Station. The route portion from El Monte Station to Monrovia will be operated by Foothill Transit. TAP cards loaded with Metro fare will be accepted on Foothill and Norwalk Transit buses during the first year of operation.

Line 485

Service from Downtown L.A. to Cal State L.A. has been discontinued; patrons may use the Silver Line. Service north of Cal State L.A. will be operated to Pasadena/Altadena by an extension of Line 258, which will be routed to serve the Cal State LA Transit Center.

Line 534

Service will now begin at the Santa Monica Expo Station located on Colorado Avenue at 4th Street in downtown Santa Monica. For service east of Santa Monica, board the Expo Line.

Line 620 

Discontinue service on Cesar E. Chavez, Forest Avenue, Wabash Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Mott Street, and 1st Street. Replacement service is provided by the current routes of Lines 30, 68, and 770. The remaining route of Line 620 will operate from the USC Medical Center, State Street, 1st Street, Boyle Avenue, Whittier Boulevard, Soto Street, 4th Street, Indiana Street, then continuing out 1st Street along the route of Line 68 to East L.A. College. The new service will be renumbered to Line 106 operating in both directions. Hours and days of operation will remain unchanged.

Service Improvements

Metro has improved service on the following lines: 70, 76, 266, 268, 770

Patsaouras Plaza Closure

The bus hub adjacent to the east portal area of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles will closed for construction from July 11 to October 10. During the closure, all vehicles including buses and shuttles that enter the plaza will be rerouted to a new pick-up/drop-off location.


33 replies

  1. Re: The Gold Line–Hurrah for sending all trains all the way to APU/Citrus but I am skeptical about the frequency. According to the current timetable, the trains should be running every six minutes, alternating between terminating at Sierra Madre and APU/Citrus but that rarely happens. It is usually at least 20 minutes between APU/Citrus trains during the evening rush hour, rather than 12 minutes.

    • I agree! This is 20-minute headways after 8 pm on the two Subway Lines. Anna, please fix this,

      • I changed it to read:

        •Generally speaking, all Metro Rail lines will now be shifting to running trains every 20 minutes between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. depending on the line. Some of the lines were already running those schedules due to ongoing maintenance projects. Please see timetables for the individual lines. New rail timetables

        Steve Hymon
        Editor, The Source

  2. Very disappointed to see 20-min headways after 9pm on all rail systems, when we should be shortening headways across the board at all hours. This move neuters Metro Rail as a usable late-night service. Is this permanent or temporary?

    When are we transitioning to an automated (driverless) service on the rails so that driver hours aren’t a limiting factor?

    • Hi Steve,

      The new headways reflect the maintenance schedules, which have been in effect for the past few years and will continue into the future. In order to maintain the system there is a lot of work that needs to be done, and there are not enough non-service hours in which to complete it all each night.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

      • Is Metro actually expecting to be single tracking a lot of the that time, or is this just the excuse to cut costs? (Which may be a valid goal in its own right.)

        • Hi,

          While cost savings does play a part in why decision was made, the maintenance need is real and is already currently happening on subway. Operations staff can also review and see if any midday maintenance work might be moved to nighttime as scheduling allows.

          Anna Chen
          Writer, The Source

      • The maintenance schedules were not on Friday or Saturday nights and generally were not on the Expo or the Gold Lines. Another service cut to Metro Rail not mentioned is elimination of 7.5 minute service between Sierra Madre Villa and Atlantic on weekends. Now all trains will operate every 12 minutes from Azusa to Atlantic, which is a cut of three trains an hour between Pasadena and East LA. On a UCLA game day, those extra trains are sorely needed and Metro needs to run three car trains on game weekends if they want people to keep riding.

      • Well hopefully that maintenance schedule changes! It was bad enough on the red line- now this??

        20-minute service is practically unusable, especially at this hour, when lots of choice riders may have considered taking metro for a night out. Now taking uber, probably.

  3. A couple of thoughts for Metro Staff, especially service and planning; For Line 258, the route is perfect, however the portion that runs on the 10 fwy between Fremont & Eastern (Cal State LA off ramp) during the hours of 2pm until around 6pm, sometimes even 7pm the traffic eastbound can be a little hectic and I feel as if it will cause delays in service if the bus has to travel in that area. An alternate suggestion that should’ve been considered is having the 258 run along Hellman off of Fremont into the backside of Cal State LA and vice versa back into Alhambra without any freeway travel at all.

    Also, some of the timetables in this preview are all in Black and White which isn’t making it very easy to see all the times listed, hope there is a fix to the regular orange ones we see online.

    Thank You again.

  4. Intresting to see Metro bring back the 351 Line. If anyone remembers when it was RTD, the 351 was introduced for a few years than cut to only 51/351. There was no 52 until after Artesia Transit Center was built.

    Im glad to see the 246 go back to the old 446/447 routing via Harry Bridges…and the northbound stop moved back to nearside Avalon/Anaheim. That left turn the northbound buses make on Avalon/Anaheim and the bus stop place at the current stop very dangerous for the buses.

  5. Wait a minute. There is no Sunday 237 service between Van Nuys Orange Line Station and Hollywood?

    • It actually added one trip each way for weekdays if you compare to the previous schedule, but I don’t think that’s an improvement at all.

      • Look at Saturday, Northbound. Improvements on the 268 are coming at the cost of the weekend

  6. A few things:

    Why was service cut on the Gold Line during mid-day on Weekends?? Will there be 3-cars now as a result??

    2nd, you guys mentioned about 3 years ago (yeah, I don’t forget), that this “Maintenance” schedule on the Red Line was going to last until 2016?? Now suddenly this needs to continue not only on the Red Line but on ALL rail lines as well?? If so, is there any sort of ETA for how long??

    3rd, will we absolutely have to wait until December before the Expo Line sees an increase in frequency or more 3-car train sets?? Or will we see it when a sufficient amount of cars get delivered and are ready for service??

  7. Running 20-minute headways after 8 pm on all rail lines is nothing short of a major embarassment for a city the size of Los Angeles. It looks as if Metro has simply decided to completely give up on providing reliable transit for its customers, ridership be damned.

    I understand that a lot of work goes into keeping rail lines in good repair, but I would also like to know why most major rail transit networks in the rest of the world are somehow able to keep their systems running without providing such sub-par service for years at a time. It egregious to methat nighttime service on the Red/Purple Lines is now even worse than it was when I moved here in 2010 (at least the Purple Line ran its full route at night).

    • Yes it’s true. Metro should not shift the maintenance schedule earlier than 9pm. It will affect afternoon rush hour commute if Metro start maintenance at 8pm on weekdays. I have experienced 2hrs and 15mins for my jourany from Reseda to El Monte last night, and wasted almost 45mins for only waiting. What an awful evening service it was!! So here is what I though, rail maintenance schedule should take place after 9pm for weekdays, and 8pm for weekend holidays; increase headways to 15mins during maintenance period for all metro rail; and increase the sliver line evening services to 20/30mins instead of 40mins between 8pm – 11pm.

  8. Let me start by saying the disappointment with Metro and all staff who supported the discontinuation of Lines 190, 194 and 270. Thanks Mr. Don for bringing the motion of discontinuing line 270 even though the gateway cities council voted to keep line 270 running south of El Monte by Metro. So the question remains of how much improvement we will see on lines 70, 76 , 266, 268 and 770. The timetables show no additional service added and frequencies remain rather the same. So much for “additional service.” You may be thinking, these hours ought to be reinvested to extend existing lines to rail stations, or add new weekend service. However, we did not see that. If the idea of Metro discontinuing lines 190, 194 and 270 because they are “out of their area”, then we should expect other transit operators to do the same. For example, consider Foothill transit line 187. Apart from its 23 mile route of being plagiarized with consistent poor on time frequency, the line largely duplicates line 181 on Colorado Blvd. Moreover, the line operates into Pasadena, which is outside of Foothill transit area. Foothill transit should adapt Metro’s silly policy of cutting portions of lines to other operators.Under this, Foothill should discontinue the portion of line 187 west of Azusa Downtown Station. That portion should be transfer to Metro and operate a line between Pasadena and Azusa. Or how about Foothill transit line 269 which runs into Metro’s territory in Montebello. That line should be transfer to Metro which may serve as a extension of line 68. I hope this idea of handing over Metro lines to other operators never occurs again. As each year passes by, the overall Metro service area and routes network is decreasing instead of growing. I would definitely like to see a potential merge with Metro with other operators. Below is my idea of improvements Metro ought to consider.:

    Merge lines 38 and 71.
    Merge lines 35 and 68
    Combine lines 254 and 665
    Combine lines 252 and 605
    Combine lines 83 and 685
    Transfer Foothill transit line 269 to Metro and serve as extension of line 68
    Transfer portion west of Azusa Downtown of F187 to Metro
    Extend lines 105 and 705 to Huntington Park and merge lines 612 and 611 together
    Extend lines 78 and 489 to Monrovia Station
    Extend line 265 to East LA Transit Center
    Modify line 128 to serve Cerritos Mall
    Modify Express line 577 to serve Cerritos College; Extend line to Monrovia or Azusa Downtown station via i-605 freeway (This is a better option than Arcadia Station via the street)
    Extend line 550 back to Pico/ Rimpau via Venice Blvd; Modify southern terminal to end at Ports o Call Village (Service to hospital already served by line 205)
    Modify line 442 to end at LAX transit center; Move street service from Manchester to Century Blvd
    Offer a faster express version of line 460. New line to operate between Downtown LA and Disneyland via express lanes and I-5 freeway between Norwalk and Disneyland. Line would still service Fullerton and Knotts Berry Farm; OR remove low ridership street stops on line 460
    Modify Line 501 to serve the LA Zoo and move line to end at Pasadena City College
    New express line between LAX, South Bay Galleria, Harbor Gateway Transit Center, North Long Beach and Downtown Long Beach using the I-405 freeway and I-710 freeway
    New express line between Harbor Gateway Transit Center, Artesia Blue Line Station, Norwalk Green Line Station, Cerritos College and Mall, and Knotts Berry Farm using the I-91 freeway
    New Express line between Downtown LA, Glendale, LA ZOO Burbank and Sylmar using the I-5 freeway

    And the biggest change I and employees as well as theme park visitors of Six flags magic mountain without cars is an express line between North Hollywood station, Sylmar and Six Flags Magic Mountain using the I-5 and 170 freeways. The line can definitely run only during rush hour with 3 trips in the morning northbound and 3 southbound only trips in the pm. This was done on former line 450. Six flags is the only theme park not serviced by Metro. In fact, this is a change many park visitors without a car have been requesting for quite a while. Now that it is “out of Metro’s area” idea should be put aside. We have Express line 460 operating between LA and into the Orange County towards Disneyland. Yet the line is the busiest express line and remains both important to commuters as well as for visitors without a car to visit Knotts and Disneyland. I am very pleased this line will remain the same with no changes =). Thanks to all those who supporting in leaving Line 460 with daily service between LA and Disneyland. Lets hope these changes occur some time soon.

    What do you think?

    • Dude the cutting back and giving it to other operators has been going on for years. Once upon a time line 18 went from wilshire and western to whittwood town center in whittier. Then they cut it to serve whittier college then late night service only then they cut it to montebello and gave the second portion to montebello. The lines 490 and 484 (now 190/194) 490 would go all the way to Cal state Fullerton and 484 to ontario. Now that’s all gone. There used to be a line 275 that serve gateway…. cut. Line 471 which connected whittier to brea mall… transferred to foothill who cut a portion. It really sucks to say that metro now really doesnt have any lines east of El Monte when the case used to be different years ago. What happened? I don’t know but I wouldnt be surprised if next year they come back with more cuts.

  9. Steve: Thanks for the new Gold Line schedules. I had noticed that they hadn’t appeared yet on the Metro web site.
    Do you know how the change in the Gold Line operating plan will affect the rail fleet allocation between the LRT lines? According to the “Facts at a Glance” on the Metro web site the Gold Line currently operates 50 vehicles in peak service (to serve the average daily ridership of 49,000 daily passengers). With the revised operating plan there will be 23 trains operating in peak service, or 46 rail cars if each train is operated with two cars. That would save four cars from the operating plan for the Gold Line.
    The Expo Line, on the other hand, currently operates 23 vehicles on 9 trains in peak service (to serve the average daily ridership of 45-50,000 daily passengers with the Expo extension to Santa Monica). Currently fewer than half of the Expo trains are operated with three cars. If the four “extra” Gold Line cars were moved to serve the Expo Line, Metro could operate all Expo trains with three cars. This would solve most of the overloading problems on weekday Expo service.

    • No, I don’t know. And I’m not sure when “facts at a glance” was last revised. At this time, there are probably more three-car trains on Expo than Gold Line — on Gold Line, three car trains are very rare.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • Good line commuter here. Three-car trains were commonplace at peak hours before Monday’s service change.

  10. Why on earth should we vote to tax ourselves and give more money to Metro when it is CUTTING SERVICE? This is an enormous step backwards.