As part of the service changes taking effect on Sunday, December 15, two new stops on the 704 Rapid Line on Santa Monica Boulevard. Here is the news release:
Bus riders in West Hollywood get a holiday present as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) adds Metro Rapid service to two bus stops on Santa Monica Boulevard near Plummer Park.
Beginning Sunday, December 15, 2013, Metro Rapid line 704 will stop on westbound Santa Monica Boulevard at North Gardner Street and eastbound Santa Monica at Fuller Avenue. Prior to the change only the Metro 4 line serviced the stops. The Metro 4 line is local service that picks up and drops off at every bus stop, while the 704 Rapid service makes stops about every 3/4 of a mile.
In a recent analysis of service and ridership Metro staff recommended Rapid stops closer to Plummer Park. Currently, the distance from Plummer Park to the nearest Rapid stop is about a half-mile, which is considered too far to walk for many senior citizens who use the park and rely on Metro.
Line 4 local service has an average of 22,663 daily boardings on the route that begins in Downtown Los Angeles and ends in West Los Angeles. The Metro 704 Rapid service has an average of 11,307 daily boardings. Before the change, the nearest Rapid stops were at Santa Monica and Fairfax and Santa Monica and La Brea.
Metro Rapid service is successfully reducing travel times in some of Los Angeles County’s busiest transit corridors. Buses arrive every 3-10 minutes during peak commute times, carry a bus signal priority system that reduces traffic delays at intersections by extending green lights and the distinctive red and silver color scheme makes it easy to identify Metro Rapid stops and buses.