There are some significant changes coming to Metro Rapid Bus service in the San Fernando Valley on Dec. 14th as part of Metro’s twice-yearly service changes.
The gist of it: there are two new lines beginning that day, the 744 and the Valley-Westside Express. The new lines are replacing service provided by two lines that are going away, the 741 and 761.
•The 744 combines the existing 741 and 761 routes to form a ‘U’ shaped route that provides Rapid Bus service on Reseda, Ventura and Van Nuys boulevards — making travel along those corridors more seamless.
•The Valley-Westside Express is a peak hour weekday service that will travel between Arleta/Panorama City and Westwood, using the HOV lanes on the 405 freeway to travel over the Sepulveda Pass.
•The existing 734 Rapid Bus is being expanded to Westwood on weekdays and will supply local service south of Ventura Boulevard, along Sepulveda Boulevard, that is currently offered by the 761. Late night, early morning and weekend service to Westwood will be provided by Local Bus 234.
The 734, 744 and Valley-Westside Express are also easy to reach via the Orange Line. Keep in mind, too, that Metro riders get two hours of free transfers when using a TAP card to pay the regular $1.75 fare, making it easy to transfer between the lines and to/from Metro Local Bus service.
The service changes were developed by Metro in consultation with the San Fernando Valley Service Council.
The full timetables for the 734, 744 and Valley-Westside Express are posted after the jump.