If bus stops are being consolidated along a line, an advisory will be next to the timetable
More about the changes is below.
As many of you know, Metro usually adjusts bus and/or rail service twice a year — in December and June.
That’s the case again this year, with the coming December changes listed at the bottom of this post. Some changes are needed to accommodate construction projects while others are the routine updates, some at the request of riders.
There is another big reason for some of the changes: 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.
The plan is outlined in a document called the Transit Services Policy. It’s a document updated every few years. Its purpose is simple: to explain how Metro intends to operate its buses and trains.
The Metro Board approved the most recent update earlier this year but with a new wrinkle: this version of the document incorporates several recommendations from a peer review committee that was hired by Metro to take a critical look at Metro’s fares and operations and then to suggest improvements.
Three basic changes that you will see reflected in this December’s changes and and future service proposals:
•Metro will at times be shifting some bus service hours from low-ridership lines to higher ridership lines. This is part of the frequent service plan mentioned above. It’s important to know that Metro will not be canceling bus service in areas where there is no other bus service or no other bus agency willing to take over a Metro route.
•Metro will be reducing the number of bus stops on some routes in order to speed up bus service and help keep buses on schedule. On local lines, the average distance between stops will be a maximum of one-quarter mile while the average distance on limited lines will be a maximum of .6 miles. Don’t fret. Busy bus stops will remain in service. The idea here is to eliminate stops that are already used infrequently and are close to other stops.
•Metro currently designs its service to limit the number of people who stand on the bus to no more than 30 percent of the number of seats. The agency is increasing that number to 40 percent to provide more flexibility in the way it schedules buses. Bottom line: some routes in the future may have a few more riders who must stand, while others may have less.
Here are the service changes that take effect on Dec. 13:
Beginning December 13, 2015, Metro is making several changes to improve the efficiency of your bus service. For complete details, please see the revised timetables. Lines with the most significant changes are as follows:
33 Owl Service
Between the hours of 1–4 am, the Patsaouras Transit Plaza will be closed. Patrons should board Line 33 at the existing stop on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Vignes Street.
Due to the closure of the 6th St Bridge for 3–5 years, Lines 18 and 720 will operate from 6th St to 7th St using Alameda St on the west side of the LA River and Boyle St on the east side of the LA River. A new stop on Line 18 will be added at Whittier Bl and Boyle St, and along 7th St between Boyle St and Alameda St.
Due to construction on Broadway, southbound bus service on Broadway will move to southbound Spring St. Lines 45 and 745 will make all stops now served by Line 40 on Spring St, allowing patrons to use any of the three lines to continue south. Line 45 will transition from Broadway to Spring St via Cesar Chavez and from Spring St back to Broadway via 11th St. Line 745 will use Spring St from Cesar Chavez to 11st St and return to Broadway.
Construction on the I-5 Fwy is complete and service will resume its regular routing to and from Disneyland. Buses that operate westbound on Alondra Bl to Valley View Av, will continue via Alondra Bl, Carmenita Rd, Rosecrans Av and use the regular route to Norwalk and Downtown Los Angeles. The eastbound route will follow the same routing.
Service after 7 p.m. in both directions has been discontinued and new earlier trips have been added to the schedule to better accommodate shift changes. Patrons needing service after 7 p.m. may access Beach Cities Transit Line 109. Three new trips will operate in the 2 p.m. hour; eastbound trips will now depart World Way West at 2:09 and 2:29 p.m., and one westbound trip will depart Aviation/LAX Station at 2:35 p.m.
More mid-day weekday Rapid trips have been scheduled to improve service from the current 20-min to 15-min headway.
910/950X Silver Line/NEW Silver Line Express
The Silver Line will be extended south from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center to San Pedro via the route of Line 450, which is discontinued. Monday through Friday, a new express version of the Silver Line will begin operation in the morning and afternoon peak travel periods. The new Line 950X Silver Line Express will operate to and from San Pedro, Harbor Gateway Transit Center, Downtown LA and El Monte. The new express line skips the following stations on the Harbor Transitway: Rosecrans, Manchester, Slauson and 37th St. In Downtown LA, a new stop has been added on 6th St at Flower St. All stops from Downtown LA will be served by both lines, therefore expanding service for patrons riding north of 7th/Metro. The fare for both lines will be $2.50.
Please see this Source post for more information about the extension to San Pedro.
Bus Stop Consolidation
Downtown bus stops on Olive Street, Grand Avenue and Hill Street have been reorganized to better facilitate the movement of buses and provide a faster and smoother trip through Downtown L.A. If your bus uses any of these three streets, please consult a route map to obtain the location of all the stop changes. Outside of Downtown L.A., bus stop consolidation has taken place on Lines 2, 14/37, 28, 30, 40, 45, 55, 68, 70, 71, 78/79, 81, 83, 90, 169, 150, 180, 204, 206, 207, 256, 485 & 686. Please see the bus stop consolidation notices on the new timetables page — they are next to the new timetables.
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