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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Carson Community Center
801 E. Carson
Carson, CA 90745
Saturday, February 6, 2016 10 a.m.
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.
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.
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