Glendale City Council Member Ara Najarian, L.A. City Council Member Paul Krekorian Take Ride on Metro’s NoHo to Pasadena Express
Glendale City Council Member Ara Najarian and L.A. City Council Member Paul Krekorian – both Metro Board members – took a ride today on the new Metro NoHo to Pasadena Express to greet riders and promote the service, which provides L.A. County commuters with a better way to access major rail and bus lines and key destinations in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.
The express line conveniently connects the Metro Red and Orange Lines in North Hollywood with the Metro Gold Line in Pasadena. It also makes limited stops in Burbank’s Media District and northern downtown Glendale.
Also referred to as Line 501, the NoHo to Pasadena Express is different than other bus lines serving these valleys. It operates seven days a week with high frequency – every 15 minutes during peak hours and every 30 minutes during off-peak periods so riders can reliably depend on getting to and from their destinations. Other bus services in this corridor only run during weekday peak periods and do not operate on weekends.
The express bus utilizes the carpool lanes on the 134 freeway, which can save commuters time, particularly during off-peak hours. Travel times between North Hollywood and Pasadena are expected to be approximately 50 minutes during peak traffic times, but approximately 35 to 40 minutes otherwise.
“By design, this express bus was created specifically to solve the problem that vexes our multi-modal transit riders. It connects bus, light rail, commuter rail and airport travelers via Bob Hope Airport,” said Ara Najarian, Glendale Mayor and Metro Board Member. “If this line is successful, it could provide the justification we need to consider even greater transit investments in this corridor. I encourage cross-Valley commuters to try the 501 and see for themselves how it can make their transit experience better than ever before.”
Line 501 makes six limited station stops: NoHo Station, Hollywood Way and Olive Avenue in Burbank, Buena Vista Street and Alameda Avenue in Burbank, Goode Avenue and Brand (westbound) and Sanchez and Brand (eastbound in Glendale) and the Gold Line’s Memorial Park and Del Mar Stations in Pasadena. The bus runs from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Weekend service runs from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.
“Metro is doing exactly what’s needed by expanding valley-to-valley transit options in smart and efficient ways,” said Paul Krekorian, Metro Board Member and a Los Angeles City Council Member who represents the North Hollywood area. “This new express line will serve thousands of riders in North Hollywood and beyond by providing yet another way to get around the San Fernando Valley and creating a critical connection with rail and bus lines in the San Gabriel Valley.”
The new line also provides convenient connections to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Disney Studios and Embassy Suites by Hilton. These businesses collectively have thousands of employees and can benefit by encouraging workers, customers and patients to utilize the new express service.
The line will be evaluated as a six-month pilot project that is expected to cost $1.2 million to operate. After six months, Metro will review ridership and determine if the service requires any changes. The line is expected to carry at least 1,750 riders daily. The base fare is $2.50. Transit riders can use their TAP cards to get two-hour free transfers to other Metro lines.
Other municipal bus operators connecting with the line include the following:
Burbank Bob Hope Airport and Santa Clarita Connections
The Burbank Bus NoHo provides easy weekday connections to the Burbank Bob Hope Airport to Airport Shuttle, located at Bay 6. The airport shuttle operates every 15 to 20 minutes, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the fare is $1 or is free with an EZ Pass. For weekend travel information on connections to the airport, go to www.burbankbus.org/noho-to-airport.
Transfer to Santa Clarita Transit Line 757 on Lankershim Boulevard for a nonstop commute to various destinations in Santa Clarita. Visit www.santaclaritatransit.com for more information on Santa Clarita routes, fares, and current bus schedules.
Downtown Burbank Connections
Take Metro Line 155 or Burbank Bus’ Metrolink/Media District route at the northeast corner of Buena Vista Street and Alameda Avenue to connect to downtown Burbank and other nearby destinations. Burbank Bus’ regular fare is $1 or free with an EZ Pass. For more information about Burbank Bus routes, fare and bus schedules, visit www.burbankbus.org.
Glendale Community Connections
Transfer to Metro Line 92 or Glendale Beeline Routes 1, 2 and 11 (peak hours only) on Brand Boulevard, just north of Goode Avenue, to connect to various destinations in Glendale including Glendale Galleria and The Americana at Brand. Beeline regular fare is $1 or free with an EZ Pass. Glendale Beeline accepts interagency transfers from Metro. For more information about Glendale Beeline routes, fare and bus schedules, visit www.glendalebeeline.com.
Local Pasadena Connections
Connections to the Metro Gold Line can be made at Memorial Park and Del Mar Stations. Take Metro Lines 177, 180/181, 256, 260, 267, 686, 687, 762, 780, Foothill Lines 187, 690, and Pasadena Transit Lines 10, 20, 40, 51, and 51 to local destinations throughout Pasadena and beyond. Pasadena Transit regular fare is 75 cents and Foothill Transit fare is $1.25. For more information about Pasadena Transit and Foothill Transit routes, fare and bus schedules, please visit www.cityofpasadena.net/pasadena-transit/ and www.foothilltransit.org
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