5 reasons to ditch your car and commute on the 501 NoHo-Pasadena Express

The new NoHo-Pasadena Express crossing the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena on Thursday. Click above for more info on the new express bus. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Commuting between the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley has never been easier. Skip the daily traffic grind and ride the NoHo-Pasadena Express! Why? Because…

  1. It’s a Commuting Dream: Commuters have been demanding a convenient transit option from NoHo to Pasadena and it’s finally here. Whether you are coming from or going to North Hollywood or Pasadena; taking the Orange, Red, or Gold Line; working in the Burbank Media District or downtown Glendale; the 501 makes using transit a lot easier. 
  2. You Earn Some Quality Time: When you’re riding on the 501 you can read a book, watch a show on Netflix or YouTube, get a jump on emails and work or finally read all those long form think pieces you’ve been saving. Can you do that while you’re driving?
  3. You Save Money: Imagine not having to fill up your gas tank every week or pay for parking. Imagine how much wear and tear your daily commute is having on your engine, tires and brakes. Now imagine paying $2.50 to get to work. Your car will thank you.  
  4. It’s Convenient: Service operates Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., with buses every 15 minutes during peak hours. Weekend service runs from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. with buses every 30 minutes. Use your TAP card to get free transfers to other Metro lines!
  5. Driving is Killing You: It really is. 

The cost to ride the express line is $2.50. In addition to connecting to the Orange Line, Red Line and Gold Line, the NoHo-Pasadena Express also offers transfers to a number of other buses, including those run by Metro, Burbank Bus, Foothill TransitGlendale BeelinePasadena Transit and Santa Clarita Transit.


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7 replies

  1. Hi Anna, I tell everyone about the 501 all over the valley.

    As mentioned forget it about traffic, stress free, eat shop play Glendale, Pasadena, and Burbank just like me,and I love that line 501 has to offer.

    Go Metro.

    • The problem with 501 is that there is no parking in Pasadena. The big parking lot in El Monte is a big reason for Silver Line’s success.

      • Hi Zeng;

        There is almost always parking available at Del Mar Station for $2 a day for Metro customers. For those who live in/near eastern Pasadena, there is free parking at Gold Line’s Sierra Madre Villa Station and it’s a short ride to Memorial Park, where you can catch the 501.

        Steve Hymon
        Editor, The Source

      • well I reserved this points for some reasons. Silver Line is much successful than other express buses, but still many drivers does not use silver line instead they drive on express lanes. I strongly suggest Metro to take some actions to “kick out” vehicles on express lanes, and use the space to offer more express commute routes. Actions Needed on express lanes. But in this point, I agree 501 is a fantastic route to connect people from valley to valley, good job Metro.

  2. not only is it more expensive, its harder to transfer from other metro buses or trains that universally use a different fare. THAT certainly doesn’t attract riders.

  3. For this line I would push the convenient way to Burbank/Pasadena airport. How far away from the airport does the bus stop?

    • Hi,

      The line ends at North Hollywood Station, and you can connect there to Burbank Bus airport shuttle. The reason it doesn’t go all the way to the airport is because then the line would no longer be considered an “express.”

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source