Metro implements service changes and adjustments twice each year — in June and December. The above flyer has this December’s changes.
One other notable change: the Expo Line will continue running every six-minutes during peak hours but will run every 12 minutes during mid-day hours (about 9 to 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. depending on direction) to reflect mid-day ridership and match the same frequencies as the Blue Line. Here’s the new Expo timetable. Mid-day trains will have three cars and peak hour trains will be a mix of two-car and three-car trains. Overall, it’s an increase in peak hour capacity and a decrease in mid-day capacity.
All the new bus and train timetables that go into effect Dec. 11 are here.
Here’s the news release from Metro:
Better Expo Line Connections
Metro to Implement Several Service Changes Effective Sunday, Dec. 11
Effective Sunday, December 11, Metro will make route modifications in downtown Santa Monica to Metro Bus Lines 704, 720, 733 and Owl Routes 4, 20 and 33 in an effort to improve connections to the Expo Line terminus station at Colorado and 4th Street.
Bus routes will be moved, simplified and bus stops will be consolidated to improve travel time and convenience into and out of downtown Santa Monica. Both Metro Rapid and Metro Local overnight lines (called owl lines) will now use the same routes and stops in Santa Monica between Ocean Avenue and 6th Street.
In addition, Metro will improve bus service on some of its most popular lines. Known as the
“15-minute Network,” service will be improved to operate every 15 minutes during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods on Lines 68, 76, 90, 117, 125, 162/163, 164, 165, 180, 217, 232, 251, 260, 266, 751, 760, and 762.
Other key improvements:
Line 501 (NoHo to Pasadena Express via the 134 freeway) − Service will be improved to operate every 12 minutes during the weekday peak travel periods, providing more timely connections to the Orange Line in North Hollywood and the Gold Line in Pasadena. Weekday service hours on the 501 will also be extended and will now operate from 5 a.m. through 10 p.m. Weekend travel frequency will be reduced from every 30 minutes to every 45 minutes.
Lines 910/950 (Silver Line – Silver Line Express) − A minor route change to improve safety will occur in the area of Harbor Boulevard and Beacon Street at the Beacon Park and Ride Lot. Patrons boarding northbound buses will now board on northbound Beacon Street at 1st Street. Three additional buses have also been added to the line to improve on-time performance and enhance service between downtown Los Angeles and San Pedro during the 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekday rush hour. In order to improve access and reduce overcrowding during peak travel periods, Line 950 buses will now also be serving the Slauson and Manchester stations on the Harbor Transitway.
December 2016 Service Changes
Metro Expo Line – During weekday morning and afternoon peak hours, half of the trains will be three car trains. Midday service will be operated every 12 minutes with three car trains instead of every six minutes to match the weekday midday service provided on the Metro Blue Line and to provide service that reflects current ridership. Peak hour trains will now be a mix of two-car and three-car trains to help increase capacity at the busiest times of the day.
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