Bus service changes take effect on Sunday and more three-car trains coming to Gold Line

Beginning Sunday, December 10, Metro will implement several changes to improve the efficiency and reliability of bus service. Changes include modifications to late night owl service to offer better transit connections, a new Westside Line 602 shuttle and extending the hours of Line 233 to 24-hours-day, seven days a week.

In addition, the Gold Line from East Los Angeles to Azusa will begin operating more three-car trains in the morning and afternoon peak hours to increase capacity and ease overcrowding. The Green line will begin running trains every six minutes in both morning and afternoon peak periods.

The following route changes will improve connectivity, on-time performance and expand Metro Bus service. All new timetables are here.

Line 2/302 and new Line 602 Shuttle – To improve service reliability, Line 2 will now operate only between downtown L.A. and Westwood. At the corner of Westwood Blvd. and Le Conte Ave., connections will be made to a new Line 602 Shuttle for destinations west on Sunset Blvd. to Pacific Coast Highway. The new Line 602 Shuttle will terminate in Westwood at Wilshire Blvd. and Veteran Ave., providing new connections to Metro Lines 20,720, and Line 788.

Lines 92 and 292 – Due to passenger demand, Lines 92 and 292 will be combined during peak hours to provide a one-seat ride from the Sylmar Metrolink Station to downtown L.A. During midday hours, every other bus will terminate at the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station. Transfers to lines serving Burbank Station can be made on First Street and Olive Ave. Service frequency on both lines and late night service on Line 92 will remain unchanged.

Lines 230 and 234 – The route of Lines 230 and 234 will be modified to inside Mission College’s East Campus. The new terminal will provide improved access for college students. Service will be discontinued on the existing turnaround loop using Hubbard Street, Simshaw Ave. and Sayre Street.

Lines 16/17/18/316/720 – These lines will return to their regular eastbound routes. The routes will operate east on 6th Street to Flower Street and resume regular routes to the eastern terminus.

Lines 442/460/910/950 – These lines will return to their regular northbound routes. The routes will operate north on Figueroa Street, east on 6th Street and resume regular routes to their northern terminal.

Late night owl service changes listed below will provide new services and improve late night connections:

Line 2 – Late night and owl trips have been modified to improve connections to owl buses in Downtown L.A.

Line 28 – Due to very low patronage, the last three owl trips departing Downtown L.A. at 2:12 a.m., 3:12 a.m. and 4:12 a.m.to Verdugo/Eagle Rock will be discontinued, as well as trips departing Eagle Rock at 1:41 a.m., 2:41 a.m. and 3:41 a.m. for downtown L.A. Patrons traveling  to and from Eagle Rock can use Line 83.

Lines 37/38  – The current Lines 37/38 one-way loop owl service that operate west on Adams Blvd. and east on Jefferson Blvd. from Crenshaw to downtown L.A. will be replaced by a new bi-directional service on Adams Blvd. operating from downtown L.A. to the Washington/Fairfax Transit Hub, providing a new connection to the Line 217 owl service.

Line 45 – Service on Avalon Blvd. between Rosecrans Ave. and Del Amo Blvd. in Carson will no longer be provided from midnight to 4 a.m..  Instead, Line 246 on Avalon Blvd. will begin 24 hour service with connections to the Metro Silver Line at Harbor Gateway Transit Center. Line 45 late night owl trips will continue to provide service between downtown L.A. and Rosecrans Ave.

Line 162/656 – Line 656 owl service will be extended north over the route of Line 162 from the North Hollywood Red Line Station to Sherman Way and Van Nuys Blvd., connecting with a new Line 233 owl service on Van Nuys Blvd.

New Line 233 Service – Buses will now operate 24-hours, every day. The additional trips will provide connections to new late night service improvements on Lines 234, 656 and the Metro Orange Line.

Line 217 – Late night and owl trips have been modified to improve connections to buses in Downtown L.A. Buses will make timed connections at Sunset Blvd. and Vermont Ave. for continuation to and from downtown L.A.

Line 234 – One additional northbound trip leaving Expo Sepulveda Station at 1:04 a.m. and UCLA at 1:18 a.m. will be added late at night to improve evening travel from Westwood to the San Fernando Valley, making connections to new owl services on Lines 233, 656 and the Metro Orange Line. In addition, due to late night and early morning noise complaints, select trips will begin and end service at Foothill Blvd. and Sayre Street in Sylmar.

Line 246 – New owl service trips will be operated hourly to and from San Pedro and the Harbor Gateway Transit Center, making connections to the Silver Line.

Line 656 – Late night/owl service on Line 656 will be routed to serve the Universal City/Studio City Station Transit Center, then operate north on Lankershim Blvd. to Sherman Way. The route will then continue westbound on Sherman Way, north on Van Nuys Blvd. and resume its regular route to Tobias Ave. and Parthenia Street terminal. The route south of Universal City/Studio City Station to Hollywood remains unchanged.

8 replies

  1. How many more three-car trains will be added to Gold Line during rush hour?

    • Hi Alan;

      My apologies for the slow reply. I believe it is two extra three-car trains in the morning and evening peak hours.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. Metro would do good to reroute the 10 to the 11’s old route, discontinued over a decade ago, in the next service adjustment. Its common sense to connect people east on temple and west on melrose to the Metro Rail network on Vermont and Beverly, especially with the new developments going up along Temple, but for the time being they remain isolated. Its especially mind boggling as the 11’s old route was far more logical than the current 10’s meandering through Hoover and Virgil.

  3. Metro should layout an owl service map like many other cities do. Visual aides are useful to the customers.

    • Couldn’t agree more. A proper Night Owl map like the one for London’s buses would go a long way in LA County.

  4. And no real improvement on the Blue Line since, except for Long Beach, the trains really don’t travel through expensive spans of housing and real estate right? Come on. How many people have to be late to work, harassed by beggars and vendors, thugs who don’t pay fares and more? The Saturday plan to fix railway lines was a good idea until some supervisors wrecked the whole thing by overcrowding shuttle buses, againt federal safetly laws, and allowing extra 851 buses to leave the Rosa Parks? Willowbrook Station completely empty while Metro sent overcrowded trains southward because, once again the brilliant idea was to run three car trains rather than five. Amazing customer service and you wonder why ridership is going down.

  5. Glad to see they are simplifying the night owl 37/38. It was always a bit confusing.