This is an update on a proposal we posted about earlier this year: to replace direct Orange Line service to Warner Center with a circulator running between Canoga Station and Warner Center. The shuttle would make multiple stops whereas the Orange Line now has one stop in Warner Center. A Reseda Station shortline was also proposed.
A public hearing was held at the San Fernando Valley Service Council in May. Metro staff has revised plans and will be presenting them at the San Fernando Valley Service Council meeting on Jan. 3. The goal is to receive more public input and then implement the changes later this year.
The Public Hearing was well attended and staff received many comments and suggestions regarding the proposals. After the hearing, staff felt that a much deeper review of all bus routes serving Warner Center was necessary and that Reseda Station was not the desired place for turning back buses.
A deeper look at ridership, bus stop usage and route designs traversing Warner Center revealed the following:
- Access to retail, new development, local businesses and employment from the Orange Line is limited.
- Local and Rapid routes are not intuitive due to out of direction moves and long one-way loops.
- Due to many turns along the routes, travel time through the area is slow.
- Most customers on Local and Rapid bus service are connecting to the Orange Line, with the greatest stop activity at the Warner Center transit hub.
As a result of the analysis, the Warner Center Improvement Plan was developed. The following study goals were established:
1) Create a new transit hub that would allow for direct connections to the Orange Line, reduce transfers, and provide a terminal location for charging electric buses.
2) Provide more frequent and direct connections to and from the Orange Line and new transit oriented development in the northern portion of Warner Center.
3) Establish a simple and intuitive hierarchy of routes on key corridors through Warner Center.
4) Improve travel time through Warner Center by streamlining routes and eliminating unnecessary out of direction moves.
5) Expand access to the Village at Westfield Topanga.
6) Ensure the Orange Line headway remains the same to Pierce College as currently scheduled.
A full report will be presented at the San Fernando Valley Service Council’s next meeting on Jan. 3. We encourage anyone who wants to discuss these changes further to plan on attending. And, of course, we’ll continue to update riders and readers on The Source.
These are the types of things that staff will be looking at as part of Metro’s NextGen study — the ongoing effort to restructure and reimagine its bus network.