A new bus circulator with more stops and that travels in both directions will replace current Orange Line service in the Warner Center area later this year. The plan was unanimously approved by the San Fernando Valley Service Council at Wednesday night’s meeting — with support from the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn., the Warner Center Assn. and the office of Los Angeles Council Member Bob Blumenfield. The vote clears the way for the change to be implemented in June.
Orange Line buses will operate between North Hollywood and Chatsworth with a transfer to/from the new shuttle at the Orange Line’s Canoga Station. In other words, Orange Line buses will no longer directly serve Warner Center in a big counter-clockwise loop with only one stop. The upside: the shuttle will travel in both directions, run every 10 minutes all day and have 10 stops instead of one.
The above map shows the change, prompted by the desire to serve more locations in Warner Center and boost ridership by making the Orange Line a more attractive option. The plan also involves modifying the routes of five Metro Bus lines that serve the area — the 150, 161, 164, 169 and 750. See the map below.
As part of the change, Metro will have a significant public outreach campaign this spring. The change is targeted for the semi-annual bus changes that occur every June. Your thoughts, Orange Line riders and Warner Center residents/workers/visitors?