New Warner Center shuttle begins running June 24

The new Warner Center Shuttle (Line 601) begins running on June 24, replacing the single Orange Line stop at Warner Center Station. Orange Line riders can connect to the shuttle at Canoga Station.

The new shuttle provides 10 new stops that should improve access to Westfield Topanga, The Village, Warner Center Corporate Park, Kaiser Permanente and other nearby locations. The new shuttle will travel in both directions, run seven days a week and run every 10 minutes most times of the day.

The Orange Line, beginning Jun 24, will no longer serve Warner Center. Orange Line buses will run between North Hollywood and Chatsworth on the Orange Line busway.

The plan for the shuttle was unanimously approved by the San Fernando Valley Service Council earlier this year and was supported by the Valley Industry & Commerce Association, the Warner Center Assn. and the office of Los Angeles Council Member Bob Blumenfield.

One other point of emphasis: the Warner Center bus changes are a preview of the type of service improvements that Metro hopes to accomplish with its NextGen Study to redesign the entire Metro bus system — i.e. straightening out routes, improving travel times for passengers and streamlining service.

Here is the new Warner Center Shuttle timetable:

The following bus lines will also be modified beginning June 24 to improve access to the shuttle and Warner Center. The new timetable should be posted to metro.net very soon.

Line 150 – To provide faster service to destinations north of Warner Center, Line 150 will now remain on Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Ventura Boulevard to Sherman Way in both directions.

Line 161 – The route will now provide two-way service on Canoga Avenue from Ventura Boulevard to the Canoga Orange Line Station.

Line 164 – To improve service for
 the majority of passengers with destinations east and west of Warner Center, Line 164 will now remain on Victory Boulevard between Topanga Canyon and Owensmouth Avenue in both directions, and maintain a direct connection with the Orange Line at De Soto Avenue and Victory Blvd.

Line 169 – Service will be extended north to the Canoga Orange Line Station, continuing on Topanga Canyon, east on Victory Blvd. and north on Canoga Avenue to the station. The eastbound route will operate over the same streets.

Line 245 – Service will remain unchanged.

Line 750 – The route will be extended further north to Canoga Station via Owensmouth Ave., east on Victory Blvd. and north on Canoga Ave. to the Orange Line Station. The eastbound route will operate over the same streets.

The plan for the shuttle was unanimously approved by the San Fernando Valley Service Council earlier this year and was supported by the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn., the Warner Center Assn. and the office of Los Angeles Council Member Bob Blumenfield.

8 replies

  1. Is the 601 ran by the MTA or one of it’s contractors. My experience at the MTA was that the contractors were not as reliable in providing the service they were contracted for. This includes the prompt replacement of broken down buses as well as filling all the assignments.

    • As a operator from one of the contracted divisions, (our division is ranked #2 among the regular and contracted divisions) I’d say we’re pretty reliable. When a bus breaks down it can take time to get one pretriped and out the yard and that’s not counting traffic conditions. In terms of assignments not being filled that’s something that even regular metro can have trouble with. All transit operators do their best to provide the service you, the passenger, deserve

  2. There will resumably be a new Orange Line timetable as well. Will all buses continue to Chatsworth (unlikely, I guess) or will short journeys terminate at Canoga or closer to North Holywood?

  3. I don’t take the Orange Line often. So, right now, from North Hollywood Station riders wanting to go to Warner Center exit the Orange Line at Canoga and then walk to where they are going. Which may mean long walks from the Canoga stop. Now, riders will exit Canoga, and there will be a shuttle taking them to various stops near Warner Center? What a great idea!

    • No need to exit the Orange Line at Canoga and walk all that way when half of the trips go to Warner Center. No long walks are necessary.

  4. Not bad. The frequencies/headways are good. Adding a stop, for both directions obviously, on the north side of Erwin st. would help overall coverage depending on how far south the Waner Center transit hub stop will be from there. An additional stop somewhere between Oxnard and Burbank might help too.

  5. Who decided it would be a good idea to run the new shuttle line at 3 in the morning? The unfortunate driver who draws that assignment is going to be mighty lonely.

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