Bus service changes go into effect on Sunday, June 24

Metro will implement bus service changes to improve productivity and service quality on Sunday, June 24. The service changes include implementation of the Warner Center Shuttle, minor route and schedule adjustments, and implementation of all-door boarding on Vermont Avenue Metro Rapid Line 754.

New timetables are here and links are below.

Warner Center Service Changes

The following changes will be made to services in Warner Center:

Orange Line – Service into Warner Center from Canoga Station will be discontinued and replaced with a new shuttle route (Line 601).  Connections from other bus lines to the Orange Line at the current Warner Center stop and Oxnard and Owensmouth will be relocated to Canoga Station, a safer and more comfortable off-street transfer location. In addition, owl trips will be extended from the Reseda Station terminal west to Canoga Station.

Line 601 (Warner Center Shuttle) –A new shuttle bus service will be implemented between Canoga Station and Kaiser Hospital via Westfield Topanga/The Village and Warner Center business park. The new shuttle will provide 10 new stops and will operate every 10 minutes throughout the day, seven days a week. Please see this Source post.

Lines 150, 161, 164, 245, 750, and 169 – These lines will be extended to Canoga Station to maintain connections with the Orange Line, and streamlined to provide faster and more intuitive routing to and from the Warner Center area.

Minor Service Adjustments

As with each schedule change cycle, minor service adjustments are made to improve on-time performance and match scheduled service to travel demand and to adjust to changes in the operating environment such as roadway impacts from construction, including:

Improved Efficiency and Service Quality

Line 45 – Shorten two late night northbound trips and four southbound trips to San Pedro and Rosecrans. This change completes similar changes implemented in December 2017.  Replacement service is provided by Line 246 that now operates 24-hour service.

Line 60 – To reduce turns, the route has been modified in downtown L.A. on westbound 7th Street, extending the route to Figueroa Street.

Line 177 – To improve stop spacing and provide a new connection to Pasadena Transit Line 20 and Metro Line 258, a stop was added at Lake Avenue. at California Boulevard.  A nearby stop on California Boulevard at Wilson Avenue was discontinued.

Line 206 –Layover relocated to Vermont Avenue/120th Street to improve parking access on the 105 Freeway bridge at the Vermont Station.

Line 605 – Turnaround loop modified at the southern terminal at Grand Vista Avenue at Olympic Boulevard to provide improved on-time performance and recovery time at the USC Medical Center northern terminal.

Line 745 – Rapid stop added at Adams and Venice Boulevard to match other north/south Rapid lines and improve access to nearby USC.

Line 720 – Modified turnaround loop in downtown Santa Monica to reduce turns and improve on-time performance.

Line 754 – Patrons may now board all-doors with a valid TAP Card. See this Source post.

Norwalk Transit Center – Renumbered bay assignments to improve on-time performance of Line 111 by eliminating double looping of the transit center.

Safety Improvements

Line 215 – Due to increased traffic conditions, discontinued stop on eastbound Manchester Boulevard farside of Market Street: access is provided by a nearby stop on Manchester Boulevard at Grevillea Avenue.

Line 264 – Due to accessibility, safety and stop spacing issues, the stop at New York Drive at Pepper Drive was eliminated in conjunction with City of Pasadena street improvements.

Construction Related

Lines 4/704/14/16 – Due to completion of the Santa Monica Boulevard repaving project in Beverly Hills, bus routes previously on long term detour returned to regular route on the boulevard.

Line 14 – To accommodate Metro Purple Line Extension construction in Beverly Hill, implemented a long term route change at the intersection of Beverly Drive and Wilshire Boulevard.

Lines 37, 38, 55 and 355 – These lines have been detoured for six months due to sidewalk pedestrian improvements along Grand Avene and Hill Street that are being implemented by LACC Trade Tech.

Line 102 – Westbound route moved from Jenny Avenue to Airport Boulevard due to LAWA closing Jenny Avenue due to People Mover construction.

Line 115 – Due to long terminal sewer main project conducted by LADOT, reroute westbound service in Playa del Rey south to a new layover on Culver Boulevard at Vista Del Mar.

6 replies

  1. This is one area where Metro may well be underselling themselves, since the schedule shows the Orange Line running all night to Chatsworth, as well as the Warner Center shuttle running near owl service every 20 minutes until almost 4 am and starting back up less than an hour later. That’s better service than any other street at that hour, even streets like Wilshire and Vermont where you have half hourly buses. Take advantage of it when you can because I’m sure it will not last long.

  2. Frequencies are one of the main disadvantages to riding the bus system. It is no doubt a huge contributor to the decline in ridership. This one gets it right. As it’s a shuttle, it seems metro is more focused on matching its main line. Hopefully that won’t change. But for the rest of the bus system, vast improvements are needed.

  3. You might want to revise the orange line schedule. It lacks the map, as well as its weekend schedule, and there’s a duplicate of its Mon-Fri timetable.

  4. This is a huge bugbear for me: can Metro PLEASE explain what exactly, the detour at Beverly and Wilshire on the 14 will involve? What stops are being added and removed, and in what directions? This information was never made easily accessible for the last round of reroutes through Beverly Hills, and it made taking the bus a complete guessing game.