Metro has announced that, following the full reopening of the Metro A Line (Blue) peak hour express bus service will continue running from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles. The Line 860 express between Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles proved very popular during the Blue Line closures and Metro will run similar service as a pilot program as part of Line 456.
Metro bus line 456 will run on weekdays with four northbound morning trips from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles and four southbound evening trips from downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach. Departure times are from Long Beach between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and from 7th Street/Metro Center from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday to Friday. The map and timetable are above.
Fares will be adjusted to the $2.50 base fare, which is Metro’s standard fare for freeway express lines. Regular fare passholders (1-day, 7-day, 30-day) may board with a 75 cent upcharge in cash or stored value. Reduced fare passholders (Senior/Disabled, Student, etc.) are not subject to an upcharge. Service will continue to be provided by 60-foot articulated buses.
Customers traveling outside of these time periods are reminded that the Metro A Line (Blue) will be fully reopened, providing fast, frequent and reliable service between Long Beach and Los Angeles every day. Line 456 will begin service on Monday, November 4.
Here’s an article that ran last week about the express bus in the Long Beach Press Telegram.
What do you think, riders and readers?