On Sunday, April 19, Metro will begin running a modified Sunday service schedule every day of the week. This schedule will provide an efficient and predictable level of service for those making essential trips. This service plan will keep Metro’s entire workforce productively employed.
On weekdays, Metro will run its usual Sunday bus service plus some Rapid, Express and Local bus lines that normally do not run on Sundays. On weekdays, most trains will run every 12 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and every 20 minutes at other times with last trains leaving terminal stations around midnight. On weekends, Metro will run its regular Sunday service on bus and rail lines. All Metro bus and rail timetables can be found here — please scroll down each timetable until you see the page for ‘Sunday’ service.
Metro slightly adjusted service levels in mid-March in response to local and state safer-at-home orders to help prevent spread of the Coronavirus. With ridership down about 70 percent overall, Metro is making this further service change to be more efficient, meet on-the-street reality of reduced demand, while still providing bus and rail service to all communities currently served by Metro and with as little impact to the workforce as possible.
Metro will also be exploring closing some entrances to rail stations that have multiple entrances. ADA access will be maintained at all stations. This is being done to reduce the number of “touchpoints” that must be frequently cleaned, which in turn allows Metro to concentrate on keeping the rest of the system as clean as possible.
To keep both the riding public and Metro’s workforce safe, the agency has already instituted rear-door boarding on its buses. The agency is also encouraging riders to only take essential trips, and is providing bus rides to shelters for vulnerable and unhoused populations. The agency, too, is using signage and social media to encourage all riders to practice physical distancing at stations and to wear face coverings while riding buses and trains.
With nearly 11,000 workers, Metro is one of the larger employers in Los Angeles County. The Modified Sunday service plan being implemented will reduce hours for some operations, maintain service to all currently served and will allow Metro’s workforce to remain gainfully employed and, thus, help reduce strain on our region’s economy during the pandemic.
We will provide all the line-by-line details of the new service plan next week.