In response to the ongoing reopening of Los Angeles County, Metro is implementing another round of service changes this Sunday, June 21. The changes are summarized above and amount to an 11 precent increase in bus service.
The changes include an additional 1,101 trips on 95 different bus lines — the details are above and schedules for bus and rail lines are here. Metro Rail will continue on the same schedules we’ve been running since mid-April.
If you have a smartphone, we also highly recommend using the Transit app — Metro’s new official app — for real-time bus and train arrival info and to plan trips. The app is available in both the Google Play and the App Store.
There are also reductions in service on some bus lines and route adjustments on others:
•Due to lower ridership, we’ll be running fewer trips on weekdays on Lines 68, 150, 601, 705, 710, 728, 734, 740, 744, 750, 751, 757, 760, 762, 770 and 780.
•There will be reduced Saturday and Sunday/Holiday service on Lines 68 and 601.
•Line 90 will operate full line weekdays between downtown LA and Sylmar (Olive View Medical Center)l
•Line 234 will operate short line to Sepulveda/Ventura during weekdays before 9 p.m. when Line 734 is in full line operation to Expo/Sepulveda Station.
•Line 237 will operate full line weekdays to Sepulveda/Rinaldi.
•Lines 244 and 245 will operate full lines weekdays between Chatsworth Station – Topanga Canyon/Ventura.
•Line 744 will operate both the Van Nuys and Reseda sections on weekdays.
•Line 788 is being discontinued for the time being. Use Line 234 instead.
Otherwise, service will continue as it has been since April.
This is the third set of service changes since safer-at-home orders were issued in mid-March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Most recently, we put a schedule in place on April 19 that amounted to running Sunday service every day of the week along with service on some bus lines that don’t normally run on Sunday. Overall, that amounted to running about 70 percent of our normal service levels for about 30 to 35 percent of our pre-pandemic ridership .
In May, Metro announced it would use a four-phase plan for restoring bus and rail service. Under the plan, we’ll be ramping up bus and rail service between now and early 2021 — the changes this Sunday are phase one. The idea is to match our service levels with actual and expected ridership and the need to maintain physical distancing on our buses and trains as well as more cleaning.
To assist with physical distancing, all Metro bus riders must board and exit through rear doors only. The front door will remain available to wheelchair riders and those who need the wheelchair ramp. Metro is also requiring all riders to wear face coverings and Metro bus operators will continue to use the transparent protective barrier that helps isolate them. Riders are not expected to use the fare box or TAP validator at the front of the bus but are reminded to always be in possession of fare during travel.
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