Service changes coming to Metro Bus system on Dec. 13 including more frequent buses

Service changes for the Metro Bus system go into effect on Sunday, Dec. 13. As we get closer to Dec. 13, use this online tool to check your bus line for any changes.

Metro makes service changes every June and December. This round is bigger than usual as we begin to implement parts of our NextGen Bus Plan to improve bus frequencies and restructure our system to speed up bus trips and better serve riders.

The NextGen Bus Plan was approved by Metro’s Board of Directors in October and Metro’s Service Councils in August — in addition to public hearings over the summer. The remainder of NextGen Bus Plan route changes will be implemented as part of the June 2021 and December 2021 changes.

As part of this round of service changes, we’re also adding trips to our busier lines to help with social distancing.

There are no changes to Metro Rail during these service changes.

Below is a summary of the key changes. To see new timetables, please follow this link.

Viewing preview mode in Transit app.

Metro’s official app, Transit, has also marked routes in the app that are changing, ending or receiving additional service. The app has a preview mode to give you a peek at the service changes. Here’s how to turn it on:

1. Tap “settings” (gear icon, top left corner).

2. Then tap the middle slider icon at the top of the screen.

3. Under “Bus,” turn off “Metro” and turn on “Metro (starts Dec 13).” Then tap “Done.” This will show you what the bus network will look like starting December 13.

Now, you can see scheduled arrival times and plan your new commute by looking at route maps, finding the nearest stop, and using the trip planner. To go back to the current bus system, just follow the instructions again, but turn off “Metro (starts Dec 13)” and turn “Metro” back on.

 

More Frequent Service

•Trips will be added on weekdays to the following bus lines to improve frequencies and provide more room for social distancing: Lines 2, 4, 10, 16, 18, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, 45, 53, 55, 60, 62, 66, 70, 78, 81, 90/91, 105, 108, 110, 111, 115, 125, 130, 150/240, 152, 161, 162/163, 164, 165, 166, 200, 206, 207, 209, 210, 212, 224, 232, 233, 234, 245, 251, 258, 260, 344, 460, 550, 603, 704, 720, 733, 734, 744, 754, 757 and 910 (the J Line, i.e. Silver Line).

•Trips will be added on Saturdays on the following lines: 16, 18, 28, 40, 45, 51, 60, 66, 81, 105, 108, 111, 152, 162/163, 180/181, 200, 204, 207, 210, 212, 224, 251, 260, 487, 603, 720, 733 and 754.

•Trips be will added on Sundays on the following lines: 18, 28, 45, 53, 60, 66, 81, 105, 115, 200, 207, 210, 251, 460, 487 and 754.

•Lines 53 (Central Av), 55 (Compton Av), 70 (Garvey Av), 152 (Roscoe Bl) and 603 (Hoover St) will improve to 15-minute frequencies during the day on weekdays.

•Line 734 (Sepulveda Bl) will be improved to 20-minute frequencies during the day on weekdays

•Lines 165 (Vanowen St) and 234 (Sepulveda Bl) will be improved to 20-minute frequencies peak periods weekdays.

•Lines 90/91 (Sunland/Sylmar via Foothill Bl) will be improved to 30-minute frequencies during the day.

Eight Rapid Lines Being Replaced With More Frequent Local Lines

•Eight Rapid Lines listed below are being discontinued and replaced with increased service frequency on local lines on these same corridors. Some bus stops on local bus lines will change to reduce travel time on the bus while maintaining easy access to bus stops. If a stop is being discontinued, you will see a sign on it directing you to the nearest stop.

–The 705 that serves Vernon Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard will be replaced by the 105.

–The 710 on Crenshaw Boulevard will be replaced by the 210.

–The 728 on Olympic Boulevard will be replaced by the 28.

–The 740 on Hawthorne and Crenshaw boulevards will be replaced by the 40 and 210.

–The 745 on Broadway will be replaced by the 45.

–The 751 on Soto Street will be replaced by the 251.

–The 760 on Long Beach Boulevard will be replaced by the 60.

–The 762 on Atlantic Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue will be replaced by the 260.

Modifications to Other Bus Lines

•The routes for Lines 20 and 60 in downtown Los Angeles will be adjusted to save time by using the new 5th & 6th Street bus lanes instead of 7th Street (which will still be served by Lines 51, 52).

•Line 55 is being straightened to reduce travel time for the majority of riders by omitting the lesser-used part of the route to the A (Blue) Line’s Firestone Station. Overnight owl service on the 55 south of Willowbrook/Rosa ParksStation is being discontinued due to low ridership.

•Line 60 owl service to Long Beach will no longer stop at Compton Station due to low ridership.

•Line 62 will be straightened to reduce travel time for most riders by omitting the lesser-used segment of the route to/from the Norwalk Metrolink Station.

•Line 76 will be straightened to reduce travel time for most riders by omitting the lesser-used segment to/from the El Monte Metrolink Station.

•Line 106 will begin running service on weekdays again – service on this line was suspended in April due to COVID-19 pandemic service changes.

•Line 117 will have a new segment on Century Boulevard to better serve the Jordan Downs housing redevelopment.

•Line 126 on Manhattan Beach Boulevard will be discontinued due to low ridership.

•Line 161’s first two trips on weekdays will be extended to serve Thousand Oaks.

•Line 210 will be adjusted for all trips to serve the D (Purple) Line’s Wilshire/Western Station via Crenshaw, Wilshire, Western, Beverly and Rossmore for improved connections to the Metro Rail network.

•Line 217 service will be discontinued south of the E (Expo) Line due to low ridership. This lesser-used section of Line 217 has not operated since April.

•Line 254 will be discontinued due to low ridership. Options for riders in place of Line 254 include frequent Line 55, 60, 110, 111, 115, 117, 251, 605, and 665 services or new Metro Micro on demand shuttle van service which begins operation in Watts/Willowbrook area on Dec. 13; please see this link for more info about hours. Fares on Metro Micro will be $1 for the first six months.

•Line 258 will be rerouted to serve the L (Gold) Line’s South Pasadena Station and York/Figueroa via Floral Street and Eastern Avenue to provide a much-requested connection with the L (Gold) Line. Service on Oak Knoll in San Marino will be discontinued due to low ridership on this segment.

•Limited Lines 302, 312, 316, 330, 351, 353, 355, 358, 364, 378 will be merged with their partner local lines. These lines have not operated since April due to pandemic service changes.

•Line 442 will be discontinued due to low ridership. This service has not operated since April due to COVID-19 pandemic service changes.

•Lines 487 and 489 will terminate in the 7th & Metro Center area in downtown L.A. during peak hours weekdays and at Union Station during off peak hours and on weekends to reflect ridership patterns.

•Line 534‘s segment to Point Dume will be discontinued due to low ridership.

•Line 601‘s owl service to Warner Center will be discontinued due to low ridership.

•Line 607 in Windsor Hills and Inglewood will be discontinued due to low ridership.

•Line 612 (South Gate Shuttle) will be discontinued due to low ridership. Options for riders in place of Line 612 include frequent Line 55, 60, 111, 115, 117, 251, 260, and 611 services or new Metro Micro on demand shuttle van service that launches Dec. 13 in the Watts/Willowbrook area. Metro Micro is scheduled to launch Dec. 13; please see this link for more info about hours. Fares on Metro Micro will be $1 for the first six months.

•Line 625 LAX World Way West shuttle will be discontinued due to low ridership. An option for riders in place of Line 625 is the new Metro Micro on demand shuttle van service that launches Dec. 13 in the LAX/Inglewood area. Metro Micro is scheduled to launch Dec. 13; please see this link for more info about hours. Fares on Metro Micro will be $1 for the first six months.

Questions or concerns? Please leave a comment!

 

16 replies

  1. On the topic of better services:

    Would Metro please consider converting the windows of the new buses (El Dorado National Axess BRT) so that they can be opened?

    I noticed this bus model has 2 different batches:
    Bus numbers 15XX to 17XX have windows that can be opened at the top edge (typical of other bus models of Metro).
    Bus numbers 18XX to 20XX, the windows are completed sealed.

    In this pandemic era, ventilation is even more essential. Not to mention, the bus A/C can fail at times.

    Real story: A passenger “released gas” and there was no way of relief for other fellow passengers until the bus came to the next stop and the door opened. I pointed this out to the bus operator and even he was shocked by and unaware of the windows design.

    Meanwhile, the XN60 (bus number 87XX) also have the windows fully sealed.

      • If I were you I would open the emergency windows and even the emergency exit located at the rear roof of the bus. I did it before because that driver did not turn the A/C on, even though it would not be safe but we have no choice. The new electric bus on the Orange line also have sealed windows.

    • Bus 236 definitely needs more buses. It’s really bad in. The morning at 7am & 8am!

  2. I just hope it won’t rain this winter. Actually now I’m praying for a drought. Thanks to the service change, every evening I would either walk one mile or wait 15 – 30 minutes at transfer spot. Neither would be romantic after eight-and-half or nine hours of work.

    Could Metro take a look at the schedule of southbound Line 260 and westbound Line 76 after 6PM? It seems like the southbound 260 arriving Valley at 6:15PM and 6:36PM will just miss the westbound 76 bus. Line 258 and Line 260 don’t make good transfer during AM & PM peak hours neither. It will be hard for passengers along Fremont corridor to reach Pasadena.

    Btw, before the pandemic, the ridership of Line 258 north of Huntington & Fremont is not low. I saved a ridership file for Line 485 from 2009, which traveled on the same route as northern portion of the current Line 258. The average daily ridership for working day is over 3,200. Many PCC students living in Alhambra and South Pasadena took it to reach Pasadena, and many house workers took it to reach San Marino (usually they get on/off the bus at Oak Knoll/Monterey). I guess the PCC students may take online courses; but I feel really sorry for those house workers working in San Marino.

    • Lines 92 and 94 also don’t have social distancing it’s also packed and there’s no where to sit to sit they need to replace the 40 Feet Buses by the 45 Feet Buses to make room for social distancing they need work on that for the Service Change on December 13th, 2020

  3. I am very disappointed with this because no additional service was added to the bus 68 or 770. I take the 770 eastbound on Olive/Pico Monday-Friday at 4:16 pm, when the bus arrives at Vignes approximately 8-14 passengers get on the bus. This makes the bus fully loaded by the time we get to the next stop on Boyle. This is either because we are arriving before the 68 or the 68 is early. The next stop is Soto arrives approx. at 4:43 pm and more passengers approx. 8-10 it’s ridiculous. I was looking forward to have the 70 run on Cesar Chavez so we would have more service. It’s not safe to ride the bus at that time. The 4;00 pm bus that arrives on Olives/Pico is emptier because the 68 passes on time on Vignes. Please have the 68 run more often like before the pamdemic.

  4. Why not a Metro D/Purple Line Station at Wilshire/Crenshaw instead of the stupid proposed change of Line 210?!??!!???!!!

    • Because A) too close to Wilshire/Western and B) Hancock Park resident appreciated NOT having a Crenshaw station. Not to mention, what exactly is there in proximity besides a bus stop? Literally an inactive area. Build rail where it makes sense

  5. I’d hope the NABI 31-LFWs gets replaced with NFI XE35 or XN35s in the near future.

  6. Working people of Vernon needs bus line 254, you are already using a small shuttle bus why discontinue? Also Metro needs more frequencies on line 611. This is discrimination!@! The riders are poor working people.

  7. Hello! Line 14 (Beverly Blvd east-west) is always full over 80%. We need more service from downtown LA to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Essential workers without cars travel this line. Also, the odds of a sick passenger and/or immunocompromised person boarding are higher on lines that go by hospitals so more space and ventilation is needed. Can you add service to line 14? Thank you.

  8. Can you show us how the Micro transit will work? For example how does the van look like, where can we request pickup/ drop-off within each Zone, how to ride with wheelchair, large items or bikes? Perhaps a video demonstration will be helpful to understand how it works and what to expect.

    • Hi Metro Riders;

      How to materials are being prepared and we should have them soon.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source