Beginning this Sunday, Sept. 10, we’re adding more frequent service to the B and D Line subway — something many riders have requested.
On weekdays, trains will run every 12 minutes from about 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends it will be every 12 minutes from 8:15 a.m. through 7 p.m. In the B and D Lines’ shared section of track — between Wilshire/Vermont and Union Station — trains will run every six minutes during the above times.
Trains will continue to run every 20 minutes in early mornings and later in the evening — and every 10 minutes between Wilshire/Vermont and Union Station at these times.
The increase in frequencies is part of our ongoing work to restore service to pre-pandemic levels. As many of you know, the pandemic posed dual challenges — staff attrition and ridership losses due to safer at home orders and telecommuting.
We hired enough bus operators to return to pre-pandemic bus service levels last December and this fiscal year we’re working to do the same on the rail side.
Strong ridership gains have also made this possible: we saw a 15 percent year-over-year increase in ridership this past July compared to July 2022. That was the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year ridership growth.
Metro’s monthly bus and rail ridership is now at 76 percent of its 2019 pre-pandemic level. Average weekend ridership is now at 88 percent of pre-pandemic (July 2019) levels and 72 percent for average weekdays.