Dec. 10 service changes: more light rail service and many bus line improvements

Good news for riders: we’re adding more frequent light rail service on the A, C, E and K Lines beginning Sunday, Dec. 10, as part of our program of twice-yearly service changes.

We’re also making adjustments to a variety of bus lines, including some schedule changes to improve on-time performance and provide more room for riders on our busiest lines.

There are also some route adjustments to better serve riders and help them reach key destinations more conveniently and reliably. Many of these changes are in direct response to rider requests.

All the new timetables are here: https://mybus.metro.net/en/.  Changes are based on feedback from our customers and operators, as well as data reviewed by our Operations team.

RAIL

A Line (Azusa – Long Beach) and E Line (Santa Monica – East LA)

•Weekday peak hour trains will operate every 8 minutes instead of 10 minutes.

•Weekday midday and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. trains will operate every 10 minutes instead of 12 minutes.

•Two additional trains will be added at the end of the nightly schedule each direction, extending service by an extra 40 minutes each night, weekdays and weekends.

C Line (Norwalk – Redondo Beach)

•Weekday midday and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. trains will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. Weekday peak hour service will remain every 10 minutes.

K Line

•Weekdays: midday trains will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. Weekday peak hour service will remain every 10 minutes.

•Weekends: Trains will need to operate every 20 minutes all day Saturday and Sunday to accommodate construction and testing work to connect the C and K Lines and construction of the new LAX/Metro Transit Center Station. During this time, we’ll also be running Line 857 every 20 minutes on weekends. K Line weekend frequency is planned to increase to 10 minutes as soon as these works are completed, beginning Saturday May 4, 2024 or sooner. The new station and C-K connection is forecast to open in late 2024.

BUS

These bus lines have schedule changes to improve on-time performance:

Weekdays

4, 16, 18, 30, 33, 35, 38, 40, 53, 90, 102, 106, 110, 111, 117, 134, 154, 158, 179, 182, 205, 206, 211, 215, 224, 232, 237, 240, 243, 246, 251, 267, 487, 489, 617, 910, 950.

Saturdays

18, 33, 35, 38, 40, 90, 102, 105, 108, 110, 111, 117, 154, 155, 158, 179, 205, 206, 207, 212, 232, 240, 243, 246, 251, 487, 617, 910, 950

Sundays

18, 33, 90,  102, 108, 110, 111, 117, 154, 155, 158, 179, 205, 206, 207, 232, 240, 243, 246, 251, 487, 617, 910, 950

Note:

Lines 20, 81, 169, 217, 265, 602 have added or adjusted supplementary school trips

Lines 10, 60, 70, 105, 150, 204, 754 have small reduction in trips weekdays and/or weekends, usually in the early morning or evening period, with service revised in line with ridership levels.

Here are the changes for each bus line:

Line 14 (Beverly Boulevard) — We’re adding one weekday morning trip through Downtown Los Angeles to Grand/Venice to accommodate high ridership.

Line 28 (W. Olympic Boulevard) — We’re adding additional trips in peak morning and afternoon hours to Century City, with one additional trip added eastbound on weekday afternoons to accommodate increased ridership.

Line 33 (Venice Boulevard) — We’re adding additional trips eastbound after 10 p.m. on weeknights and weekends to accommodate increased ridership.

Line 38 (Jefferson Boulevard) — We’re adjusting late evening service to every 60 minutes instead of every 30 minutes due to low late evening ridership.

Line 45 (Broadway) — We’re adding a trip northbound in the morning peak hour and a trip southbound in the afternoon peak hour to accommodate increased weekday ridership.

Line 48 (Main/San Pedro) — We’re adding one trip during weekday peak afternoon hours to the C Line’s Avalon Station to accommodate increased ridership.

Line 51 (Avalon Boulevard — To make it easier for the community to access Line 51, we’re adding a new stop on Central Avenue south of Victoria Street for northbound buses.

Line 53 (Central Avenue) — To help keep Line 53 buses on schedule, we’re changing the route with buses no longer using the 105 freeway and instead using Imperial Highway, Compton Avenue and 120th Street while travelling to/from Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station. Bus stops will be relocated from Central Ave/120th to south of 120th on Central in both directions.

Line 55 (Compton Avenue) — We’re adding one trip on weekdays during the morning peak hours to accommodate increase morning ridership.

Line 66 (E. Olympic Boulevard) — We’re adding a new bus stop for westbound trips at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Gerhart Street’s for more convenient access to this bus on trips departing from the Commerce Center. The stop will be on Gerhart’s eastern side.

Line 90 (Glendale & Foothill boulevards) — We’re changing the route to end at the new Historic Broadway A & E Line light rail station — the last stop will be on Broadway between 2nd and 3rd streets, allowing for convenient connections to Metro’s rail network and easy access to more of downtown LA.

Line 108 (Slauson Avenue) — We’re extending the route to Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera. This will help Line 108 riders connect with Line 266 and improve local access. Selected Line 108 trips that currently start or end in Bell or Cudahy will be extended from Slauson Avenue via Eastern Avenue and Washington Boulevard in the City of Commerce for improved access to Commerce and connecting bus lines.

Line 152 (Roscoe Boulevard) — We’re changing the eastbound route so that it matches the westbound route of Line 152. Eastbound buses will travel on Roscoe Boulevard and Lankershim Boulevard to North Hollywood with new stops added for improved local access.

Line 167 (Devonshire/Coldwater Canyon) — All late-night trips on weekdays and weekends after 8 p.m. will not enter the Sepulveda VA Medical Center due to low ridership.

Line 180 (Hollywood – Pasadena) — We’re re-routing Line 180 back to Central Avenue from Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale to improve rider access to key destinations.

Line 240 (Reseda/Ventura) — We’re increasing late evening service on weekdays and weekends from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes for improved connections with B Line trains every 20 minutes at Universal City/Studio City station.

Line 251 (Lynwood – Eagle Rock) — We’re adding one additional southbound trip on weeknights after 7 p.m. from Huntington Park to the C Line for more convenient rail connections.   

Line 460 (Downtown LA – Disneyland Express) — We’re adding two trips eastbound during weekday peak afternoon hours to accommodate increased ridership.

Line 487/489 (San Gabriel & Temple City Expresses) — We’re adding more frequent service. On weekday mornings, we’ll run westbound trips every 30 minutes instead of 40 minutes. On weekday afternoons, we’ll run eastbound buses every 30 minutes to accommodate returning riders. The LAC USC Medical Center Busway Station will be renamed LA General Medical Ctr Station.

Line 602 (Westwood – Pacific Palisades) — We’re changing the eastbound route in Westwood to accommodate construction of our Purple (D Line) Extension subway. Instead of turning right onto Wilshire, Line 602 buses will turn from Westwood Boulevard, right on Kinross Avenue and and left on Veteran Avenue.

C & K Line Link (Line 857) — We’re increasing weekday midday service to every 10 minutes to maintain connections for all K Line trains to/from the C Line. With the K Line running every 20 minutes on weekends due to construction of our LAX/Metro Transit Center station, we’ll also be running Line 857 every 20 minutes on weekends.

J Line (Line 910) — We’re adding a J Line trip from El Monte Station at 10:49 p.m. on weeknights and weekends to downtown LA and Harbor Gateway Transit Center. This will help night workers and those attending evening events get to their destination faster and reduce wait times for buses. Please note that the LAC USC Medical Center Busway Station is being renamed LA General Medical Ctr Station.

22 replies

  1. Unlikely scenario, merge LACMTA Line 30 with Santa Monica Transit Line 7 for a single Pico Blvd bus route as Line 30 is too short!

  2. Glad to see some great service changes, including:
    – The 240 Reseda going from 30 to 20 min in the late evening.
    – Extending the 90 to the Regional Connector

    One huge complaint:
    – Why is late evening service on the 38 Jefferson Blvd., which serves an Equity Priority Community, going to from 30 to 60 min? It used to require 3 buses to provide 30 minute service; now it takes 2 buses. So you’ve cut service by 50% and only saved 33% of resources – and potentially added 30 minutes to one’s travel at night when people already have concerns about safety and security. Please reverse this – you aren’t saving very much but are really harming people’s quality of life. Daytime service in general on LA Metro is pretty good, but it falls off a cliff at night.

  3. What about restoring back the buses that originally went south on Flower Street in Downtown such as J/Silver Line, 53, 55, 60

    • Again, there are no service improvements for the West Valley. As the Orange Line continues to get slower, (we stopped and waited at every traffic light from Canoga to Van Nuy yesterday) Metro continues to drag its feet on creating a rail alternative. Bus headways are still 60 minutes on 161, 169, and158 lines turning a 6 mile ride from Canoga Station to Northridge into a 2 hour ordeal when connections are missed. Bus stops are a quarter mile apart in dense sections like Warner Center and the shuttle from the Orange Line (which is not at all synched with the Orange Line) just happens to miss the neighborhoods and streets where people live and shop. (Ventura Blvd). West Valley residents pay the same taxes as other Angelenos and don’t appear to be getting anything in return from Metro. It is well past time to correct the oversight.

  4. Future Extension on E Line form East LA to Whittier start Atlantic Station to PIH Whittier Medical Center Station for Eastside Extension Phase 2 for proposed.

  5. Now, Line 180 is being restored to Central Av via its pre-NextGen route. I hope Metro can consider restoring some of the lines back to their pre-NextGen routes like:
    – Line 51 between Wilshire/Vermont and 7th/Alvarado (even for select trips).
    – Line 212 between Hollywood/Vine and Hollywood/Highland (even for select trips).
    – Line 287 between Arcadia Station and Sierra Madre Villa Station (even if it’s only for peaks)
    – Line 209 between Wilshire/Western and Expo/Crenshaw. (Unlikely scenario, Line 126 on Manhattan Beach Bl as an extension of Line 209, though Beach Cities Transit has plans to revive a portion of the old Line 126).
    – (A scenario that will never likely happen unless something special happens; a restoration of Line 130 back to Metro instead of LBT and the unreliable Torrance Transit).
    – Line 222 between Hollywood/Vine and Hollywood/Highland (Including the old Line 237 from Highland/Hollywood to Highland/Santa Monica)

    I hope Metro can consider these non-NextGen proposals in the long term.
    – Line 108’s eastern extension further from Rosemead east to Telegraph/Carmenita via Slauson, Mulberry, and Painter.
    – Line 96’s extension from Union to Little Tokyo Station.
    – Line 110’s extension from BG to Lakewood Bl Station via Florence, Old River, Stewart and Gray, and Lakewood.
    – Line 18’s re-extension to Whittwood Center (even if only Owl).
    – Extend Line 162 from NoHo to Universal City via Vineland.
    – Split Line 155 at Sherman Oaks Galleria, and extend Line 234 via a loop to NoHo via Kester, Sepulveda, Ventura, & Magnolia.
    – Extend Line 150 from Zelzah/Ventura to Moorpark/Van Nuys during weekday Peaks.
    – Extend Line 265 north to Rio Hondo College via Whittier/Norwalk/Workman Mill, and south to LBCC via Lakewood, Del Amo, and Clark.
    – Merge Line 246 and 550 as a new Line 546 from Expo/USC to San Pedro.

    • “Line 180 (Hollywood – Pasadena) — We’re re-routing Line 180 back to Central Avenue from Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale to improve rider access to key destinations”

      Good, it was dumb to even remove the Central/Americana Stop to begin with. “Yeah, let’s eliminate one of the busiest stops on the 180 and force those patrons to go all the way to the NE section of only one of the malls to catch our WB bus instead.”

      Who honestly are y’all hiring for this?

    • I want to Beach city transit going to take over the whole 126 portion or they’re just gonna take a portion from Redondo Beach station all the way to Manhattan Beach but if they’re gonna take that portion, then the 209 should just go from Expo Crenshaw all the way to Redondo Beach station or habits like full line. Returned from Wilshire Western all the way to Redondo beach station

    • Restore Line 150 back as a Canoga Station – Universal City route via Ventura Blvd, Line 240 to exclusively Reseda Blvd, and revive Line 245 on Topanga Canyon Blvd and follow current route of Line 169 between Canoga Station and West Hills Hospital.
      Restore Line 2 to Downtown LA and revive old Line 200 to improve consistency.
      Restore Line 68 to Downtown LA and change Line 106 segment between Union Station and Garvey/Atlantic back to Line 70.
      Reroute Line 94 back to San Fernando Rd between Broadway and Brand Blvd.
      Extend Line 152 to Burbank Airport via Tuxford St, Glenoaks Blvd, Hollywood Way due to duplication with Line 224.
      Extend Line 180 to Sierra Madre Villa Station, reroute in both directions to serve Sunset Blvd B Line Station to improve direct connections with Line 182 and 204/754.
      Restore Line 234 to Westside Los Angeles via Skirball, Getty, UCLA.

      • “ Extend Line 180 to Sierra Madre Villa Station, reroute in both directions to serve Sunset Blvd B Line Station to improve direct connections with Line 182 and 204/754.”

        This will likely never happen. Simply put, no one has ever complaint about this. It’s only 1-2 blocks walk at the most to the station and only a block to connect with 204/754.

        Funny thing is, the 204/354 used to connect with the 180/181 back in the Late 80s/Early 90s as I recall the 204/754 turning left on Sunset, right on Normandie, right on Hollywood and then one final right turn back onto Vermont before finally layover that still remains in place today.

    • Hopefully the Metro could consider to revive on the non-Next Generation lines like with revised changes for unconstrained plan as long term:
      – Reroute Rapid Line 761 goes I-405 Fwy (Old Rapid Line 788 used to be) and including new scenario destination between Ventura and Wilshire on the 405 freeway instead of Skirball, Getty, and UCLA.
      – Revive Line 234 for extension to UCLA last stop instead of Sherman Oaks Galleria (weekday only) according the previous comments.
      – Revive Line 68 from East LA College Transit Center to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station Layover (Westlake/Wilshire)
      – Line 106 extension from The Shops At Montebello to Terminal 28 – East Lot (Hill/Venice) or Terminal 25 (Beaudry/4th) instead of Atlantic/Emerson Layover.
      – Reroute Line 70 stays on Garvey from Atlantic (pre-NextGen) instead of Cesar E. Charez. Including Line 70 new extension to Patsaouras Transit Plaza (Union Station) Bay Platform last stop.
      – Extend (new Line 600 series) from El Monte Station to Altadena goes to Santa Anita, Valley, Mission, Del Mar, Huntington, Oak Knoll/Lake (On Both Directions), Mariposa, Santa Rosa and Altadena (weekday only).
      – Extend Line 662 from Del Mar Station to Sierra Madre Villa Station (Including Old Line 264 Altadena – Sierra Madre Villa Station and 687 On Los Robles Ave Between Woodbury And Washington) instead of counter-clockwise.
      – Bring back up to 3 Rapid bus lines some of it for major streets (pre-NextGen) that are reliable and convenient.
      – Revive Line 222 on Barham/Olive with previous last stop on Summitrose / Tinker (pre-NextGen) also last stop extension of Santa Monica/Highland including according Random rider previous comment by extending Line 162 last stop extension to Universal Studio City Station that’s way the Line 222 coverage from old Line 237 coverage by NextGen.
      – Line 90 extension from Historic Broadway Station to Summitrose / Tinker (last stop) for sharing with Line 690.
      – Split Line 155 on Magnolia and create new Line 156 or 153 (or new line number) on Magnolia (from North Hollywood Station – Canoga Station) goes from Fair, Chandler, Lankershim, Magnolia, Sepulveda, Burbank, Ventura, Corbin, Oxnard, and Canoga then layover by Canoga Parking lot
      – Line 155 (pre-NextGen) from Sherman Oaks Galleria to Burbank Station.
      – Extend (new Line 600 series as well) from Glendale Transit Center to North Hollywood Station goes Cerritos, Brand, Colorado, I-5 Fwy, Alameda, Victory, Magnolia, Vineland, Chandler, and Fair (Both Directions).
      – Truncated Line 94 last stop extension to Burbank Station with meetup Line 294 instead of North Hollywood Station on Magnolia.

      • On my previous comments about extending from Glendale Transit Center to North Hollywood Station and I would like to prefer (new express Line 400 or 500 series instead of 600 series) with non-NextGen proposals in the long term unconstrained plan.

    • Have Montebello Line 10 take over most of LACMTA line 18 between Downtown and Montebello. LACMTA Lines 16 and 20/720 on 3rd St and Wilshire Blvd, respectively, are nearest alternatives west of Figueroa Street.

  6. Line 180 – Y’all are usually good about communicating the services changes, but there was confusion by passengers and drivers on Saturday 11/18 when the new signs went up for the 180 change. The signs were changed along Brand Blvd. to show only 92/94, so many were confused. A few days later, the temporary “service changes coming” and “reroute” signs were added to the same stops. I also caught sight of the corresponding changes at Central Ave bus stops. I’m not sure what happened, but a note for future changes – change all the signs simultaneously! Thanks.

  7. The Line 96 did not impacted for renumbered Line 296 on December 2023 Phase 7 service change but it will be happened around Phase 8 or Phase 9 service change as expected. Perharps, the Metro are decided to make proposal with approved for cancel the Metro Micro Transit zone areas of Watts/Compton, LAX/Inglewood, North Hollywood/Burbank, Highland Park/Eagle Rock/Glendale, Altadena/Pasadena/Sierra Madre, and Northwest San Fernando Valley then it will be restore Line 201, 612, 625, 685 including Line 96, 179, 242/243, and 287 extension also modify Line 155, and 287 as well for expected by 2024/2025 draft service change but not too excited yet. Unless the Metro are decided to make proposal without cancellation on the Metro Micro Transit then it could be long term if the low-ridership for Metro Micro Transit area so wait and see on June 2024 board meeting to approve.

    At the event, the Montebello Bus Lines Local 10 is already extension to Cal State LA Transit Center but unfortunately the MBL 10 has to use Cesar E. Charez Ave instead of Floral Drive. Once again, I am afraid that Line 258 is going effective on future service change because the duplication on Eastern Ave and Floral Dr to Cal State LA unless if the low ridership on Floral Dr between Mednik Ave/Monterey Pass Rd and Eastern Ave then restore service on Monterey Pass Rd/Fremont Ave for less bus stop without serving to Cal State LA Transit Center in order to reduce duplication service on Cal State LA . Probably I might ride on Line 258 anytime soon to see the results on ridership of Floral Drive. Also I already know about previous comment on the service change of this website about Floral Drive has duplication service with El Sol Shuttle bus line between Mednik Ave/Monterey Pass Rd and Eastern Ave by certain user of Bill Lam basically the El Sol Shuttle runs every 7 days of week. I do understand due to low-utilize ridership on Monterey Pass Rd (Monterey Park area) on Line 258 because the NextGen Invoke Plan but when it comes the Montebello Bus Line 10 to Cal State LA extension on November 2023 it will be happen on the future service change of Line 258 when if not enough bus capacity on Cal State LA Transit Center because the duplicate service.

    • “Unless the Metro are decided to make proposal without cancellation on the Metro Micro Transit then it could be long term if the low-ridership for Metro Micro Transit area so wait and see on June 2024 board meeting to approve.”

      *sigh* I swear this agency has no idea what it’s doing and instead of continuing to at least experiment with the program (zone jumping, anyone?), they really rather just cancel it, force the few riders to have to readjust their commutes and pretty like nothing happen.

      So glad I don’t work in Glendale anymore. Just a few more years before I leave the U.S. for good. It’s clear that Metro has no idea what to do at this point with this nextgen failure.

      • Totally agreed, that the Metro are decided to cancel the Metro Micro Transit zone areas of Watts/Compton, LAX/Inglewood, North Hollywood/Burbank, Highland Park/Eagle Rock/Glendale, Altadena/Pasadena/Sierra Madre, and Northwest San Fernando Valley then it will restore some previous LACMTA bus lines of pre-NextGen before 2020-2021 as it is.

        “It’s clear that Metro has no idea what to do at this point with this nextgen failure.” You are right about the Metro has caused reduced ridership and force the riders take local bus lines frequently without skipping stops for example, removing the previous Rapid Line back in 2020-2021 service change is unreliable due to NextGen Invoke results. By the way, that’s how I am not supporting of the Next Generation Invoke changes.

        It is clear that I haven’t riding on this agency for since 5 months ago because the public safety concern in case.

    • If I can recall, Line 684’s proposal was scrapped because the layover at Lincoln/Cypress was too complicated, and the proposed Line 296 was supposed to end at the same spot. Given the fact the scrapped Line 684 was replaced by Line 251’s extension, it is safe to say Line 296’s proposal will most likely be scrapped as well. In my opinion, it makes more sense for Line 96 to end at Union Station instead of renumbering to Line 296 away from DTLA and terminating at a station with lower utilization.

      • Totally agreed, I would like to keep Line 96 of Cesar E. Charez Ave/Main St as it is but Line 96 would end extension to Patsaouras Transit Plaza (Union Station) Bay Platform areas it sounds reasonable and convenient instead of Line 296 end extension to Lincoln/Cypress Station. The Metro should be revised on the draft service change on Line 96 instead of Line 296. The reason is Line 296 Lincoln/Cypress Station end extension starting from Avenue 26, turns right Humboldt Street, left on Ave 21, left on Pasadena Ave then back to Ave 26 and problem is don’t see the layover that’s how I recall about the NextGen Plan Line 96 renumbering to Line 296 (Lincoln/Cypress Station) instead of Downtown Los Angeles is wasting for resources. You are right about that “instead of renumbering to Line 296 away from DTLA and terminating at a station with lower utilization.” that’s right about the Line 296 are rejected same as Line 684 for opinion.

        • The other benefit of the 96 going to Patsaouras Transit Plaza is that then the LA Zoo will have a direct connection to regional rail lines. It’s really not that far to walk from the 96 current terminal to Union Station, but do you want families with kids to have to find a random bus stop with no shelters in front of possibly the most expensive gas station in LA? This is an example of low-hanging fruit that could substantially improve Line 96 ridership.

          • Well said, I would like keep Cesar E. Charez/Main layover as it is when walk along Alameda to Union Station is not too far away by according to you but yes I have been since few years ago and I know everything. “But do you want families with kids to have to find a random bus stop with no shelters in front of possibly the most expensive gas station in LA?” My response to you is very critical basically, I wish on Cesar E. Charez / Main Layover would have a shelters but unfortunately not so obviously for example, to build shelters on Cesar E. Charez/Main layover bus stops so personally it was unconstrained bus stop improvement plan. I am not trying to misgiving and convince that was a random rider opinion to extend Union Station via Patsaouras Transit Plaza last stop.

          • Line 96 takes 50 minutes one way on weekends, I think they just ran out of time. Ending it at Chinatown station directly makes sense but forces a transfer to the A Line. There is no great way to speed up the route and running it every 65-70 minutes violates the NextGen principles. Ultimately as traffic gets worse (1-2% decline in traffic speeds every year) I think they will have to end it at Chinatown, or find a layover on the south side of Lincoln/Cypress station. More of the 90 series routes should end at Lincoln/Cypress but where does the bus lay over?