June 23 service changes: improvements to many bus lines and service upgrades in San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys

Our next round of twice-yearly service changes begins on Sunday, June 23. We’re making changes to a variety of bus routes to improve service based on feedback from customers, bus operators and data reviewed by our bus service planning and scheduling staff.   

To our riders in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys – we heard you and we’ve made several service enhancements in your areas.  

All changes are here along with maps and schedules: http://metro.net/mybus 

Many of the changes are designed so that our schedules will better reflect actual travel times — which we think will mean less time waiting for buses. We’re also adjusting service levels slightly on many bus lines to better match ridership. Changes will impact these bus lines — with some changes to first and last bus times: 

Weekdays: 2, 4, 14, 20, 28, 33, 37, 51, 66, 78, 81, 90, 92, 102, 108, 110, 111, 120, 158, 161, 169, 182, 206, 210, 211, 212, 215, 217, 222, 232, 234, 237, 256, 260, 265, 266, 267, 268, 294, 577, 602, 605, 611, 662, 665, 720, 761, 910, 950 

Saturdays: 4, 20, 28, 33, 45, 51, 53, 55, 78, 81, 90, 92, 102, 108, 110, 111, 120, 125, 165, 169, 180, 182, 204, 206, 207, 210, 212, 222, 232, 234, 256, 265, 266, 267, 268, 602, 605, 662, 665, 720, 910, 950 

Sundays: 4, 20, 28, 33, 45, 51, 53, 55, 66, 78, 81, 90, 92, 102, 108, 110, 111, 120, 125, 165, 180, 182, 204, 206, 207, 210, 212, 232, 234, 256, 265, 266, 267, 268, 602, 605, 662, 665, 720, 910, 950 

We’re also adding trips on some lines at peak travel times to provide more capacity and bus service that attracts more riders. Trips will be added on weekdays for Line 14 (Beverly Blvd.), Line 81 (Figueroa St.), Line 152 (Roscoe Blvd.), Line 165 (Vanowen St.), Line 166 (Nordhoff St.) and Line 243 (Winnetka Ave.) and on Saturday for Line 62 (Telegraph Rd.), 

We’re discontinuing a limited number of very low ridership trips on various lines to reinvest in added service on our system to improve frequency, reliability and access. The following lines will see a small reduction in the number of trips (between one and five) as Metro aligns service levels with actual ridership: 

Weekdays: 18, 40, 51, 60, 66, 78, 90, 106, 108, 111, 152, 164, 166, 207, 210, 224, 230, 234, 240, 246, 487, 605, 761     

Saturdays: 55, 106, 108, 111, 204, 207, 210, 246, 605 

Sundays: 55, 106, 108, 111, 204, 207, 210, 246, 251, 605 

The following lines will see a small reduction in numbers of trips that impacts the first or last trips as Metro matches weekday and/or weekend service levels with actual ridership: Lines 35, 38, 127, 150, 154, 155, 169, 177, 179, 202, 205, 211, 215, 218, 222, 242, 243, 244, 256, 258, 287, 294, 577, 601, 611, 617, 660, 662, 665 

As we mentioned above, please see http://metro.net/mybus for any changes to your bus line.  

Below is a list of bus lines with route or frequency changes.  

Gateway Cities 

Line 265 on Paramount Boulevard will increase service from every 60 minutes to every 40 to 45 minutes on weekdays.​  

San Fernando Valley

Line 152 on Roscoe Boulevard and Line 166 on Nordhoff Street will begin operating service every 10 minutes during the busiest part of weekday peak hours — for both eastbound and westbound trips. There will be seven new trips on Line 152 and eight on Line 166. 

Line 158 will add extra trips from the southern terminal at Moorpark & Van Nuys to Van Nuys & Woodman. That will increase weekday frequency from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes on the core segment of Line 158 along Woodman.​  

Line 165 on Vanowen Street will add two additional eastbound trips during weekday afternoon peak hours.  

Line 169 on Saticoy Street will add an extra weekday trip during the morning peak westbound and in the afternoon peak hours between Hollywood Burbank Airport and West Hills Medical Center — resulting in service every 30 minutes. 

San Gabriel Valley 

Line 76’s route will be modified to provide faster trips to and from downtown Los Angeles. As part of the change, Line 76 will have new stops along Alameda Street to connect to Little Tokyo and the Arts District, as well as a stop at the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station that serves the A & E Lines. As a result, Line 76 will discontinue stopping at Vignes Street & Cesar Chavez.  

Line 267 will be extended from Pasadena to Altadena, replacing Line 686 on Colorado Boulevard and Allen Avenue. Operating hours will be extended until 9:00 p.m. to maintain the same hours of service with frequency increasing from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes on weekdays on the former Line 686 segment between Pasadena and Altadena. 

Line 268 will restore bus service to the City of Sierra Madre by extending the route to Sierra Madre Boulevard via Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue. This will replace using Foothill Boulevard to travel to and from the A Line’s Sierra Madre Villa Station. The route change will also add a connection to the El Monte Metrolink Station via Tyler Avenue, Valley Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue. Metro Micro rideshare service will continue to be available in this area. 

South Bay 

Line 108 in the City of Commerce on Eastern Avenue will move its northbound layover location to Harbor Street due to Eastern Avenue being restored to two traffic lanes in each direction. 

Westside/Central LA 

Line 81 will relocate the northbound terminal at Eagle Rock Plaza from eastbound on Colorado Boulevard at Eagle Dale Avenue to across the street on westbound Colorado Boulevard at Eagle Dale Avenue. This change is necessary to accommodate the extension of Line 217 (see below) to Eagle Rock Plaza. This change will see two Line 81 stops relocate to near Eagle Rock Plaza. Two additional trips are being added to Line 81 on weekday afternoons to accommodate increasing ridership. ​  

Line 217 will extend from Vermont/Hollywood to Eagle Rock via Glendale to make it easier and faster to travel between Mid-City and Hollywood in L.A. and Glendale. Lines 180 and 217 will each be scheduled to operate every 12 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends with coordinated schedules to maximize frequency on the parts of their routes that overlap between Hollywood and Glendale. 

Line 602 will add a new layover location in Westwood at Kinross & Weyburn. The stop at Wilshire Boulevard and Veteran Avenue will be discontinued because buses will no longer be able to travel through the federal GSA building parking lot.  

Line 20 and Line 720 eastbound trips that begin in Westwood will use Veteran Avenue, Santa Monica Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard to reach Wilshire Boulevard, as they will no longer be able to travel through the federal GSA building parking lot. In Santa Monica, westbound Lines 20 and 720 will use 7th Street to avoid congestion from roadworks on Lincoln Blvd. 

12 replies

  1. thank you for adding a 720 bus stop near my house! 😀
    helps me visit my sister at college more easily.

  2. I don’t think the Metro is already to renumbered Line 296 to Lincoln /Cypress Blue (A Line) Station on both directions. According to Not A Random Rider said ” the layover at Lincoln/Cypress was too complicated” I totally agreed with the topic because the . But I disagree with the off topic “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” so that’s how the Transit Rider is not gone over the layover at Lincoln/Cypress with investigate and I am not trying to insist the Transit Rider.

    I think more better convenient idea to provide one seat connections to discontinued Lines 96 and 605. How about the Line 296 extension to Grande Vista Avenue/Olympic Blvd Layover with connections to Blue (A) and Gold (E) Lines. Line 296 (Burbank Station – Olympic / Grande Vista Layover) on both directions that will be reasonable to expand the services. Line 296 northbound side of Grande Vista Ave, 8th St, Lorena St, 4th St, Soto Street, 1st St, State St, Marengo St/Daly St, Ave 26, Figueroa St, Riverside Dr/Crystal Springs Dr, Zoo Drive, Riverside Dr/Victory Bl, Alameda Ave, Glenoaks Blvd, Verdugo Avenue and Front St. Line 296 southbound side of Front St, Verdugo Ave, Glenoaks Blvd, Alameda Av, Victory Bl/Riverside Dr, Zoo Dr, Crystal Springs Drive/Riverside Dr, Figueroa Street, Ave 26, Daly St/Marengo St, State Street, 1st St, Soto St, 4th St, Lorena St, Olympic Blvd and Grande Vista Ave. Line 296 (Burbank – Grande Vista/Olympic Layover) will be future unconstrained plan instead of serving last stop at Lincoln/Cypress Station. Also not just only low-hanging fruit that could substantially improve Line 96 ridership but the low-hanging fruit that could substantially improve Line 605 ridership as well.

    • I mean that I forgot the comments about topic of because the stop layover at Lincoln / Cypress Blue (A Line) Station is not enough room with capacity. I like to see Line 296 to provide one seat connection from Burbank to Grande Vista / Olympic Layover on both directions to merge Lines 96 and 605 for marked as unconstrained plan but unless Line 96 and 605 low ridership demand. If not renumbered Line 296 then it will be scrapped Line 296 just like Line 684 according to Not A Random Rider but so far no update to renumbered the bus lines.

  3. if people want the rapids back it would have to take a outcry of people complaining to the metro board about such changes. that’s the only way it seems to get things changed

    • Rapids are not going to come back due to the change of the service qualities that are needed. The current rapids that still exist are there because of the high service corridors that they are operating on (Wilshire, Vermont, Van Nuys-Westwood). The rapid services on the other streets/lines that where there didn’t create sufficient time savings over the local services that operated underneath them. Once the Purple “D” Line is finished, the rapid 720 on Wilshire is planned to be replaced by a higher service level of the 20 line (Maybe the 320 limited returns) as far as Western or Vermont from the beach.

      • what cripples the rapids are the time points. implementing a set headway system like the line 16 would improve speeds of rapids. while I understand the eventual canceling of the 720 I can’t understand the thought process of taking rapids away from other corridors like venice, whittier, and santa monica blvd. it just seems backwards to me

  4. I’m happy to see Line 268 being restored to Sierra Madre. Even though ridership within that area is low, I’m happy to see at least one bus line serving that area again. There is one segment that is abandoned that had a pretty healthy amount of ridership and that’s Line 51 on 7th St between Hoover and Vermont. I hope Metro can restore service on 7th Wt west of Alvarado to Vermont even as if it was for select trips for Line 51.

  5. “Line 217 will extend from Vermont/Hollywood to Eagle Rock via Glendale to make it easier and faster to travel between Mid-City and Hollywood in L.A. and Glendale. Lines 180 and 217 will each be scheduled to operate every 12 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends with coordinated schedules to maximize frequency on the parts of their routes that overlap between Hollywood and Glendale.”

    Literally doing anything but bring back the 780 which was already doing this and actually operated at faster speeds east and west or Hollywood.

    Also, you’re not fooling anyone with the wording here. Yes, there will still be 6-7 min frequencies between Hollywood and Glendale, but outside that coverage area service frequency will actually be worse. If you wanted to create a better connection, extending the 754 with the legacy 780 stops to Glendale Galleria would have been a much better trope here. Why this hasn’t been done especially when historically there’s a huge drop off of ridership at Hollywood/Vermont is beyond me.

    • Yup, it’s ridiculous of Metro to gloss over the service reduction west of Vine but particularly along Fairfax, even if it’s small. Very sly of them. Chipping away at bus lines without any nearby parallel rapid transit alternative through such a central part of LA (untill the K line is extended) is bizzare and out of touch. As for the 780 not being restored, this is par for the course as it seems Metro has no desire to even do any sort of stop consolidation which had been widely proposed accross the bus system for the “next gen bus plan”. The elimination of most of the rapids was supposed to occur only because of said consolidation proposals for the local lines, which for some unannounced reason just wasn’t ever done. So now we’re just stuck with local only buses with no signal priority that have stops every 0.25 miles or even more in some cases. Cool…

  6. This is great, at least the 267 and the 268 will service better, now we have going up and down Allen Ave for weekdays 30 minutes instead of an hour and then the 268 goes to Sierra Madre still will be an hour frequency for the time being but I guess it is better than no service in Sierra Madre.

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