Southern California breaking news and trends

Megabus returns to LA, expands service in time for holiday travel

megabus returns to los angeles

Photo via Facebook.com/megabus.com.officialpage

Angelenos will have a busload of new holiday travel options this year. Megabus.com — the low-cost, express bus service that briefly rolled through Los Angeles in 2007 — will be returning next month with expanded operations across California and Nevada 

Los Angeles will be one of the new West Coast hubs, and beginning Dec. 12, the wheels on the city-to-city bus will go round-and-round from Union Station...

To the following locations: 

  • Las Vegas
  • Oakland
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose 

With the following amenities: 

  • No charge for the first checked bag
  • Free onboard Wi-Fi
  • At-seat power outlets
  • Single and double decker buses
  • Bathrooms
  • Panoramic views

        Travel times will vary depending on day of the week and time of day. Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas, for example, ranges from just over five hours, to just under six and a half hours. 

        Read More...

        Metro bus driver attacked at the wheel; passengers grab suspect

        metro bus busses mta

        Photo by Metro Transportation Library and Archive via Flickr Creative Commons

        A Metro bus driver was attacked at the wheel early Monday morning, according to officials. The incident occured near LAX just before 2:30 a.m.

        Metropolitan Transportation Authority representative Rick Jager told the AP that the bus driver was struck on the head multiple times by a male passenger who tried to take control the wheel. The attack was stopped by several passengers who grabbed the alleged assailant. 

        The suspect, along with a number of passengers, hit the windshield when the driver applied the brakes during the scuffle. 

        About a dozen passengers were on board at the time of the attack. One was treated for cuts; the suspect was was treated for leg pain and arrested on suspicion of carjacking. 

        A motive for the episode was not immediately clear.

        In May, Metro bus driver Alan Thomas was killed in a shotgun attack on a West Hollywood route after a passenger allegedly pulled a weapon from a suitcase shortly after boarding the vehicle.

        Read More...

        Bus Riders Union gearing up for City Hall protest

        Bus Riders Union

        Rina Palta / KPCC

        The Bus Rides Union in Los Angeles held a protest against service cuts Wednesday at City Hall.

        Members of L.A.'s Bus Riders Union were amassing on the steps of City Hall Wednesday morning for a noon protest against the million hours of transit service they say have been cut over the past four years.

        Organizer Michelle Lopez said the group's plan was twofold: asking Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to help restore services and seeking the attention of President Barack Obama, who Lopez said should treat access to public transit as a civil right.

        "Everyone uses the bus, workers, students, right?" Lopez said. "And we pay for that service. But right now, the MTA is not giving us the service we're paying for. So bus riders, can't rely on any bus right now, because they're late, they're overcrowded, and that's all because of the service cuts that have been happening. "

        Minorities and low-income Angelinos have been the most affected by transit cuts, Lopez said.

        Read More...

        Suspect pulled shotgun from suitcase in Metro bus killing, says D.A.

        metro shooting west hollywood

        Photo via NBC LA

        The scene in West Hollywood on Sunday after a bus driver was shot by a passenger. On Tuesday, Anthony Craig Chambers, 41, was charged with special circumstance murder.

        The L.A. County District Attorney filed charges Tuesday against 41-year-old suspect Anthony Craig Chambers for the fatal shooting of 51-year-old Metro bus driver Alan Thomas.

        Thomas had just steered the bus onto Santa Monica Boulevard out of a layover area at La Cienega Boulevard when he was attacked on Sunday morning.

        Shortly after boarding around 9 a.m., the defendant allegedly pulled a shotgun from a suitcase, approached the victim and shot him twice, according to the D.A.'s news release.

        Chambers was arrested near the scene. Thomas was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he died around 9:30 a.m.

        For lying in wait, Chambers was charged Tuesday with special circumstance murder. He was also charged with murder of transportation personnel, and there was a special allegation of personal use of a firearm. 

        Read More...

        Suspect named in fatal shooting of Metro bus driver in WeHo

        metro shooting west hollywood

        Photo via NBC LA

        The scene in West Hollywood on Sunday after a bus driver was shot by a passenger. On Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Anthony Craig Chambers, 41, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

        Authorities have a suspect name but no motive for the fatal shooting of a bus driver in West Hollywood over the weekend.

        LA County sheriff's investigators have identified 41-year-old Anthony Chambers of Los Angeles as a suspect in the Sunday morning shooting.

        Chambers was booked for investigation of murder and is being held Monday on $1 million bail. Authorities believe Chambers and the bus driver were the only people on the Metro bus at the time of the shooting. The victim was reportedly hit in the torso.

        Witnesses told investigators they saw Chambers climb out of a bus window and run down the street. He was reportedly arrested soon after.

        The driver was identified Monday as 51-year-old Alan Thomas, a five-year veteran, according to the L.A. Times.

        Thomas had just steered the bus onto Santa Monica Boulevard out of a layover area at La Cienega Boulevard when he was attacked, said Metro spokesperson Marc Littman, NBC LA reports.

        Read More...