Los Angeles County Metro is rolling out service changes this Sunday June 17 on bus lines throughout its system. The transportation agency says it’s rerouting more than a dozen bus lines to improve passenger connections with the Expo light rail line.
During May, that train’s first full month in service, about 11,000 riders hopped aboard. Metro officials hope to boost that number with the bus route changes and the opening June 20 of two new stops at Farmdale and Culver City.
Metro plans to discontinue lines including the 305 between Willowbrook in South L.A. County and Westwood and the 439 between downtown L.A. and the Culver City Transit Center. It’s also eliminating some stops on certain routes — for example, the 762 between Pasadena and Artesia Station won’t stop north of Colorado and Fair Oaks boulevards after Sunday.
The transit agency has publicized the imminent changes at its customer service centers, on its website metro.net, in notices on trains and buses and across the top of buses, alternating with the route number and destination. The smartphone app Nextrip also includes an alert that the changes will take place on Sunday.
But anecdotal reports — including onboard interviews with KPCC’s Corey Moore — indicate that many Metro riders don’t know about the coming changes.