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Metro Details Upcoming Cuts, Changes to Several Bus Lines

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The time has nearly come for Metro to implement some bus service changes and cuts approved by the transit agency back in March. Explaining that the changes will "improve the efficiency and effectiveness of bus service through better use of resources," Metro has released details about the bus lines that will be discontinued, as well as increased service on some other lines, all of which go into effect June 26th.

The basics:

Five weekday bus lines will be discoutinued (Lines 247, 335, 445, 634 and 902) and weekend service on five lines will be discontinued (Lines 485, 751, 757, 760 and 794). New Line 180 bus shuttle replaces Line 485 late night service and Metro will increase bus service on Lines 35, 60, 94, 205, 207, 251, 450X and the Metro Silver Line.

Metro has been championing its rail service lately, and points to decreased ridership on their bus lines as being one reason for making cuts.

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With a goal of increasing ridership overall, Metro recently announced they were not only rolling back the Day Pass price to $5, but will also, at long last, use rolling dates for monthly and weekly passes. Those changes will happen in August.

Here are the full details of the bus line changes, via Metro:

2/302 Downtown LA-Pacific Palisades via Sunset Bl
New eastern short line terminal will be implemented in Echo Park at Sunset Bl & Alvarado St. Select trips will continue to operate into Downtown LA, along with frequent lines 4 & 704. Owl service is unchanged. 4 Downtown LA-West LA-Santa Monica via Santa Monica Bl
Service between City of Santa Monica and West LA will operate only after the last scheduled Line 704 trips to Santa Monica. Passengers with destinations west of Sepulveda Bl before that time may use Line 704 select trips or Big Blue Bus Line 1. Owl service is unchanged.

20 Downtown LA-Santa Monica via Wilshire Bl
Service between the City of Santa Monica and Westwood will operate only after the last scheduled Big Blue Bus Line 2 trips to Santa Monica. Passengers with destinations west of Westwood Bl before that time may use Line 720 select trips or Big Blue Bus Line 2. Owl service is unchanged.

26 Hollywood-Compton-Artesia Transit Center via Avalon Bl
Discontinue service on Virgil Av and reallocate resources to enhance lines 51/52/352. Patrons with destinations north of 7th St may ride Line 51/52/352 to Wilshire/Vermont and transfer to Lines 204, 754, Metro Red Line or use Line 10, 14 or 16 from Downtown LA.

35/335 Downtown LA-Washington/Fairfax via Washington Bl
Discontinue limited stop Line 335 and reallocate resources to enhance Line 35 local service.

38 17th/Broadway-Washington/Fairfax via West Jefferson Bl
Prior to 9pm daily, first and last stop in Downtown LA relocated to Broadway & Venice Bl from 17th St & Broadway and 18th St & Broadway. Additionally, service after 9pm will operate on Broadway between 18th & 8th Sts instead of Olive St/Grand Av and 8th/9th Sts. Late night transfer connections remain at Spring & 7th Sts.

94/794 Downtown LA-Sun Valley via San Fernando Rd
Discontinue weekend Line 794 service and improve Line 94 service from Line 794 resources. Extend Line 94 route to Sylmar Station on weekends.

96 Downtown LA-Sherman Oaks via Riverside Dr, LA Zoo & 155 Universal City-Burbank Station via Riverside Dr-Alameda Av
Shorten Line 96 northern terminal at Burbank Station. Modify Line 155 route to replace canceled Line 96 segment between Burbank Station & Sherman Oaks. Service operates on Olive Av instead of Alameda Av in the Media District and extends via Riverside Dr to Sherman Oaks. Line 155 will operate on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays using Line 96 frequencies.

121 Rosa Parks Station-Whittwood Mall via Imperial Hwy
Renumber Line 121 as Line 120. Line 120 will operate from Metro Green Line Aviation/LAX Station to Whittwood Mall via Imperial Hwy.

176 Highland Park-El Monte Station via Mission St & Mission Dr & 287 El Monte Station-The Shops at Montebello via Tyler Av & Rush St
Combine Line 287 with Line 176 at El Monte Station. Frequency on both lines will be 45 minutes, all day. Lines 176 and 287 will both serve Bay 6.

180 Hollywood-Glendale-Pasadena via Los Feliz Bl & Colorado Bl
New late night shuttle service on Lake Av between Colorado Bl and Altadena Dr, providing connections with Metro Gold Line Lake Station. Shuttle will operate daily.

205 Imperial/Wilmington Station-San Pedro via Wilmington Av, Vermont Av & Western Av
In San Pedro, extend service on 1st St and 7th St to Harbor Bl. Service on Pacific Av between1st and 7th Sts discontinued.

207 Athens - Hollywood via Western Av
Begin operation of articulated 60-foot buses to provide added capacity. Select trips extended to Metro Green Line Crenshaw Station on weekdays, all trips extended on weekends and Holidays.

210 South Bay Galleria - Hollywood via Crenshaw Bl
First southbound stop moved from Argyle Av & Hollywood Bl to Hollywood Bl & Vine St.

217 Vermont/Sunset-Fairfax/Washington via Hollywood Bl & Fairfax Av
Discontinue service east of Metro Red Line Hollywood/Vine Station. Additional service east of Hollywood/Vine provided by Lines 180, 181, 780 or Metro Red Line. Owl service will continue to operate to Metro Red Line Vermont/Sunset Station.

230 Sylmar Station-Studio City via Laurel Canyon Bl & 634 Mission College-Sylmar Station via Hubbard Av/St
Combine Line 634 route with Line 230 to Mission College, eliminating a transfer. Line 634 will be cancelled.

247 San Pedro-Artesia Transit Center via Pacific Av, Harbor Bl, Avalon Bl
Discontinue service. Line 205 extended east on 1st and 7th Sts to provide connections to Harbor Bl.

442 Downtown LA-Hawthorne Station via Manchester Bl
Discontinue service upon completion of new Line 115 stop at Manchester Harbor Transitway Station. (Expected by August 2011).

445 San Pedro-Union Station via Pacific Av, First St, Harbor Beacon Park Ride Lot & Harbor Transitway
Discontinue service and replace with extended Line 450X to San Pedro on weekday peak period trips. Off-peak and weekend service operates between San Pedro and Artesia Transit Center, providing connections with Metro Silver Line.

450X Artesia Transit Center-Downtown LA via Harbor Transitway
Extend selected peak period trips to San Pedro and operate mid-day and weekend service between Artesia Transit Center and San Pedro.

485 Altadena-Downtown LA via Lake Av. & El Monte Busway
Operate Line 485 from Altadena Dr & Lake Av to Patsaouras Transit Plaza (Union Station) between the hours of 6am and 9pm with a frequency of 40 minutes at peak hours and 60 minutes off-peak, weekdays only. Discontinue Saturday and Sunday service. Late night weekday service on Lake Av provided by new Line 180 shuttle.

487 Downtown LA-Sierra Madre Villa Station-El Monte
Modify route in East Pasadena to operate along Foothill Bl between San Gabriel Bl & Halsted St. Service along San Gabriel Bl/Sierra Madre Bl between Foothill Bl & Sierra Madre Villa Av is discontinued. Use Line 264 on Altadena Dr or Line 268 on Orange Grove Bl for nearby alternate service.

577X El Monte Station-Downtown Long Beach via I-605 Fwy
Move southern terminal to CSULB/VA Hospital. For service west of the VA Hospital, transfer on 7th St to Long Beach Transit Lines 91, 92, 93, 94 and 96.

612 South Gate Shuttle
Operate service hourly.

705 West Hollywood-Vernon via La Cienega Bl & Vernon Av
Implement new stop at La Cienega Bl and Olympic Bl to provide connections with lines 28, 728 and La Cienega Park.

751 Cypress Park-Huntington Park via Soto St
Discontinue Saturday service and reallocate resources to enhance Line 251 service.

757 Hollywood-Hawthorne via Western Av
Discontinue weekend service and reallocate resources to enhance Line 207 service. Begin operation of 40-foot buses. First southbound stop relocated from Western Av & Russell Av to Western Av & Hollywood Bl.

760 Downtown LA-Artesia Station via Long Beach Bl
Discontinue service south of Metro Green Line; discontinue Sunday service and augment Line 60 service. Patrons destined south of the Green Line may take Line 60 to complete their trip.

902 Pacoima-North Hollywood Station via Van Nuys Bl & Burbank Bl
Discontinue demonstration service. Alternate service available on Line 233 or Line 761 and transferring to Metro Orange Line to the Metro Red Line North Hollywood Station.

Metro Silver Line --El Monte-Los Angeles-Artesia Transit Center
Service improved on the Harbor Transitway to run every 15 minutes weekday mid-day and every 40 minutes on Saturday.

Lines 40/42, 704 and 728 will now provide direct service into the Patsaouras Transit Plaza (Union Station) in Downtown LA.

In addition, minor schedule changes to the frequency of buses will be made to other lines.

Patrons should look for revised timetables on or on buses.