LOS ANGELES - Metro bus service will return to pre-pandemic levels today, with service added on dozens of bus lines.
L.A. Metro initially planned a return to pre-pandemic levels in September 2022, then December 2021, but the date was moved to September 2021 thanks to $1.6 billion allocated to the L.A. region's transit systems from the federal American Rescue Plan. While service returns Sunday to the same 7 million annualized service hours, which was the level before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the network is not the exact same as it was pre-pandemic due to Metro implementing its NextGen Bus Plan service improvements since December 2020.
Effective this week, additional trips every day of the week were added to bus lines 2, 4, 16, 33, 45, 55, 70, 76, 92, 110, 117, 152, 162, 165, 169, 206, 212, 224, 242/243, 246, 258, 602 and 690.
Additional trips on weekdays were added to bus lines 10, 14, 28, 40, 51, 53, 78/79, 81, 90, 108, 111, 115, 120, 127, 150, 161, 164, 166, 204, 230, 233, 234, 236, 237, 240, 251, 256, 344, 550, 662, 720, 754, 761, 901 and 910.
Additional trips on Saturday and Sundays were added to bus lines 154, 155 and 210.
Other changes beginning Sunday include:
-- line 704 was combined with line 4 to create one high-frequency service for Santa Monica Boulevard;
-- line 30 was rerouted via First Street, Judge John Aiso Street, Temple Street, Vignes Street and First Street due to construction related to the Regional Connector project;
-- line 733 was combined with line 33 to create one high-frequency service for Venice Boulevard;
-- line 106 was extended via Marengo Street, Mission Road, Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Alameda Street, Los Angles Street, Temple Street and First Street to service downtown Los Angeles, including Union Station and Little Tokyo. The line will not longer service State Street;
-- line 152 was extended to visit West Hills Medical Center on all trips via Roscoe Boulevard and Fallbrook Avenue;
-- line 162 was extended to West Hills Medical Center during the evening; and
-- line 222 was extended from Hollywood Burbank Airport to Roscoe Boulevard/Tuxford Street. For a full list of service changes enacted Sunday, people can visit metro.net/mybus.
Metro also added a new Northwest San Fernando Valley zone to its Metro Micro program. The zone includes parts of Chatsworth, Northridge, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch. People can use it to access California State University, Northridge; the Northridge Fashion Center, parks, hiking trails, Metro's G (Orange) Line and Metrolink's regional rail service.
Metro Micro's Watts/Willowbrook and Compton/Artesia Zones were also merged into one larger zone, the Watts/Compton zone.
The Metro Micro program, which began as a partnership with RideCo Inc., offers rides for $1 through February 2022. Each ride-hailing vehicle holds up to 10 passengers, and a person's trip must start and end within the
Riders can use a mobile app to plan their trip, including on Metro
Micro and bus and train rides. The average wait time is about 10 minutes,
according to Metro's website.