By Joe Linton, December 12, 2014
Cutting the ribbon on new Valley-Westside bus service. Left to right:
Metro CEO Art Leahy, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Paul Krekorian,
and SFV Metro Service Council Chair Michael Cano.
Starting this Sunday, Metro is introducing its new Valley-Westside Express bus line
that takes advantage of the recently-widened 405 Freeway’s new
high-occupancy vehicle lanes. The new line runs from Pacoima to
Westwood, with stops at the Van Nuys Metrolink Station and the Metro
Orange Line’s Van Nuys and Sepulveda stations. The full map of the new service is after the jump below.
Metro Board members celebrated the new service at a press event this morning at the Metro Orange Line Sepulveda station.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian proclaimed that the new
service will make it “easier, faster, and more convenient” to travel
between Los Angeles communities. Krekorian also pledged that this is
“just one step of many for the Valley” and that he is committed to
making the Metro Orange Line run faster and adding to its capacity, and
“increas[ing] rail in the San Fernando Valley.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recalled riding the RTD bus to West
L.A. when he was growing up in the Valley. Garcetti touted the time
savings on the new line, which is anticipated to save 20 minutes
compared to current Metro bus service.
On Sunday December 14, a bundle of Metro service changes [PDF]
take effect. Mostly, the agency is making minor changes, a euphemism
for small cuts and consolidations, including reducing bus frequency on
portions of a number of lines. Most prominent among the changes are a
handful of San Fernando Valley Rapid/express bus services are being
re-tooled, details here.