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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What you need to know about the new bus service connecting the San Fernando, San Gabriel Valleys

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20160229/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-bus-service-connecting-the-san-fernando-san-gabriel-valleys

By Kevin Smith, February 29, 2016



 Michael D. Antonovich, L.A. County Supervisor, Metro Board member, left, Eric Garcetti, L.A. Mayor, Metro Board Member, Phil Washington, Metro CEO speaking at podium, Ara Najarian, Mayor of Glendale, Metro Board Member, and John Fasana, Duarte City Council and Metro Board member. San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley stakeholders launch the new

Michael D. Antonovich, L.A. County Supervisor, Metro Board member, left, Eric Garcetti, L.A. Mayor, Metro Board Member, Phil Washington, Metro CEO speaking at podium, Ara Najarian, Mayor of Glendale, Metro Board Member, and John Fasana, Duarte City Council and Metro Board member. San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley stakeholders launch the new "NoHo to Pasadena  Express" pilot bus line on March 1. The new express line will connect the Metro Red/Orange Lines in North Hollywood with the Metro Gold Line in Pasadena via 134 carpool lanes, making it possible to travel by transit between the two valley without having to through downtown L.A. Express bus makes limited stops i Burbank's Media District and downtown Glendale, two  major Valley job centers and provide connections to Bob Hope Airport from North Hollywood.



Transit officials and a group of elected representatives gathered Monday in Pasadena to unveil a pilot bus service that will ferry passengers between North Hollywood and Pasadena, offering easier access to rail lines and other key destinations in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s “NoHo to Pasadena Express,” also referred to as Line 501, will operate seven days a week utilizing carpool lanes on the 134 Freeway. Rides will be offered every 15 minutes during peak hours and every half hour during off-peak periods with a base fare of $2.50.

Travel times between North Hollywood and Pasadena are expected to be about 50 minutes during peak traffic times and 35 to 40 minutes during off-peak hours.

The express line will connect the Metro Red/Orange light-rail lines in North Hollywood and the Metro Gold Line in Pasadena, with limited stops in Burbank’s Media District and northern downtown Glendale.

“Today the missing link is no longer missing,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who is also a Metro board member. “The San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley are going to be connected. Everyone will have a better opportunity to have less congested highways and freeways when they go to work, to their entertainment, to the doctor or wherever they want to go.”

Antonovich joined with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, Metro CEO Phil Washington and others to launch the new line. The event was held Monday morning at Central Park in Pasadena, which is located across the street from the Del Mar Metro Gold Line Station.

The six-month pilot project is expected to cost $1.2 million to operate with an anticipated average daily ridership of 1,500 by the end of the six-month period.

“This is a very exciting moment for all of us because today we link together that thing that connects all of us,” said Garcetti, who also serves on the Metro board. “With this bus line we will offer the people of Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Los Angeles, North Hollywood and all of the surrounding communities that are close by a new way to cut your commute times.”

The new bus line will also link up with other municipal bus operators heading to Burbank Bob Hope Airport, Santa Clarita, downtown Burbank and a variety of local connections in Glendale and Pasadena.

Line 501 will make station stops at NoHo Station, Hollywood Way and Olive Avenue in Burbank, Buena Vista Street and Alameda Avenue in Burbank, Goode Avenue and Brand (westbound) and Sanchez and Brand (eastbound in Glendale), and the Gold Line’s Memorial Park and Del Mar stations in Pasadena.

“This line is the key,” said Najarian, also a Metro board member. “It might be small — it might just be a thin line that’s on our Metro transit maps — but it’s a connection that’s going to make everything work.”

The unveiling of the NoHo to Pasadena Express comes in tandem with this Saturday’s opening of the Metro Gold Line extension, which extends the Gold Line another 11.5 miles between eastern Pasadena and Azusa.

“It’s not every day that a transit agency opens a new bus line and a new rail line at the same time,” Washington said. “I was talking to the Pasadena mayor earlier and we were taking about exceeding all ridership projections. I think we will on this Gold Line Extension and also with this connection between the two valleys. We are investing taxpayers dollars wisely with improvements planned throughout the region. We are going to pull out all the stops in terms of Metro and working with the various cities and the stops to market this line. We think we will exceed that 1,500 average weekday boardings.”

Tornek said Line 501 will funnel more people into the city who will be drawn by Pasadena’s restaurants, multi-family housing, museums, surrounding mountains and other attractions.

“I think we’ll see a lot of millennials coming here,” he said. “Part of what makes Pasadena an attractive place for millennials is access to public transportation. And when employers are thinking about locating to a city that is one of the criteria they use in selecting a place.”