Starting on Sunday, December 13, Metro will make changes to routes and schedules in the first phase of the transit agency's NextGen Bus Plan, which it says will improve bus frequencies and service.
Numerous lines -- including several on the Eastside -- with low ridership will be discontinued.
Instead, Metro will offer more frequent services on Local Lines 2, 16, 30, 51/52, 55, 78/79, 108, 152, 166 and 212. These changes will provide more room for riders to practice social distancing whenever possible, said Metro
They’re also canceling certain Metro Rapid lines and replacing them with partner local lines that will run more frequently. A few on the Eastside include:
Other Eastside changes
• Line 258 has been rerouted to a new terminal via Eastern/ Floral and Mission Street to service the L (Gold) Line South Pasadena Station and terminate service at York/Figueroa. The segment via Huntington Drive, Oak Knoll Drive and Lake Avenue to Pasadena/ Altadena was canceled due to low ridershop.
The NextGen Bus Plan is expected to be fully implemented December 2021 with all-day buses, more routes, and shorter wait times.
"This is the first major overhaul of Metro’s bus system in more than 25 years and these changes will vastly improve bus service for current and future riders," said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington in a press release. "Metro’s bus ridership has fallen less during the pandemic than in many other metro areas — which demonstrates how much people completely depend on our bus system."