Metro Bus/Rail Interface
Since the opening of the Metro Blue Line in 1990, Metro has planned review andplanned changes for bus lines that paralleled, intersected or traveled near thenew rail line. As a function of the Environmental Review Process, a Bus RailInterface Plan is developed that reviewed parallel bus lines that operate near anew rail line. As customary with proposed changes to bus service, publichearings were held to hear customer’s comments.The following provides a history of the major bus changes that have occurredwith the opening of each rail line, up through the Metro Gold Line. This paper focuses mainly on the parallel lines that were either modified or discontinued.For comparison, ridership is shown prior to the rail opening, and after theopening with the modified bus service and the new rail line. Keep in mind thatthese are not all the changes that took place each time a rail line opened. Inmany cases, local lines were modified to serve a rail station, but no other changewas made. These are not reflected in this exercise.
Blue Line Bus/Rail Interface
The Metro Blue Line opened on July 14, 1990 from the Pico Station to the Anaheim Station in Long Beach. The final stations, 7
/Metro and the new LongBeach Transit Mall opened for service on February 15, 1991. Today, the BlueLine operates every six minutes in the peak travel period.By June 1991, the following service changes that paralleled the Blue Line hadbeen completed:
Local Line 61
– Line 61 operated as a branch of Line 60 from Downtown Los Angeles to Downey, and was replaced by a rerouting of Lines 117 and 251.Regular Local Line 60 service from Downtown Long Beach to Los Angelesremained. Later, due to reduced patronage in the City of Long Beach, the Line60 terminal was moved from Downtown Long Beach to the Artesia Blue LineStation. Owl service is still provided by Line 60 after the Blue Line ends nightlyservice, and Long Beach Transit Lines 51 and 52 also provide local stop serviceon Long Beach Bl.
Limited Stop Line 360
– A peak hour service and part of the Local Line 60schedule, was discontinued. Patrons could still ride Line 60 or the Blue Line toDowntown Los Angeles.
Limited Stop Line 351
– As a part of the Local Line 51 schedule, the limited stopservice only operated Monday through Friday, peak hours only. Patrons are stillprovided with Local Line 51 service from Compton to Downtown Los Angeles.