Metro to Increase Services to Tackle Higher Demand
With ridership steadily returning to pre-pandemic levels, Metro is expanding services over the City of Los Angeles.
Public transportation investment is increasing in the region in preparation for the 2026 World Cup and the 2028 Summer Olympics. Thus, Metro hopes to establish a culture of using public transit before that.
Metro will expand services by “providing more frequent and reliable” bus and rail trips to increase ridership.
This will include major lines such as A, E, and K.
The A Line, which provides service from Long Beach to Asuza, will reduce wait times from 10 minutes to 8 minutes during peak hours during the week, and reduce times from 12 minutes to 10 minutes during non-peak hours during the week and weekend.
In addition, it will run 40 minutes later and end service later than 11:30 pm.
The E Line, which provides service from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica, will make the same changes.
The K Line, which operates from Crenshaw/Expo to Westchester, will reduce wait times from 12 minutes to 10 minutes during peak hours in the week. On the weekend, it will operate every 20 minutes due to construction.
Click here to learn more about changes to specific bus and rail lines.
Metro Ridership is at its highest level since the pandemic, with weekday ridership at 79% of October 2019 levels and weekend ridership at 92%.
While much of this is attributed to a return to normalcy, the expansion of Metro Services has also played a significant role.
In June, Metro opened the regional connector, which has improved downtown services and lessened the need for transfers.
Although public transit ridership is still behind pre-pandemic levels, the continuous upward trend shows that Metro’s increased services are working.
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