Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority is holding a series of meetings offering details on changes in bus routes. Public hearings for local changes will be held Feb. 9, 11 and 12.

The Feb. 9 meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Carson Community Center, 801 Carson St. Carson.

It will detail proposed changes for bus lines that operate between Long Beach on the south, Hollywood to the north, Marina del Rey to the west and Whittier on the east.

On Feb. 11, a 5 p.m. meeting will be held at the La Cienega Tennis Center, 325 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills. It will address changes on the 14, 30, 31, 220, 704, 714, 730 and 920 lines.

The meeting on Feb. 12 will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Gas Company, 9240 Firestone Blvd., Downey. Proposed changes to lines 26, 51, 52 (352), 53, 105, 128 and 254 will be discussed.

Among the key changes MTA is proposing are discontinuing lines 220, 256, 444 and 724.

The transit authority is also proposing to find other companies to operate all or a portion of the following lines and then discontinue those services; 124, 125 and 126. There is also a proposal to discontinue parts of service on the following lines: 105, 209, 439, 444, 446/447 and 711.

And finally, the agency is proposing to create a new 910 line that would travel from the El Monte Transit station to the Artesia Transit Center via the El Monte Busway and Harbor Transitway.
This new line would operate about every 10 minutes or so, and in downtown Los Angeles would keep only seven of the stops that the 444 currently makes–Seventh/Figueroa, Fifth/Olive, Third/Olive, the Civic Center (First/Hill) and the Little Tokyo Gold Line stop which will open this summer. The proposed 910 would replace the 444, 446/447 and part of the 445 north of the Artesia Transitway. On the 444 line, the south-bound service would be picked up by another bus company, and the local service of the 446/447 would be renamed the 246/247 lines.

On the 445 line to San Pedro, the bus would only make one stop on the Harbor Transitway north of the Artesia Transitway.

Those people who are not able to attend one of the public hearings can submit their comments on the proposed changes by mail no later than Feb. 14. Send the information to Metro Consumer Relations, One Gateway Plaza, 99-PL-4, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2932. By e-mail comments should be sent to customerrelations@metro.net and put “service changes June 09” in the subject line. You may also fax comments to (213) 922-6988.

Once the public hearings are completed, the MTA will take all the comments to the various sector meetings and present findings to the respective councils on March 13.

They can either accept, reject or modify the recommendations. Whatever is approved will go into affect on or after June 28.