Bus route changes take place in City

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In the wake of limited protests from riders, the Gardena Municipal Bus Lines has changed some routes that go into effect this month.

The reduction of lines to downtown Los Angeles, while increasing travel locally to schools and shopping areas was among the noticeable changes, as reported in the Daily Breeze.

Bus Lines director Jack Gabig proposed the changes based on ridership numbers, and the Gardena City Council passed the new plan 4-1 during a July meeting. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Councilman Dan Medina.

In the wake of limited protests from riders, the Gardena Municipal Bus Lines has changed some routes that go into effect this month.

The reduction of lines to downtown Los Angeles, while increasing travel locally to schools and shopping areas was among the noticeable changes, as reported in the Daily Breeze.

Bus Lines director Jack Gabig proposed the changes based on ridership numbers, and the Gardena City Council passed the new plan 4-1 during a July meeting. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Councilman Dan Medina.

An earlier round of changes, decreasing routes to downtown Los Angeles, and increasing service to local schools and shopping areas took effect in September.

The latest changes will cancel Lone 1, replaced by Line 4 and Line 1X, which makes runs to Los Angeles downtown on a restricted schedule, the article said.

Gabig said  that the changes will strengthen the peak period service. He added that low ridership necessitated the changes, but that the routes would carry riders to alternative public transportation, where they can connect with the Metro Silver Line heading downtown.

Weekend rides to downtown Los Angeles have been eliminated.

Gardena Bus Lines will connect with the Metro buses at the Artesia Transit Center, where riders can connect to Metro buses, so thy can transfer to Lines 45 and 745 of the Metro Silver Line.

Gabig said ridership on Line 1 to Los Angeles averaged 12 people per trip on midday’s during the week, the Breeze reported. That number dropped to 8 riders during the weekend. Not enough to offset changing the schedule.

Line 4 needed additional service, and its route included shopping areas and connections to El Camino College, Serra and Gardena high schools, and Robert E. Peary Middle School.

The new plan means increasing service to Line 4, with stops every 45 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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