GARDENA — Gardena Municipal Bus Lines will be implementing a service change on Sept. 4.
This will be the first major service change to the Gardena transit system in recent years, and the city says it will result in a more efficient and productive service.
The change will include modifications to all of Gardena’s bus lines and will offer later evening service on Line 2, increased frequency on Route 3, and new regional connections to Artesia Transit Center on Lines 1, 2 and 4 and the Metro Green Line at Aviation Station on Line 5.
“These changes will result in an overall improved system for our customers and will at the same time will meet the financial goals set for the coming years,” says Transportation Director Jack Gabig.
Another objective of the service change will be to simplify transit service for local communities and schools. Thirteen school “commuter” trips have been incorporated into Lines 2 and 3, providing direct transit options for school children going to and from Gardena, Narbonne, Compton and Bishop Montgomery high schools as well as Peary, Fleming and Henry Clay middle schools.
Long-distance commuters will have options for traveling to and from Downtown Los Angeles on Line 1X downtown service. This limited stop service offers commuters 17 daily trips into L.A. between 5:55 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 p.m.
“This new plan continues to add service to highest transit demand corridors while still maintaining important service requested by the community,” says Gabig.
The service change was developed after a detailed study of the overall Gardena Transit System by a noted research firm, Transportation Management & Design Inc. TMD has worked to improve public transit mobility for decades and has contracted with transit systems across the U.S. and Europe. The firm is also currently working with L.A. Metro on the development of the EXPO light rail line.
“An extensive community outreach also assisted in shaping the plan. Fifteen meetings were held with riders, community and business members and their input greatly influenced the final change to the service,” says Gabig.
The final plan, reflecting both community interests and the goal to improve ridership and productivity, was approved by the City Council on May 24.