You spoke, we listened. Together we created a better bus system.
The NextGen Bus Plan was approved by the Metro Board of Directors at the October 22
, 2020 Board meeting and is ready for implementation with a 3-phased roll-out that begins in December 2020 and
continues through the end of 2021. The approved Bus Plan is a reimagined bus system that focuses on providing fast, frequent, reliable and accessible service to meet the needs of today’s riders. Metro will launch a comprehensive marketing campaign to promote public awareness of the new routes, schedules and other system changes. You can view all of the details of the new plan, including changes to your bus routes and stops through our interactive tools: Bus Route Changes and Bus Stop Changes.
View how your bus line may be changing here.
As part of the transition into the final step of the Bus Plan Development, Metro held a series of six virtual public hearings in August 2020 to receive community input on proposed service changes to Metro’s bus service. Approved changes will become effective December 2020 or later. Five of the meetings were focused on the five Metro Service Council areas, including the Gateway Cities, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay Cities and Westside Central. A sixth ‘All Regions’ meeting also took place.
Public Hearing Recordings
So, what is NextGen?
The NextGen Bus Plan was developed to implement a new competitive bus system in Los Angeles County that is fast, frequent, reliable and accessible. In 2018, Metro started reimagining our bus system to better meet the needs of current and future riders through the NextGen Bus Study. The project was d eveloped through consideration of both technical data and all the priorities and personal experiences we heard from nearly 20,000 LA County residents through questionnaires and over 400 meetings, events, presentations and workshops. Th e process yielded thousands of comments and input from the public, including local stakeholder groups, riders and agencies and that input was used to develop the NextGen Bus Plan. The Plan was reviewed through the public hearing process and Metro Service Councils, and then approved by the Metro Board of Directors in October 2020.
We are excited to share the proposed Draft NextGen Bus Plan (Draft Plan) with you. This Draft Plan ( board report ) was developed with input from you and thousands of others along with thorough technical analysis. It addresses every Metro bus route with the goal of creating a new competitive bus system that is fast, frequent, reliable and accessible .
Explore the Draft NextGen Bus Plan here .
The proposed improvements would:
- Double the number of frequent Metro bus lines
- Provide more than 80% of current bus riders with 10 minute or better frequency
- Improve and expand midday, evening and weekend service, creating an all-day, 7-day-a-week service
- Ensure a ¼-mile walk to a bus stop for 99% of current riders
- Create a more comfortable and safer waiting environment
The proposed Draft NextGen Bus Plan (Draft Plan) can be explored in full using interactive maps and detailed line-by-line descriptions by clicking here . However, for your convenience, the following provides access to GIS shapefiles, PDF documents and other data that was utilized to create this interactive experience.
Throughout the process, Metro received input from the public and stakeholders, including responses from over 12,000 survey participants and collected over 16,000 comments. Based on that feedback, an updated Plan was developed and reviewed at public hearings in August 2020 and presented to the Metro Service Councils in September 2020. The final Plan will be presented to the Metro Board of Directors in October 2020 for approval and implementation in 2021.
- Bus Line Proposals : This PDF contains detailed line-by-line descriptions of the proposed changes. Click here for Spanish .
- NextGen Bus System : This zip file contains the GIS shapefiles for the proposed NextGen bus system. These shapefiles include geometries for all proposed bus routes, as well as route frequencies. The frequencies are categorized based on the different time periods within weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
- Existing Bus System : This zip file contains the GIS shapefiles for the existing bus system. These shapefiles include geometries for all existing bus routes, as well as route frequencies. The frequencies are categorized based on the different time periods within weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
- Metro’s Transit Service Policy (TSP) establishes criteria and guidelines to ensure that the transit system is developed and managed consistent with policy guidance approved by the Metro Board of Directors, including a formal process for evaluating services, service design guidelines, and a process for implementing service changes.
Areas where the propensity to use transit is the greatest embody three main characteristics. First, there is a significantly large population of transit market segments, including people who rely on transit for most of their travel, commuters and students who use transit for work and school trips, and discretionary riders who choose transit for some or all their trips. Second, is the intensity of travel demand to and from areas based on population and employment densities, retail and entertainment, colleges and universities, and other trip generators. For NextGen, cell phone location data is also being used to identify areas of greatest travel intensity. Finally, a pedestrian oriented street environment is also critical, including safe and well lighted pathways, sidewalks and curb-cuts, grid street network, and level topography.
- Transit Propensity Map: This map allows you to explore how likely people are to use transit in specific areas based on these characteristics. To do so, open the “Layers List” and select which layers you would like to view on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Transit Propensity Score for Census Tracts in Los Angeles County
Performance Indicators by Line Segment:
The following PDF documents provide detailed line-by-line statistics regarding bus line performance by segment, including passenger boardings, revenue hours and revenue miles.
Transit Equity Focused Areas
This zip file contains the GIS shapefiles for communities with the greatest mobility needs. NextGen goes beyond the Title VI requirements of not disparately impacting minority and disproportionately impacting low income populations by also considering impacts to zero car households, population aged 10-19 and 55+, single mothers, and persons with disabilities. All criteria were averaged to develop the equity score. Minorities, low income and zero car households were weighted twice as important as the other criteria to be consistent with the Metro Long Range Transportation Plan definition of Equity Focused Communities.