So, what is NextGen?
The goal of the NextGen Bus Study is to design a new bus network that is more relevant, reflective of, and attractive to the residents of LA County. We believe this redesigned network will improve service to current customers, attract new customers and win back past customers.
Why are we doing this?
Simply put, our current bus network carries over 70% of our customers but hasn’t had a major overhaul in 25 years. Since that time, LA County has evolved dramatically. We’ve added over a million residents, many local communities have transformed, and travel patterns have changed. The Metro Rail system barely existed at that time, but now has 105 miles of service and will continue to grow steadily over the next 25 years.
With new transportation options like ride hailing apps and bike share, it’s important that our bus system integrates with all the ways we travel throughout LA County today, with flexibility for the future.
When is it happening?
The entire study is estimated to take about 18 months, with our next generation of bus service going into effect starting in Fall 2019. The NextGen Bus Study consists of four steps. At each stage, the public will be encouraged to actively participate and provide informative and valuable input.