As part of the Mobility Forward Plan, we’ve developed several recommendations for AVTA’s Commuter Network, which includes Route 785 to Downtown Los Angeles, Route 786 to Century City and West LA, and Route 787 to the West San Fernando Valley.

Ridership on these routes has been consistently dropping in the last 10 years. There are many reasons for this decline, and include many factors beyond the control of AVTA, such as cheaper gas prices, cheaper and more widely available cars that encourage driving rather than transit use, and increasing congestion along freeways and local streets that make transit service slow and unreliable. Simply put, commuter services are not competitive with similar trips made by car. As a result, many trips on the commuter routes are not even half full, representing inefficiencies.

To address these issues, we’ve developed service recommendations that:

  1. Optimize the number of morning and afternoon trips to consolidate demand on fewer trips, putting more riders on fewer buses
  2. Fine-tune the schedule of some trips to account for congestion and unreliable travel times; we’re also rebuilding schedules that will be adjusted to provide more accurate arrival times
  3. Change route alignments to make them simpler, and also to connect with more services from transit partners like LA Metro. Some changes also rely on a connection so that some of your trip is shifted from slow surface roads to dedicated services, like Metro Rail.

We’d like your feedback on these proposals. Using the tabs below, please review our proposals for each route. Then, in the “We Want to Hear From You” section, select the routes you’ve used in the last six months and give us your feedback. Thank you!

Proposed Changes

  • Terminates at North Hollywood B Line (Red) Station, where riders can connect to the subway for quick service to downtown LA.
  • This change is expected to create shorter (10-15 minutes savings per trip) and more reliable travel times by having the 785 avoid congested downtown streets and the 101 Freeway.
  • Offers new connections to the B Line, G Line (Orange), and other services for destinations in the San Fernando Valley like Glendale, Burbank, Chatsworth and Van Nuys. Downtown stops currently served by Route 785 can be reached using LA Metro.
  • By eliminating the segment of service that duplicates LA Metro services, these changes will save money for AVTA to use to improve local and commuter services. 
  • Route 786 has the lowest ridership of the commuter routes. We recommend:
    • Short-term (0-1 year): terminate at Wilshire Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd, where passengers traveling farther east can transfer to LA Metro Lines 20 or 720, which provide rapid service through dedicated bus-only lanes along Wilshire Blvd. This area also provides transfers to Metro lines 4, 16, 316, and 704.
    • Medium-term (1-5 years): align termination point with LA Metro NextGen Bus Plan changes, scheduled to be rolled out in phases through December 2021. Terminating service and providing transfers to the new proposed Metro R20 line (a consolidation of lines 720 and 20 with five-minute frequencies during AM and PM peak periods) is recommended for those commuters who need to continue to travel east along Wilshire Blvd.
    • Long-term (5+ years): The currently under-construction Metro D Line (Purple) Extension will eventually provide underground heavy-rail service from downtown Los Angeles down Wilshire Blvd. to terminate at the VA Medical Center. As with the recommendation to terminate Route 785 at the Red Line North Hollywood Station, AVTA can plan for future service changes to terminate service at one of the new Purple Line stops, from which customers will be able to transfer to the subway which will provide fast and reliable service to West Los Angeles and Century City. It is recommended to terminate at the future UCLA/Westwood or Westwood/VA Hospital station.
  • We recommend terminating at Warner Center due to low ridership beyond this point. The Warner Center is currently served by a Metro circulator (Line 601) that connects with the G Line (Orange) at Canoga Station with 10-minute frequencies.
  • This change removes unproductive trips in the AM and PM peak periods for a total of 7 trips in each direction.
  • These changes also restructure the route to serve the VA Medical Center in North Hills, using carpool lanes on the 5 and 405 Freeways (instead of the SR-118 and Balboa Blvd) and terminate at Warner Center.