METRO SAN GABRIEL VALLEY JUNE 2003 SERVICE CHANGES
Two Metro Bus lines which serve both the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys were realigned, effective June 29, 2003, to make connections at Metro Gold Line stations. (Metro Gold Line route and stations shown at right.)
MTA Director Gloria Molina attempted -- two days before the Gold Line was to begin service -- to change three station names at the request of the city of Pasadena: Memorial Park Station (to Old Pasadena/Civic Center Station), Allen Station (to Allen/College Station), and Sierra Madre Villa Station (to East Pasadena Station). At the same time, the city of South Pasadena requested renaming Mission Station to City of South Pasadena Station. Those proposals, although approved by the MTA board, were never implemented.
Line 177 was realigned to serve the Del Mar and Allen Stations; the line already operated past Sierra Madre Villa Station. The line was further realigned to operate via the I-210 freeway between JPL and Del Mar Station on December 21, 2003 (Pasadena ARTS Line 50 took over the street routing through the Rose Bowl on that date), and was cutback east of Sierra Madre Villa Station on December 18, 2005; the route segment between Sierra Madre Villa Station and Pasadena City College was converted to peak-hour/peak-direction (westbound mornings, eastbound afternoons) operation June 29, 2009. Midday service was cancelled December 12, 2010.
Line 181 was extended to Sierra Madre Villa Station from its previous eastern terminal at Pasadena City College. The Line 180 branch already operated past Lake Station. A 2004 proposal would have eliminated Line 181.
Other lines modified in the San Gabriel Valley for Metro Gold Line connectivity:
Lines 58 and 76: Realigned to serve Chinatown Station. Line 58 was subsequently cancelled on October 28, 2005. Line 176: Realigned to serve Highland Park Station; the line already operated past Mission Station. Line 176 was shortened to end near (but not at) Highland Park Station on June 24, 2007; the remaining route was interlined with Line 287 on June 26, 2011. Line 188: Replaced by Lines 181, 260, and 264. (See below.) Lines 251/252: Line 251 replaced Line 252 between Florence Ave. and Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station; its previous alignment south of Florence Ave. was replaced by new Line 681. Line 252 north of Olympic Blvd. was to have been replaced by new Line 682, but the original line number was retained in order to properly count passenger loads for consent decree compliance. New limited stop Line 350 was added along the new Line 251 alignment; it was replaced by Metro Rapid Line 751 on June 27, 2004. Both 251 and 751 (and 350, previously) serve Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park Station. Line 681 was subsequently cancelled on December 18, 2005; parts of its route were replaced by a realignment of Line 612. Line 255: Extended to Heritage Square/Arroyo Station; that extension was removed when the line was cutback to County/USC Medical Center on December 18, 2005. Line 255 was cancelled December 17, 2006. Line 256: Realigned to serve Del Mar and Allen Stations; the line already operated past Highland Park (Avenue 57) Station. In 2003, Metro San Gabriel Valley staff first proposed transferring the portion of the line with Gold Line connections to Pasadena ARTS. In 2008, the staff proposal indicated that discussions were taking place with Pasadena, and also with Montebello Bus Lines on the possibility of transferring the portion south of Highland Park Station to them; a year later, this had become a staff recommendation to "cancel service only if another transit provider agrees to operate the service". A planned December 2010 discontinuation of the route between Pasadena City College and Altadena was never implemented. Line 260: Replaced Line 188 on Fair Oaks Ave. and was replaced on Los Robles Ave. by new Line 687 (serving Del Mar and Fillmore Stations). New limited stop Line 361 was added along the new Line 260 alignment (it was subsequently replaced by Metro Rapid Line 762 on June 29, 2008). Line 687 was combined with Line 686 on June 24, 2007. Lines 266 and 267: Realigned to serve Sierra Madre Villa Station (Line 267 already operated past Memorial Park Station). Line 267 was realigned June 24, 2007 and no longer serves Sierra Madre Villa Station. Line 401: Remained in service until July 28, 2003; then cancelled, partially replaced by new Line 686, serving Fillmore, Del Mar , and Allen Stations. Line 686 was combined with Line 687 on June 24, 2007. Line 483: Cancelled; restructured Line 260 added connections to the Metro Gold Line at Memorial Park Station. Line 485 already operated past Lake Station and received additional service. Line 489: Shortened (the route north of Huntington Dr. was discontinued) and service frequency reduced on remaining segment; the replacements were Line 266 (connections to the Metro Gold Line from Rosemead Blvd.) and Line 487 (Sierra Madre Blvd. to Downtown L.A.) Line 487 was realigned to end at Sierra Madre Villa Station in December 17, 2006 and was extended to El Monte Station on June 28, 2009 (as a replacement for a portion of Line 287, which was restructured as part of the Gold Line Eastside Extension interface plan); Line 489 still does not make direct connections to any Metro Gold Line station.
In addition, Pasadena ARTS Routes 31, 32, 40, and 60, Foothill Transit Lines 184, 187, and 189, the Arcadia and Sierra Madre shuttles, and the Pasadena dial-a-ride service were realigned to make connections at Sierra Madre Villa Station. Several ARTS Routes already were aligned past Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake and Allen Stations; Foothill Transit Lines 187 and 189 were already aligned past Memorial Park Station, and Line 690 to Lake Station; LADOT Line 549 already served Memorial Park and Lake Stations, and DASH Highland Park/Eagle Rock and Lincoln Heights/Chinatown already served the obvious stations, with Downtown DASH B also serving Chinatown Station.