Ride the Owls with So.CA.TA on Their Annual Day-After-Thanksgiving Tour
Traditionally Southern Caifornia Transit Advocates does a day-after-thanksgiving study tour , usually to explore service in far-flung areas outside urban Los Angeles (Santa Barbara, San Diego, Victorville, Bakersfield).
This year we are doing something different. We are riding owl service in the L.A. area, Friday evening into Saturday morning. This is service that operates in the wee hours (midnight to 4 a.m.). We’ll also ride some service on the fringes of that period
The reason we are interested in owl service is at a meeting of the Metro Citizens’ Advisory Council earlier this year I learned Metro next year will be considering whether to change how it operates service overnight. Instead of having most bus lines run into downtown L.A. for the hourly “line’-up” timed connections, the agency might operate the Red Line 24 hours and have owl bus service feed into that.
This would open up possibilities versus the time constraints that currently shape how owl service is operated. It seems like a good time to start contemplating what we think the changes should be and go out to investigate the service operated now — are there gaps in service, or lines with low ridership that may not merit continuation?
Please post comments with any thoughts you have about owl service. And please note at this point running the subway overnight is just an idea Metro staff is starting to think about. Nothing at this point is set in stone.
As always anyone who wishes is welcome to ride along with us.
The itinerary was prepared by member Charles Powell.
Hill and 7th- 912p
Hill and 1st- 1104p(after riding the T routing of the 83)
Silverline (Foothill Transit)
Hill and 1st-1108-1110(Union Station 1105)
110 and 105 Fwy Station- 1134
105 and 110 Fwy Station-1145
Vermont Greenline-1151(120th St at 1149)
Grand and 7th-206a
Santa Monica San Vincente- 403
Santa Monica San Vincente-410
End of trip