Michael Fleming has been advocating for LADOT's Commuter Express bus service to add a stop to service Beverly Hills for years. When LADOT gave him the best New Year's present of all, a bus stop just blocks from his office, he excitedly snapped this picture to share with the world.
Commuter Express #534 will now be stopping at Olympic Blvd. and Beverly Drive on its existing east-west route. The stop already served the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Metro buses. However, the new stop allows easy access for Beverly Hills' residents who want a quick trip to Downtown Los Angeles. Learn more about the line at its webpage.
Trial runs of the new service were considered successful earlier this week, but so far not many people know the stop has been added outside of those who already visit the bus stop or are regular watchers of the LADOT transit services website. Maybe the media in Beverly Hills can help spread the word if they're not too busy maligning bicyclists trying to make the streets safer.
Note: Michael Fleming is executive director of the David Bohnett Foundation, a major sponsor of Streetsblog Los Angeles.