Kymberleigh Richards’ statement on proposed Metro service changes for 2011

Metro has come out with their list of service change proposals for this June.  In the San Fernando Valley, the major changes involve Line 183 between Burbank and Glendale, Line 96 between Burbank and Sherman Oaks, and the Line 634 shuttle between Sylmar Station and Mission College.  The complete list is on the Transit Insider website (with the appropriate links to maps):
http://www.transit-insider.org/brc/jun11.htm

I brought “Proposal #2” for Line 183 to the table in my role as one of Metro San Fernando Valley’s Service Councilmembers.  I believe it to be better than the staff proposal for the following reasons:

  • It directly connects the Glenoaks Blvd. corridor to the Metro Red Line, in addition to achieving the stated goal of interconnecting downtown Burbank and downtown Glendale with the subway
  • It would operate seven days a week, rather than weekdays only, as the staff proposal would
  • It eliminates Line 183 service on San Fernando Rd. which does little other than duplicate Line 94, allowing for improved service frequency on the new route extension using those resources

I hope that you will agree and support the alternate proposal, either by attending the public hearing or commenting in writing.  Of course, I encourage you to comment on any of the proposals, as it is public input which guides staff as to what to recommend for implementation.

The public hearing for Metro SFV will be held at the regular meeting location, day, and time:
Wednesday, February 2, 6:30pm, Marvin Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. (two blocks south of Victory Blvd., four blocks north of Van Nuys Orange Line Station)

There will also be an “all regions” hearing the day before:
Tuesday, February 1, 5:00pm, Metro Headquarters Boardroom, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor

You may also comment in writing to:
Metro Customer Relations
Attn: June 2011 Service Changes
One Gateway Plaza, 99-PL-4
Los Angeles 90012

Via e-mail: servicechanges@metro.net

Via fax: 213.922.6988

Please forward this e-mail to anyone who has an interest in any of the proposed changes.