On Friday, March 20, Metro held a press conference to issue the following statements and announcements in response to the COVID-19 situation:
- Metro provides an essential public service and will continue to operate for those who rely on public transportation to access health care, food, and other resources. Those who are able to stay home, however, should follow the state, county and city orders to do so, to help flatten the COVID-19 curve
- Bus service levels will be reduced 15 to 20 percent and Metro will “strategically adjust select trips across the system to minimize inconvenience to riders and continue to provide good service on our busiest lines that riders depend on.”
- Rail service will be adjusted:
– Starting tonight, March 20, and until further notice, last trips departing terminal stations will be at midnight on all trains.
– Starting Monday, March 23, trains on the B (Red), D (Purple), A (Blue), E (Expo) and L (Gold) Lines will run every 12 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with 20 minute service at all other times. Light rail trains will have three cars, D (Purple) Line trains will have four cars and B (Red) Line trains will have six cars in order for riders to maintain proper social distancing of six feet.
– Starting Monday, March 23, the C Line (Green) will run every 12 minutes between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m., every 15 minutes until 3 p.m., every 12 minutes from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and then every 20 minutes between 6 p.m. until midnight. Those trains will have two cars, as usual.
- To make the final train connections of the night, try to be on the system by 11 p.m.
- Metro will keep an eye on ridership in the days ahead and “may make other quick-strike adjustments” to reflect current demand and deploy service to areas most in need.
- Metro will begin installing sanitation stations and hand sanitizer dispensers at major transit stops and stations to allow riders to wash their hands. Metro is also researching how to equip buses and trains with hand sanitizer dispensers.
- For more information, see Metro’s response to COVID-19 FAQ.
You can view the full press conference video at https://www.facebook.com/losangelesmetro/videos/2232518350390450/