(Updated October 2021)
Over the last year GTrans had to quickly adapt to the impacts of COVID-19 and the federal, state and local mandates that were implemented to stop the spread of the virus. Working through the restrictions, GTrans’ service remained a lifeline for many who needed to take essential trips to medical appointments, essential jobs, to access the grocery store, etc. Through these challenges, GTrans was able to deliver this service safely, protecting our employees and customers with rear-door boarding, physical distancing, facemask requirements and capacity restrictions.
In response to reduced ridership and constraints due to manpower shortages, GTrans reduced its service significantly. However, with vaccination rates now improving and most of the restrictions lifted, GTrans has been working on a plan to restore service to pre-pandemic levels. The Gardena City Council approved a set of service improvements following extensive public outreach in late 2019 that were to go into effect in early 2020. However, because of the pandemic the approved service changes were not implemented.
Because manpower and ridership continue to improve at a slower pace, GTrans has had to stagger the restoration of its service. Even as of October 2021, GTrans has had to delay implementation of adjustments to its planned service restoration on Lines 1X, 3 and 5 because of unprecedented staffing challenges – which are not unique to GTrans and affect transit agencies nationwide. GTrans is hiring and training bus operators right now to aid in the restoration of this service. Below is a summary of how GTrans plans to bring back most of its service to pre-COVID-19 levels, and few ways that GTrans can provide better service for customers.
Restores service to 2019 City Council-approved levels planned for January 2022. This service will resume traveling to downtown Los Angeles during peak periods only. As approved, there will be no service to downtown between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Weekday service was restored to 2019 City Council-approved levels on April 18, 2021. This service currently operates every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.
Restores service to 2019 City Council-approved levels planned for April 2022, with pre-COVID-19 weekday service, Saturday service between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., and Sunday service between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Additional morning and afternoon service to Bishop Montgomery High School will resumed in the fall of 2021 along with the school year.
Restorations were limited to additional morning and afternoon service on weekdays in the fall of 2021, along with the school year.
Line 4 regular service will remain suspended due to low ridership.
Restores service to its regular pre-pandemic schedule, operating on weekdays only between 4:35 a.m. and 8:57 p.m. planned for April 2022.
New Service to Inglewood Sports and Entertainment District
GTrans implemented Sunday service to the Inglewood Sports and Entertainment District out of the Harbor Gateway Transit Center on September 12, 2021.
New MicroTransit Service
GTrans is exploring a new microtransit service that will be presented for City Council consideration later this year, which will improve our Special Transit program and provide new access to all customers with origins and destinations within the City of Gardena. This on-demand, rideshare service uses “virtual stops” from which customers would be able to take short trips using small vehicles. Trips will be scheduled on-demand using a phone, a computer or a smart phone app. This service is planned for Spring of 2022.
GTrans Restoration Plan Summary Table: Please click to view image.
Service Restoration Plan Presentation which contains details on the public meeting that was held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 6:00pm via Zoom.
GTrans Service Restoration Plan Zoom Meeting:
GTrans’ customers and the community are encouraged to attend a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. to learn about plans to restore transit service following emergency service reductions that took place during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Beginning in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, public transit ridership fell sharply, and many transit agencies cut transit service in response, including GTrans. As COVID-19 cases have been falling and vaccinations rise, GTrans is working to restore its transit service to pre-pandemic levels – and in some cases to improve upon that service to better meet customer needs.
GTrans will share its plans for restoring and improving service at a public meeting to be held virtually on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Customers and members of the community are invited to attend this meeting to hear about the plan and ask questions.
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