Metro’s new routes take effect on Sunday. If bus riders aren’t careful, they may discover they’re not anywhere close to where they intended to go.
The big change for Rosemead residents is the debut of Metro Rapid Bus service along Garvey Ave. I was originally excited by the prospect, until I saw the new alignment. The #70 route runs along Garvey, past Atlantic, then on to Ramona, where it then curves to the northwest and parallels the San Bernardino Freeway. As it approaches, Eastern, I can hop off and have a short half-mile walk to campus (on days when I needed to come to campus from southern Rosemead).
I assumed the new Metro Rapid Bus #770 route would parallel the #70 route. Instead, this new route turns south on Atlantic, then heads west at Cesar Chavez, into downtown. If you’re coming from points along the #70 route, I suspect this detour south eats away at some (if not most) of the time savings of the rapid bus technology.
I hope the change is because the Metro folks discovered that the vast majority of the riders between El Monte and Monterey Park only travel between those points, and do not continue on to downtown Los Angeles. Because, if the intent was to provide more rapid access to downtown along Garvey, this new route doesn’t do it.