WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city’s free mini-bus service, Cityline, is offering a new service aimed at commuters, connecting the city and the Hollywood and Highland Red Line Station.
The service began its soft launch Jan. 4 and is having several promotional “Pop-Ups” along Santa Monica Boulevard this week before the new service officially begins Jan. 19 at 5 p.m.
The launch celebration at the West Hollywood Library Auto Court, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., is free and open to the public.
“The city of West Hollywood is always looking for innovative ways to provide transportation alternatives that give people an opportunity to move around without cars,” Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath said. “CitylineX will provide a more direct link between West Hollywood and Red Line service at Hollywood and Highland, and this will improve regional connectivity.”
CitylineX will operate during morning and evening commuting hours Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., bookending regular Cityline service, which runs within West Hollywood. CitylineX will offer seven trips in the morning and five trips in the evening with mini-bus shuttles providing service at approximately 15- to 20-minute intervals.
Eastbound shuttles will depart from the West Hollywood Library and will follow a route along Santa Monica Boulevard to Hollywood and Highland. Westbound shuttles will depart from the west side of Highland Avenue (just south of Hollywood Boulevard, just north of Hawthorn Avenue) and will travel along Santa Monica Boulevard to the West Hollywood Library.
The last evening shuttle will depart each weekday at approximately 7 p.m. Both CitylineX and Cityline are free.
CitylineX service was approved by the City Council as a six-month pilot program through June. City transportation staff members will assess the program and its ridership. The scheduling of CitylineX service during peak commute hours provides the city with the opportunity to test the program with existing resources, without interrupting the current Cityline route, which will continue its regular route from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, within the city.
The CitylineX launch follows several City Council actions in support of expanding regional transit options. The City Council recently approved a plan to conduct outreach and to build regional partnerships in support of a light rail project that would extend the Crenshaw/LAX Line to West Hollywood and connect to the Red Line. The proposed Crenshaw/LAX Northern Extension light-rail transit line would provide critical north-south connections and enhance the existing regional rail network.
To organize local support for the Crenshaw/LAX Northern Extension Project, the City Council last July called for the formation of a local advocacy committee, West Hollywood Advocates for Metro, and established a City Council subcommittee to work directly with city staff and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to secure the light rail line for the city.
In preparation for a potential countywide ballot measure, the city has been coordinating with the MTA and Los Angeles County to expand a 2010 preliminary study of several alternative extensions of the Crenshaw light-rail line.
The “Crenshaw/LAX Northern Extension Feasibility Study” has subsequently been funded by the MTA and consultant teams are currently being selected. The feasibility study will begin sometime this year.