275 staying on course

first_img• Video: Whittier 275 Bus Route SOUTH WHITTIER – When Larry Berry heard the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles was considering canceling Line 275 from La Mirada to Uptown Whittier, the South Whittier resident was ready for a fight. “I’ve been riding this bus for 33 years,” said Berry. “This is going to hurt the handicapped people who live along \, and some people will lose their jobs.” Ditto for 19-year-old Rio Hondo College student Mayra Gonzalez, who is on the 275 by 6:30 a.m. on weekdays with her 7-year-old sister, Minnie, whom she sees off to school before heading to class herself. The 275 currently runs weekdays from about 5 a.m. to 10p.m. from the Los Cerritos Center to the Whittier Depot. It runs along Artesia Boulevard in Cerritos, Valley View Avenue in La Mirada, Leffingwell and Carmenita roads in South Whittier, and Painter Avenue, Mulberry Road and Greenleaf Avenue in Whittier. Graham Ridley, Norwalk Transit’s operations manager, said Metro approached Norwalk Transit to take over the line. “It was in the top 10 of our lowest-performing lines,” Fakhro said. But Ridley said it is hoped that by deviating it to the Metro station, “it will improve regional connectivity and help people from Whittier and Cerritos make connections with Metrolink.” “In turn, it will reduce congestion and obviously improve the environment,” he added. And riders will no doubt welcome Norwalk Transit’s fares – 60 cents for adults – which are about half the cost of Metro’s. Although Berry and Gonzalez said rumors have been flying that the new Norwalk Transit line would not run along the heavily residential Leffingwell Road, Ridley said there will be no change on the 275 route. “There will be some changes to the schedule because we’re adding service” to a new stop, he said. “But that new schedule will be posted for the public in plenty of time.” For more information on the new Norwalk Transit line, call Rita Torres at (562) 929-5533. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My parents work so they can’t take us to school,” Gonzalez said. “And I don’t know what I’d do if this bus wasn’t running.” Thankfully, local transportation officials say, neither Gonzalez nor Berry will have to find out. Although Metro has decided to suspend the Line 275 in June, the agency did so after Norwalk Transit agreed to take over and expand the route. Once the change-over takes place June 25, Norwalk Transit will run the same route but will add another stop at the Norwalk Metrolink station on Imperial Highway, said Hassan Fakhro, service development manager for the Gateway Cities sector of Metro. “It would be a positive, because on top of having the old 275 Line, it does a slight diversion to the Metrolink station,” Fakhro said. last_img read more