The City Council has approved an expansion of municipal bus service, adding three buses on one heavily traveled route and proposing extension of another to El Segundo, which would add another three buses.
The increased service is on Route 3, which runs from the Redondo Beach Pier to the Long Beach Transit Mall, traversing Torrance along Torrance Boulevard. The additional buses will shorten waiting times to 20 minutes from 30 and eliminate frequent overcrowding, city officials said.
The proposed expansion, which needs approval by the county Transportation Commission, could be the beginning of an expanded role for Torrance as a primary bus operator for the South Bay area, according to city officials.
With the proposed El Segundo line, "we would be the first municipal operator in Los Angeles County permitted to expand beyond our original reserved service area," Transportation Director Arthur Horkay said in a report.