These shapefiles cover all Metro bus lines. Each shapefile is a set of 3 to 7 interrelated files that can be used with GIS software such as QGIS. The shapefiles are redrawn every six months, typically in June and December corresponding with our biannual bus schedule changes (shakeups). New shapefiles will be posted within a few months of each shakeup. Each filename contains the 2-digit month and year (format: mmyy) of the shakeup it corresponds with.
The bus line shapefiles are generated from basic operating schedules for all trunk lines. Branch lines and short-lines are subsets of these lines. Example: only Limited Line 344 is listed under LimExpmmyy.zip. The other Limited Routes (i.e., routes that skip stops) are branch lines that will be found under their parent trunk line (e.g., Limited Line 302 is a branch of Local Line 2).
The attribute file (dbf) of any bus line shapefile has a column, “Var_Route” which identifies the Trunk Line. A trunk line may have many rows associated with this Line. Each of these represent a trip pattern that may be assigned to a bus. The attribute file also contains a column “Var_Descr” that further describes the trip pattern. A bus route that differs from the trunk line’s route (enough to be given its own Route number in the bus’ headsign) will be indicated in this column. In order to have a single bus line displayed on a map, use your GIS software to highlight and/or export the trip patterns with that bus line’s name.
Two bus stop shapefiles are available, each with the same content but organized differently. These shapefiles will be updated every shakeup in tandem with the bus line shapefiles. Additionally, we have a spreadsheet listing the average headways (time between buses) for each line.
“Bus lines” and “bus stops” are really separate systems on a map. While the bus line shapefiles are snapped to the street centerline, the bus stops are the exact points where the stops occupy the sidewalk and are necessarily offset from the lines.
For more GIS data published by Metro, visit Metro’s ArcGIS home page.
Metro Local Lines that go through Downtown Los Angeles (Lines 2-96).
Metro Local Lines that do not go through Downtown Los Angeles (Lines 102-292).
Metro Limited or Express Lines (Lines 344-577).
Metro Community Circulator Lines (Lines 603-687).
Metro Rapid Lines, the G (Orange) Line, and the J (Silver) Line (Lines 704-794, except Line 788, and Lines 910/950.
This zip file contains separate shapefiles for each line.
Each stop in this shapefile contains a list of all lines serving that stop.
Each stop in this shapefile contains data for each line served by that stop.
Average headways are listed for each line based on the direction of travel and period of day: Early AM, AM Peak, Mid-Day, PM Peak, and Night. Note: this dataset is not current.
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