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FlyAway Bus Service Between LAX, Westwood Set to End

FlyAway nonstop bus service between Los Angeles International Airport and Westwood will end Sunday due to a decline in ridership.

The final trip from LAX to Westwood will take place at 8 p.m., according to Los Angeles World Airports.

"The decision to end the Westwood FlyAway route was made after a thorough review of the route's ridership since inception, and focus group panels of Westwood residents and UCLA students to determine if there were opportunities to improve ridership," according to a statement issued by LAWA officials, who said the Westwood line averages just three passengers per trip.

"Efforts to raise ridership over the past year have included changing trip frequency, promoting the route on social media and relocating the stop location to Galey Avenue and Strathmore Place, closer to student housing. None of these efforts have reversed the declining ridership," according to LAWA.

Funding from the Westwood FlyAway will be redirected to other FlyAway routes, which include Hollywood, Long Beach, Union Station and Van Nuys.

LAWA officials "will also continue partnering with UCLA Transportation to explore other transportation options for the UCLA and Westwood communities," according to the statement.

Between April 2018 and March of this year, LAX's FlyAway served nearly 1.98 million passengers, with the Van Nuys route utilized by more than 1.1 million passengers and the Union Station FlyAway route serving more than 576,000.

Both the Hollywood and Long Beach routes have had increased ridership, with volumes increasing by 7 and 23 percent year-over-year, respectively, according to LAWA.

Information on schedules and fares is available at www.LAXFlyAway.org.

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