It’s been in the news that the Westwood FlyAway was going away. The good news is the Board of Airport Commissioners (BAC) has granted the Westwood FlyAway shuttle route a reprieve so airport officials can work with UCLA on a series of actions to reduce the operating deficit of the service. These actions include:
- Dedicating 25 “FlyAway parking only” multiple-day park and ride spaces in UCLA Parking Structure 32, next to the FlyAway stop (Kinross, just west of Gayley). With a weekly discounted rate of $59, these spaces, part of 100 parking pay station spaces being reprogrammed for multiple day use (up to 10 days), will be available to the public.
- Providing UCLA subsidies for additional holiday service to handle student demand
- Trimming operating hours by up to 22% and altering the schedule to provide only hourly departures every day of the week to reduce costs
- Considering a modest fare increase
We are cautiously optimistic that if BAC and UCLA both agree on these actions, the BAC, at their July 11th meeting, will approve a six-month extension of Westwood FlyAway to allow enough time to evaluate its effectiveness.