DEIR for GoldLine Eastside Extension Phase 2 Jun 2, 2017 6:04:34 GMT -8
Post by JerardWright on Jun 2, 2017 6:04:34 GMT -8
- Putting the line so close to Whittier Blvd would be competing with the ridership on the eventual subway extension. My guess is that this competition is what killed the Beverly Blvd proposal more than anything else.
Actually landscaped medians is what killed the alignment down Beverly Blvd. City of Montebello just spent a lot of local dollars to build and maintain landscaped medians along Beverly Blvd and they did not want that impacted at all through a LRT at grade alignment even though that was one of the highest ridership corridors.
That is true but there has been little consideration to actually widening and improving that section or at least build a separation as it goes through the Park for both transit/bike/equestrian. It crosses a bunch of smaller streets to get to where the actual demand and more centralized destination should be to serve Whittier where you want ridership.
What might be more workable is to zig-zag it on the surface along the UP right-of-way to Garfield to Washington Blvd. Surface station at the Citadel as you say. These are very busy streets with heavy truck traffic, so getting Commerce to OK it might be an issue.
The core of using the ROW is to save dollars and enable both South El Monte and Whittier to be served at the same time because the ROW serves both and limit branch operation issues as it is currently a problem with both the SR 60 and Washington Blvd alignments as they are too far a part to be useful but too close together to which they cannibalize each other in ridership with the split.
I'd almost want to throw another bone here and that is to turn SR-60 alignment into an express lanes and have BRT service with a dedicated station at the Shops at Montebello and around Rio Hondo College/Peck Road to operate express Silver Line like service to more of the Eastern San Gabriel Valley more effectively, it would give the SGV taxpayers a solid improvement to the enable faster trips and $$$ to maintain that corridor through the tolling. A transfer can be made at Atlantic with the option to continue the trip up the 710 to connect with the I-10 Express Lanes into Downtown LA, currently Foothill Transit Park and Ride Express lines use the 60 east of the 605, this could open up new ridership opportunities and create an added Silver Streak like service for Foothill that will be useful and popular.