MTA Long Range Transportation Plan Nov 9, 2009 12:09:41 GMT -8
Post by masonite on Nov 9, 2009 12:09:41 GMT -8
The way it becomes meaningful is that we build corridors that connect to destinations. Going for a goal of X number of riders is nice, however I think with the Regional Connector tying our LRT lines through and getting the Wilshire Subway to at least Westwood and getting a north-south line from the Airport to at least Wilshire because that very framework to really move forward on, to where now there's competion to want to build MORE transit projects in our region.
I use ridership numbers just as an easy way to quantify the use of the system, but I agree once you build those items that will not only bring an explosion in ridership, but a stronger desire to build even more. This is why it is so important to build high ridership successful lines at first.
There really has been a paradigm shift over the last 10 years. Back then people argued rail vs. car or rail vs. bus or just that rail wasn't really worth the expense. Now the discussion is really about what type of rail to build and where to build it with communities fighting to get it.
On the downside, we need to do a lot more to fix and expand use of Metrolink and we are really stalled in that regard for now. Also, pedestrian and bicycle improvements are moving at a snail's pace at best and these go hand in hand with an improved public transit system and an overall healthy vibrant city.
My fear is that we won't get as much out of lines like Expo and the Gold Line if we don't provide a better pedestrian experience, especially since it isn't that great in to begin with in many areas that these rails travel. My hope is that the City of Los Angeles dedicates a lot of its Measure R money to this cause, and I believe they have a key vote on this on November 18th.