I've said it here before, and I'll say it again (with probably most folks from Metro in agreement): the big problem with ridership on the Pasadena Gold Line is the lack of a Downtown Connector. Union Station is not Downtown, and we'll see similar problems with the Eastside Gold Line and Expo Line once they're built as well.
Post by nicksantangelo on Apr 2, 2007 10:04:17 GMT -8
Ken, I have to agree. I took the line Sunday (yesterday) from SW Museum to Mission. It's only two stops but I love the views. The speed was pretty swift- faster than the last time I took it. This morning @ 6:30 the train was packed on its way to Union Station.
I am very concerned about the Connector. I am confident it will dramatically increase ridership but until that time Union Station and Little Tokyo (where the Connector will most likely link) will languish in decent but hardly spectacular ridership numbers.
Hi, Nick. This will be the year of the big Metro Long Range Transportation Update...which should have been done last year but was held back until after last fall's elections. We won last fall, but Sacramento politics, Washington politics and other factors that starve the construction of our transit grid get in the way of getting this vital Regional Light Rail Connector, as well as other vital projects.
To say nothing of the sobering discovery that last fall's victory is entirely insufficient to meet the state's road/rail needs, and is only a much-needed but disappointing first step.
Add these to the list of projects competing with funding after the Expo Line: Crenshaw, Foothill Gold Line, Green Line to LAX and Wilshire Subway. Regardless of which ones should go first, they're all good, and it'll be difficult to figure out which ones have the political influence to win out in this year's Long Range Plan Update.
Post by bluelineshawn on Oct 11, 2007 21:01:39 GMT -8
Well it looks like the express service experiment is over.
The gold line will be getting more consistent rush hour headways (7.5 minutes) and shorter off-peak headways (12 minutes). A good idea overall although I don't think that it will have much effect on ridership.
bluelineshawn, it may slightly increase ridership for the stations bypassed by the express trains as people on those stations don't have to worry about arriving only to see the express train pass them by. Also, Metro recently improved the end to end times for the Gold Line. It used to take 34 minutes for the local trains to go end to end; 29 minutes for the old express. Now it takes 30 minutes for the new local and 25 minutes for the new express. They figured that keeping it around a half hour is enough and the 5 extra minutes is not worth it when not serving customers at bypassed stations. Gold Line riders still have it good, it takes the Orange Line 39 to 43 minutes to complete the same distance of 14 miles, even the old running times are good.