Exposition Light Rail Line Project Developments May 3, 2012 9:41:50 GMT -8
Post by bzcat on May 3, 2012 9:41:50 GMT -8
My biggest concern is bus connections. The bus headways are very long in the Westside and I don't think the Blue Bus even runs after 6 or 7 pm on the lines it connects with Expo. It would have been really great if we had streetcar service on important corridors (National, Venice, etc.) instead of the lousy bus service.
Another good solution is, instead of operating large buses with long headways, small buses or even large vans with short headways (like 10 minutes). That would be much more efficient. 30-minute bus headways are deal breaker for most people.
I don't think smaller buses with short headway will help because they will just bunch in Westside traffic and not be able to keep to the schedule (which is worse than long wait in my opinion).
The lack of bus connection right now is the biggest problem... but that will change when Expo opens to Culver City.
CC#1 has 12~15 minute headway until 6:30 pm and 20 minute headway until 7:30pm. Extending the 20 minute headway to 8:30 pm will help.
BBB#12 currently has 15 minute headways until 7:30 pm but BBB has already said that it will convert Super 12 to Rapid 12 with all day service (I assume that means until 10pm like Rapid 7) when the Expo opens to Culver City. When you layer #12 and Super 12, that will effectively reduce headway to a very reasonable ~10 minutes all day. We shall see...
BBB#5 is a bit of unknown right now because it is being rerouted and no schedule is available yet. But it currently runs 20 minutes headway during rush hour and goes to 30 minute headway at 8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm from Century City only. I would think going to 15 minutes will be necessary during rush hour.
Metro 733 has 10~12 minute headways until 7:30pm and 20 minute headway until 9pm. When layered with Metro 33, the headway is pretty reasonable for going down Venice Blvd.