It has been over two months since I became a regular bus rider. As I shared in my previous article, my office recently moved from Koreatown (where I was able to reach with ease riding the subway) to Alhambra (which is not served by Metro rail at all). Thus my morning commute now consists of 15 minutes of walking, a short ride on the subway, a 30-minute bus ride, and another 10 minutes on foot. This is just to get to work; I have to do the reverse to return home. Taking public transit to and from a suburb located about nine miles east of my home has been anything but convenient. It would be easy for me to just complain about it endlessly or even give up on the bus altogether. However, I have chosen to stick with it for now because I cannot dismiss riding the bus as an entirely bad experience. As a planner who tends to think about and reflect upon my experiences (perhaps too much), I want to share the following observations about bus riding in Los Angeles. I must clarify though that my comments are from my perspective as a public transit user only, not as a transportation planner, since I lack formal training and experience in the field of transportation planning. [Read more…] about Riding the Bus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Whenever “public transit” is mentioned here in Los Angeles, most people immediately think of Metro and the transportation services it offers. This is only logical considering that Metro directly operates bus and rail services, and provides funding and directs planning for commuter rail and freeway/expressway projects within Los Angeles County. While Metro’s projects and accomplishments are well-documented and regularly covered in the news, I would instead like to draw attention to another public agency that is doing a lot to meet the local transportation needs of residents in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County: the County’s Department of Public Works (DPW). Specifically, this article discusses the shuttle services offered by DPW as an example of how critical it is to connect the dots, i.e. linking residents to popular community destinations such as parks, libraries, government offices, schools, and shopping centers. [Read more…] about Connecting the Dots: Shuttle Services for Unincorporated Areas
What do people want? What do community members like or dislike? As planners, these are the types of questions we generally ask as part of any planning process. [Read more…] about Surveys: Finding Out What People Want
I was watching TV the other night when the movie Speed (1994) came on. For those who have not seen it, Speed is an action film set in Los Angeles that starred Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, and Jeff Daniels. In the words of Roger Ebert, [Read more…] about Los Angeles: 20 Years after Speed
At one time, Los Angeles had the backbone of a great transit system. Today, it does not! Why not?
Los Angeles, CA – The newly extended Expo line has created a lot of excitement in the Downtown area and surrounding communities. Both the local area and USC have greatly benefitted from this new project. It allows community members to have the opportunity to not only explore different parts of Los Angeles, but also allows the community to have easier access and opportunities to jobs and employment. [Read more…] about Expo Line – Culver City and Farmdale stations opened
Los Angeles – While getting Los Angeles residents out of their cars has proven a tough task, the expansion of the city’s rail transit service in the past two decades shows more Angelenos embracing public transportation. [Read more…] about Popularity of LA’s Light-Rail System Growing
According to a memo from the Transit coalition, phase one of the planned extension to the Purple line may have an interim terminus station [Read more…] about Metro Purple Line to open first stop on Wilshire and La Cienega