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Criteria

 

 

  • Over 800,000 people live within 2 miles
  • Denser population and employment than the even the Long Beach Blue Line, and 2-3 times San Diego or Portland
  • Light rail will provide the speed, comfort, and capacity needed to serve the Exposition corridor's dense population, many jobs, and world-record traffic

Exposition Population

Expo population map

  • Within 1/2 Mile (walking distance)         218,000 people       12,200/sq. mi.
  • Within 2 Miles (10-minute bus ride)      837,000people       13,300 /sq. mi.

The population within two miles would be the 12th-largest city in the United States! Particularly high-density neighborhoods include downtown, Baldwin Hills, Palms, West L.A., and Santa Monica.

Light Rail Corridors

Population graph

  • Exposition and Eastside are top light rail corridors in Los Angeles.
  • Population densities 2-3 times other successful light rail lines!

Source: U.S. Census 2000 tract populations from P.L. 94-171 Counts (Updated 4/7/01)

Capacity

 

One light rail train ( 228 seats)

= Four articulated buses (@57 seats)

= Six regular low-floor buses (@38 seats)

 

Speed and Cost

The "bus rapid transit" alternative for phase 2 would be slower and have lower capacity than the light rail extension this corridor requires.

The Expo Line is projected to carry over 50,000 daily riders. To match the planned capacity of a 3-car train every 5-6 minutes would require a bus a minute in each directionóa bus every 30 seconds.

Light rail would take 35-45 minutes from 4th Street, Santa Monica to 7th Street, downtown Los Angeles. 

A busway built to the standard of light rail, with a number of grade-separations, would cost nearly as much as light rail, but still be slowed by remaining intersection signals and the transfer in Culver City.

An at-grade busway like the Valley's Orange Line would be even worse, with buses slowing or stopping at all intersections.

(updated 4/8/09)

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