Thursday, June 13, 2013

A quick look at the coming Los Angeles Light Rail and Subway lines/extensions (Yes, LA has subways)

The [Los Angeles Metro Rail (Think LA Light Rail, Subway, Buses)] Source - New ‘under construction’ map for Metro Rail debuts


This is the latest “under construction” map produced by Metro’s Creative Services staff. As you can see, there are five rail projects shown that aren’t on the usual day-to-day rail map: the second phase of the Expo Line, the Gold Line Foothill Extension, the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Regional Connector and Purple Line Extension of the subway.

The first two of those are under construction while utility relocations are underway on the other three.

It’s pretty impressive, given that prior to July 1990 — when the Blue Line opened — there was no Metro Rail. Check out this interactive map that shows how the system has grown in the past 23 years.

Metro Rail today has 87 miles of track and 80 stations and, of course, the system is set to expand beyond what’s shown above when other Measure R second and third decade projects are considered: the Eastside Gold Line Extension, the South Bay Green Line Extension, the Airport Metro Connector, the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor and the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor.  [GD: Post Leached in Full]

While you all might now care, I now ride the subway every workday so I care and since it's my blog... :P

We have a long way to go, but we're getting there, where public light rail/subway transportation really becomes viable for many areas of LA. The main problem. from my seat, is that it's still to hub focused. To focused on LA Union Station. But hey, again, there's hope with the new projects that even that will get better! :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I live in Los Angeles and I DO care. I also love riding the "train" as I call it when it goes where I want to go.