Expert: LA Public Transit Will Surpass NY

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 01:26 PM

(photo by: harry_nl)

On The Takeaway this morning, traffic expert Rachel Weinberger says Los Angeles' public transportation system is poised to overtake New York's.  Other tidbits:  NY and LA are so congested, offering  money to get people to drive off peak won't work, because time-shifting really won't help.

Anyway she says, people are already offered money to travel off-peak in New York: a discount on tolls.

Listen to the whole interview here.


Comments [5]


L.A.'s Metro system might well surpass New York's in terms of overall miles and in the number of stations. But I can't see how it will ever come close New York in terms of density, or in infrastructural provisions such as quad-tracking.

Most people here will still drive, but even now some of us can choose not to, and that's something.

Jun. 30 2012 03:16 PM
Alek F

I admire the author's passion for expanding LA's transit system,
however LA will never ever (!) surpass New York, or reach NYC's transit quality even remotely close.

NYC's subway system is one of the largest in the world. Compare that with LA's pitiful few LRT lines with a short subway line. Or with LA's buses that run ever 30 minutes most times, which takes forever (!) to get to your destination.

Even if all of the LA metro-rail projects go forward as planned (there are about a dozen of them), still LA will be very-very far from reaching the levels of New York subway system.

And buses just don't cut it, sorry.

Jun. 14 2012 04:13 PM
I want to drive


Are you on ????
LA is never going to surpass NYC.
LA is so addictive to driving.
Even when LA is improving public transportation, it thinks about how drivers could benefit, big parking lots.
Seriously, most rail stations have big parking lots. The only easy way to get to rail stations is by cars
In NYC, driving is torturing. Parking is expensive. Parking is difficult. Even rich people take public transportation
As a long term LA resident who never drives.
your comment really insult the large population of transit riders.
LA has done its best building rails and destroy bus systems. See the glorious Expo, and find out the big parking space. Find out how many people are taking bus after they train stations. Many people drive to train stations.
In NYC, car ownership is much much lower than LA. Talking about build parking space in NYC train station, NYC residents will scream, but it is required in LA. Not putting enough bus connection in train station in NYC, NYC people scream.
IN LA, bus is dirty word. Destroying bus is quite popular proposal among many idiot politicians and people like you

That is the reason nothing is going to change in LA

Thank you LA is getting worst because of you

Jun. 14 2012 03:45 PM

Ya can see that LA is going to surpass NYC in the coming years. LA has the motivation, the money, and Angelenos have the will to tax and spend money on transit. LA already has the highest ridership in transit outside of NYC. Good for them there in LA. I hope we can get more project off the ground and improve on our already good system.

Jun. 14 2012 12:52 PM

Good discussion on demand management, but misleading headline. All she did was make a quick joke at the end of the interview about the snail's pace of expansions of our transit system.

Jun. 14 2012 11:10 AM

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