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BRT in L.A.: "The Valley's New Shortcut"

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The orange bus rapid transit line in Los Angeles has been running since 2005. The BRT -- as it's called -- runs 14 miles along the San Fernando Valley on abandoned train line. It imitates a train -- with station stops, pre-paid boarding, and signal priority at red lights. This month, it will see its 25 millionth rider. Joyce Green and Richard Freelzin are two of them:

Green: "It's much better than stressing about traffic on the freeway."

Freelzin: "It's easier than trying to spend $200-300 a month plus wear and tear on the car."

But, despite slashing the route from well over an hour to about to 45 minutes, the orange line is still struggling to convince Angelenos to get out of their cars and onto mass transit. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein spoke with Richard Hunt , who oversees buses for the L.A. MTA.

Next week, can BRT work in New York City?

More on the Bus Rapid Transit series >>

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Metro Orange Line. \"The Valley’s new shortcut\".
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Metro Orange Line. \"The Valley’s new shortcut\".
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Metro Orange Line. \"The Valley’s new shortcut\".

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Comments [5]

carter

As others have said, this line needs to be put underground as a continuation of the red line. Reason it was not in the first place was the Jewish temples and schools on/around the Chandler portion of the line, and of course the expense factor.
Spending more money to extend it to Chatsworth is money not well spent. Those funds should be used to start drawings on the undergrounding of the line, and asap.

Jun. 11 2009 11:54 AM
Andrew Dawson

The Orange line is an expensive flop, bus service needs to be better over all, but this was a "RAILROAD LINE" & it should have been a commuter rail line!

Jun. 11 2009 12:18 AM
Rich

LA has more than 200 miles of rail if you include Metrolink commuter rail, which has five lines in the county.

Jun. 10 2009 08:06 PM
interurbans

The Orange Bus line (BRT) was a failure from the start. It was at capacity within weeks of opening and capacity can not be increased do to blockage of cross traffic. It takes more than twice as long, cost more than three times as much per a passenger mile to operate, has slow and difficult ADA loading, cramped and uncomfortable interior, a very rough ride, has only a ¼ the capacity and increased pollution than if it were an LRT line which it needs to be upgraded to. Due to the above much of the ridership has returned to driving not to mention all of the potential riders that are still driving. Most other BRT lines country wide have had similar experience.

Jun. 10 2009 04:07 PM
ari papandreopu

Great article ny suburbs needs a system like this.again thank you.

Jun. 10 2009 06:56 AM

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