If You Want More Rail Passengers, You Need More Rail Service!


By Noel T. Braymer

This summer LA Metro extended service for both the Gold and Expo Light Rail Lines from Pasadena to Azusa and from Culver City to Santa Monica. The result was ridership jumped on both lines and these trains are often crowded. Efforts are underway to get more equipment in service sooner to add cars to these trains and to run more frequent service. Earlier this year there were stories in the newspapers that LA Metro ridership was down from previous record highs from a few years ago. What these news stories failed to report was the declining ridership numbers followed reductions in service in an attempt to save money. It’s hard to ride a train or bus if it isn’t there to go where you want to go. It has been observed for years that usually when service is improved either with faster service, service extensions to…

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