06 Jul '11, 3pm

Is Los Angeles Metro throwing bus riders under the bus?

Is Los Angeles Metro throwing bus riders under the bus?

Symbolically, the 305 links the "poor south" and the "affluent west," and thus helps everyone feel good about having served domestic workers. In fact, the 305 runs through a small part of the vast "poor south" and a small part of the vast "affluent west," but it's still useless for most of the people making that kind of trip, because both areas are so large that no one bus line, or even five, could link all of the likely origin-destination pairs between them.... This problem is why frequency and connections were invented . The governing principle of transit in these core parts of Los Angeles is the high-frequency grid , which allows everywhere-to-everywhere travel at high frequencies with at most one connection. Yes, it may be sad that some domestic workers who are used to zero-transfer trips are now going to have a one-transfer trip, but that only means that 305 riders wi...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/transportation/2011-07-06-is-los-ang...

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