Orange Line Busway opens Oct. 29


We got a brochure in the mail from the MTA announcing the day. The Orange Line travel times aren’t in yet — they’re probably still figuring it out with the test runs (I’ve seen a total of one bus so far). But the Daily News today, in a Lisa Mascaro story warning motorists about the weight of an MTA bus, should it hit your car head-on, had the following at the end of the story :

The 14-mile busway, between North Hollywood and Warner Center, is expected to carry travelers across the Valley in about 40 minutes.

During its busiest times, as many as two dozen 60-foot buses will be running along the busway.

Forty minutes from North Hollywood to Warner Center. Not bad, especially considering the buses still have to deal with picking up passengers and stopping for traffic signals. If it can get me a 20-minute commute from Van Nuys to Warner Center, I will be very, very happy. If it’s 30 minutes, I will be less happy. Longer than that, and I will be unhappy.

A graphic in a less-recent Daily News said that there will be bike racks INSIDE the bus. Sounds better to me than the current MTA buses, which have bike racks on the front. The pressure of strapping the bike in and then running to the front of the bus to take it off at the end of the trip is too much for me to handle. But there will be only three racks per bus, and really, how much space do you expect a bus to have for bikes? I’m thinking skateboard or scooter to complete my regression into total teenagehood.

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