Peeling the Orange

So even though the Orange Line is the most popular thing since double espressos, the Westbound Ventura Freeway has been total, absolute shit the past two days.

Here’s part of Rachel Uranga‘s story:

With the Orange Line nearly surpassing its 15-year ridership goals in just seven months, transit experts say the MTA should consider expanding the line and even adopting a light-rail system – sooner rather than later – to meet soaring passenger demand.

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Considered the Cadillac of the MTA system, the ($330 million) busway boasts its own landscaping, right-of-way and a bike path. The 57-seat, train-like buses see more riders than the $898 million Gold Line that runs from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles.

I figure the line will eventually get tracks and electric trains — but they’ve got to finish the final station somewhere near Canoga Park High and get the buses off the streets of Warner Center first. There hasn’t been any news of late about buses running into cars and vice versa, but if they do go for rail, they’ll have to put up crossing arms at all the intersections. There just aren’t enough Camrys to go around otherwise.

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