L.A. Metro Unveils Plans to Reverse Decline in Ridership, Adds Buses and Removes Stops

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A Metro bus in seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

A Metro bus in seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County transportation officials on Monday unveiled plans for more frequent bus service on more corridors, a change they said could help reverse a steep decline in bus ridership.

If approved, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan would be the first overhaul of the region’s bus network in more than 25 years. Riders would see changes on the street by the end of next year, officials said.

The plan calls for buses that arrive every 10 minutes or less — and in some cases, as frequently as every five minutes — on 29 major routes. About 83% of Metro riders could walk to a bus stop with that level of service, compared with 48% now, officials said.

The proposal also calls for a $1-billion, five-year capital program to improve bus reliability, speed and comfort. The proposal includes $750 million for bus-only lanes, synchronized traffic signals and other improvements, and about $150 million for shelters and other changes at busy stops.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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