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L.A. urged to embrace bus rapid transit

The Orange Line bus is one example of bus rapid transit in L.A. Some local activists want to see more of it. (Oran Viriyincy/flickr/cc)

The planned $27 billion expansion of Los Angeles’s rail network is a welcome investment — but not enough to solve the city’s transit woes. That’s the opinion of Daniel Jacobson, an L. A.-based transit consultant and car-free resident of the city, in a guest column on Streetsblog LA.

Jacobson argues that the ingredient missing from the city’s latest transportation improvement plan is bus rapid transit (BRT). “For most Angelenos, including many in densely-populated, growing, or transit-dependent areas, buses will continue to serve as the only accessible mode of transit,” he writes.

In some neighborhoods, all that’s needed are safer bus shelters that provide real-time schedule updates. Underserved areas, however, may require dedicated bus lanes with “rail-like infrastructure,” he advises. The city presently offers service that it promotes as BRT, but Jacobson complains that the routes and schedules are too limited.

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