Metro ridership shows slight uptick in May

Before I get to the latest ridership numbers, I wanted to include my daily nag to take our latest survey above — if you haven’t already. I suspect results from this poll, which I’ll discuss at a later date, may have something to do with the ridership numbers below.

As for the latest Metro ridership numbers from this past May, there was a slight increase over May 2010 (39,423,063 compared to 39,258,435). Most of the gains were on the bus side of Metro operations, but Metro Rail saw an increase, too.

Overall, Metro and many other agencies are still trying to reach ridership highs of 2008. On a national level, ridership was slightly up in the first quarter of 2011, according to stats compiled [pdf] by the American Public Transportation Assn.

The prevailing view among many agencies across the country is that the recession, unemployment, fluctuating gas prices, dips in funding for transit and accompanying service cuts have all impacted ridership in the past three years.

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@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#ArtOfTransit

Tracktwentynine: Hoping @metrolosangeles will consider this photo for their #artoftransit series: http://t.co/kfV2PN4

HunterKerhart: The @metrolosangeles Gold Line at Union Station, LA http://flic.kr/p/9STqvm

zachbehrens: Boarding a @MetroLosAngeles rapid bus in black and white. http://instagr.am/p/FdqrX/

#MetroFail

RobertMoranLA: I have often wondered why there are no benches at #metrolosangeles bus stops in LA…especially in downtown LA. #dtla

tedder42: Official Google Blog: (..) live transit updates in Google Maps http://bit.ly/jOY8my // doesn’t include @metrolosangeles :-/

#MetroWin

Dommy_in_LA: @miffyeats Hope the Bus isn’t getting you down too much! Nextbus.com web app for @metrolosangeles buses (not rail :() has saved my sanity!

chadl2: On @metrolosangeles this Sunday. Trying to be relaxed yet productive today.

misslisagfrench: it’s getting serious w/ @metrolosangeles now. i bought a tap card because i like what running up all those stairs is doing for my butt.

laurbannerd: Exactly what we need!!! @metrolosangeles: Downtown Metro Rail station to get snack bar this summer http://t.co/CAHyIRH

@misslisagfrench brings up a good point – Metro Rail staircases can save you from purchasing a gym membership! More tweets after the jump. Continue reading


Please tell us how long you have been riding transit!

Please indulge me and participate in our most recent poll. I’d like to see more numbers because this is an issue that interests me: it says something about transit’s ability to attract new riders these days.

Thus far, the numbers collected in our poll are strikingly different than national numbers from the American Public Transit Assn.

@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#MetroFail

hnjohnso The design of the @metrolosangeles 7th/metro station is awkward if you have one way and want to go from red to blue line. Are you supposed to exit to buy a ticket and then go back in to transfer trains? In the same station? So dumb. #metrolosangeles

helloitsmike Speechless. The 232 bus driver just got off the bus and went into starbucks. Mid-route. Unbelievable. @metrolosangeles

LovesToNomNom Packed like sardines on the @metrolosangeles Orange Line. Hold on tight!

tylerbhenson Hate it when @metrolosangeles buses stay at a stop forever and go 2 mph bc we’re ahead of schedule! Heaven forbid we be early! #fail

jeffhort: @metrolosangeles #fail What’s next for Leimert? RT @mridleythomas http://1.usa.gov/ju1oK8

#MetroWin

GabyRed Thank You @metrolosangeles for the new Nextrip service!! It has helped me A LOT!!

synonympho En route to an audition via @metrolosangeles. Feels like I’m back in NYC!

tracktwentynine: One of the things I like about following @metrolosangeles is their daily transpo picture. Something to think about, @metroopensdoors?

#ObservationsInTransit

classical_pm: @metrolosangeles Ooo, my cube’s missing its insert. This can only mean one thing: Nextrip inserts! http://twitpic.com/55rc9z

hnjohnso Mozilla crashed and messed up the display at @metrolosangeles MacArthur park station. Lol. http://twitpic.com/58cx9p

misslisagfrench all right, @metrolosangeles you & me are gonna get reacquainted tomorrow morning. i’ll bring a book & a killer soundtrack.

bajyllionth @ExpoLine @metrolosangeles Sure is taking forever; can’t wait til it’s done!!! 30 years overdue in my humble opinion.

 

 

 

 

 


@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#MetroFail

GraphikDeziner Ungh…train is nearly 10 minutes late :/ c’mon @metrolosangeles where are you?!?

igetrad don’t ride the @metrolosangeles 720 if you don’t like #cuddlingwithstrangers

jeffhort: @metrolosangeles MTA #FAIL RT @LANow Metro board declines to set aside money for rail station at Leimert Park Village http://lat.ms/iXWfLe

#MetroWin

djmaharaja: Once again I realize why riding @metrolosangeles is so much better than driving… half hour on the road and im still not close to downtown

librosoverhos: Thanks, @metrolosangeles! This is great news! http://ht.ly/54ReA Now if u could just make a Fareless Square like @trimet#inPDX. Please?

cehernandez22: LA is soo innovative with their trans RT @metrolosangeles Will Offer Rolling Monthly and Weekly Passes Starting in Aug. http://t.co/ucbBiCx

movingpro: Good news for public transportation! RT @LAist: FINALLY: @MetroLosAngeles Will Offer Rolling Monthly and Weekly Passes http://ht.ly/54K0K

estarla: Hallelujah! Go Metro! RT @LAist FINALLY: @MetroLosAngeles Will Offer Rolling Monthly and Weekly Passes http://ht.ly/54K0K

cjisrad: Thanks for the Day Pass price reduction @MetroLosAngeleshttp://t.co/uRIt0nT

myles111us: @metrolosangeles – In the past two years the progress you have made in the L.A. transit system is nothing short of remarkable. Thank you.

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@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use theCustomer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#MetroFail

plusMETRO This lady tried and failed to pay for a Big Blue Bus fare with a @metrolosangeles TAP card! How embarrassing … for the Transit Agencies.

sunny_Menagerie This bus was over a half hour late…@metrolosangeles makes me want to listen to BLG & 30 seconds to mars while watching traffic light

yestrask Yeah @metrolosangeles, I wanted to spend over an hour of my Saturday night not with my friends, but waiting for the 4. Get it together.

the_anty i will never understand why typing in actual @metrolosangeles station names doesn’t always work on mta.net route planning

Kythera Bus 5185 (westbound 108) is OUT of transfers?? Would have been nice to know before I paid for one. @metrolosangeles

yestrask Thanks again @metrolosangeles, I could have walked faster.

tedder42 Doing the westside walk to work, @metrolosangeles driver didn’t stop at the eastside stop.

mandiesurja 243 at Winnetka/Parthenia always late… More than 5 minutes… It should be there at 8 AM… @metrolosangeles

#MetroWin

LAUrbanNerd Super stoked about the number of bikes i saw on the red line tonight. Way to go LA! @metrolosangeles

MarioACarrasco Taking the @metrolosangeles from Pasadena to the @Dodgers trolley. Free parking and free trolley! #MetroAdventure #Dodgers

Redebbm It’s nice when then newer bus is actually able to get over the hill on this route. Also it smells like good pizza (+) #metrolosangeles

SurrealMystery I love that they show @JaceHall on @TransitTVLA :) That’s a plus for you @MetroLosAngeles. #MetroLAwin

uxumuxo I’ve been riding/walking along the future Expo line. Nice work, @metrolosangeles . It’s gonna be awesome.

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Why I Cycle: The bike-to-transit experience

In celebration of National Bike Month and Bike Week L.A. (this week!) we’ve launched a new survey series entitled ‘Why I Cycle.’ This series spotlights local bicyclists who have made the daring leap from car-dependent to car-free or at least car-light in Los Angeles.

Want to share your story? Point your browser to thesource.metro.net/cyclesurvey

Why I Cycle: Connecting Transit Modes

Of particular interest to Metro is bike-to-transit behavior. The results: 49% of Why I Cycle survey respondents said they bike to fill a commuting gap – the fabled “last mile” dilemma.

We asked “If you ride your bike to transit, what lines do you take?”

Many people use a mix of transit but Metro Rail received the most votes, followed by Metro Rapid and Local buses.

Why I Cycle: Rail Station AccessWe asked Metro Rail riders how they access stations with their bikes. Results: 32% said they use the stairs, 18% use the escalators and 16% use the elevators. The remaining 16% said they don’t take their bikes on the train.

The large percentage of cyclists who access Metro rail stations using the stairs will be happy to hear that thanks to feedback at Metro’s Bicycle Roundtable, special stair channels for bicycles will be considered in the design of new Metro stations. The under construction El Monte Transit Station will be the first station to implement stair channels.

We also asked for specific ideas on how to improve bike-to-transit connections. Many said they’d like to see rail cars added that are solely dedicated for bicycles. Others complained that turnstiles made it difficult to enter stations and that wider gates should be installed. Bus racks capable of holding three bikes was another common suggestion.

After the jump, more thoughts from survey respondents on how to improve the bike-to-transit experience. Continue reading

@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use theCustomer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#MetroFail

mfarnan @metrolosangeles Driver of bus 7112 is the slowest ever. Hasn’t gone more than 10mph. We’re getting passed by bikes. Seriously. #fail

Denise_V @metrolosangeles Why is the bus 201 so behind? Been waiting for 30 mins! It was scheduled to come at 6:02 and now it’s 6:30. Makes no sense

jaredjerome @metrolosangeles 260 northbound is 86 minutes away accordin to next stop schedule has it here in 20. I’ll just keep hanging in the ghetto.

SurrealMystery Wow, @MetroLosAngeles has been really disappointing lately. “The 78 should’ve been here already” is something I say 6 times a week now.

#MetroWin

heartz456 @metrolosangeles I am so Grateful for you <3

inc1979 Photo: a perfect way to get around without traffic – @MetroLosAngeleshttp://tumblr.com/xdx2gnv4qw

MarioACarrasco Beautiful day @pacpark w/@cynthianatalie! Thanks @metrolosangeles! #MetroAdventurehttp://twitpic.com/4us1nf

cynthianatalie @MarioACarrasco reflections of my #MetroAdventure …LA looks so different from my @MetroLosAngeles seat. #NewFanRightHere

jeffhort Schlepping through south central #LA to find some gas. Prolly shoulda gone @metrolosangeles (@ Two & One Liquor Store)

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Why I Cycle: Joseph, Long Beach

In celebration of National Bike Month and in anticipation of Bike Week L.A. (May 16-20) we’ve launched a new survey series entitled ‘Why I Cycle’. This series spotlights local bicyclists who have made the daring leap from car-dependent to car-free or at least car-light in Los Angeles.

Want to share your story? Point your browser to thesource.metro.net/cyclesurvey

Name: Joseph
Location: Long Beach

What’s the No. 1 reason you bicycle?

It’s fastest, cheapest and most fun way to get exercise. Going to the gym would waste more time (I have to get places anyone), it is boring, and expensive. My bike is cheaper than driving, heck it’s cheaper than an Easy Pass or LB Transit pass, and it is faster than driving to work and then driving to the gym 3 times a week.

What bike paths, routes or lanes do you take?

I don’t have any on my current route to work. :-(
But I do take bike lanes to church, to the beach or Belmont Shore, and to restaurants in Downtown Long Beach.

If you could make one change to improve your biking experience in Los Angeles County, what would it be?

Bike lanes or cycletracks on all major streets, especial the streets that intersect with every rail and rapid transit line. May more people would bike for transportation if they felt safe and if it was a pleasant experience, not dodging traffic or dealing with winding side streets.

What specific improvements would you recommend to improve bike-to-transit trips?

Increase bike parking at all rapid transit stations, and add bike racks at EVERY bus stop. Make sure there are safe ways (protected or buffered bike lanes, cycletracks, or bike boulevards) to get to every bus stop or transit station. And make it possible to rent bikes at major stations, so people can leave a bike at one station and then pick up another when they get to their destination, without having to cram the bike onto the train. Washington DC’s bike sharing system is a great example.

How would you encourage others to bicycle?

Los Angeles is beautiful and it has the best weather and some of the best terrain for bike riding in the whole world. Why stay stuck in traffic, in your car, when you can get exercise, save money, have fun, and even save time by riding a bike and taking transit?

Briefly, how would you describe your typical biking experience?

I love it!

Why I Cycle: Describe your typical biking experience?

In celebration of National Bike Month and in anticipation of Bike Week L.A. (May 16-20) we’ve launched a new survey series entitled ‘Why I Cycle’. This series spotlights local bicyclists who have made the daring leap from car-dependent to car-free or at least car-light in Los Angeles.

Want to share your story? Point your browser to thesource.metro.net/cyclesurvey

Why I Cycle: Describe your typical biking experience

The people have spoken and they love biking.

When asked, “How would you describe your typical biking experience?,” 69% of Why I Cycle survey respondents said “I love it!

Twenty five percent said “I deal with it.” and only 2% said “I hate it. There has to be a better way.

It’s interesting to compare these results to the answers to a similar question on our Why You Ride (or Don’t) surveys. In response to the question, “How would you describe your typical transit experience?, 48% responded with “I love it!,”  42% said “I deal with it,” and 11% said “I hate it.” On the driving side, only 15% said they “love” their car commute, while 56% said “I deal with it.” And 26% said “I hate it.

One reason for this outpouring of cycle love could come down to simple economics. To wit:

Why I Cycle: how much do yu spend each month traveling by bicycle

Seventy eight percent of respondents say they spend less than $25. Meanwhile, 7% say they spend $25-$50, 10% spend $50-$100 and 0% report spending more than $100 per month on bike travel.

Compare that to our Why You Ride (or Don’t) results in which most transit users said they spend $50 to $100 each month and most drivers report spending between $100 and $300 on monthly transportation costs.