Posts on The Source are often just half the story. Our commenters offer insights, ideas and clever witticisms that make up the other half. This weekly roundup highlights our favorite comments.
Steve’s Five things I’m thinking about transportation post got a lot of people thinking, including reader Scott Mercer who noted that bus connections at existing rail termini could be greatly improved:
Regarding your point on “greatly enhancing” bus service west of the VA Hospital, this is something that should be done RIGHT NOW.
The most obvious location for this would be a “bus bridge” between the Green Line terminus in Norwalk and the Metrolink station two miles to the east. A shuttle type service should be running there, at the same times and frequencies as the Green Line trains, especially during rush hours. Have it stop only at major aterials (I think there are only two). Demand may not be great at certain times of the day, so small buses could be used at those times.
Another obvious service of this type would be connecting the North Hollywood Red Line station to Burbank Airport. Burbank Bus runs a service like this now, but it is very infrequent, and doesn’t run nights at all. This service should run as long as the Red Line is open, and just as frequently, to “extend” the Red Line service to the airport. Another connection would be NoHo Red Line station directly to downtown Burbank and the Metrolink station there. Burbank Bus does not run a line at all like this. This should run whenever Metrolink trains are running, with the last bus half an hour after the last Metrolink train.
David also had a comment on Five things I’m thinking about transportation regarding the flyover ramps being built at the 405 freeway-Wilshire Boulevard interchange:
Steve, I totally agree on the importance of reworking the Wilshire on/off ramps. When the Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire ramps on the Southbound side were reconfigured a few years back when the Southbound HOV lane was added, the southbound morning back up no longer extended to Santa Monica Blvd. It moved “back” to Sunset, which was not reworked. This was not due to the carpool lane, it was a direct result of the ramp redesign. Having said that, it really makes me shake my head when I see all the work that is going into once again reconfiguring the Wilshire SB ramps. I presume this is to somehow aid in adding the northbound HOV lane. Someone could have saved a lot of money if they had done it “right” the first time.
One last comment from Five things I’m thinking about transportation, this one from Irwin about TAP’s long-awaited stored value feature:
So speaking of TAP stored value function… will Metro work with Cubic to make sure the maximum value deducted during a 24-hour period is $6? The same value as a day pass… It seems too easy and too straight forward so that’s why I’m worried Metro will screw this one up.
The technology is there. I recently visited London and the Cubic manufactured Oyster Card features “daily price capping” which ensure that riders never pay more than the cost of a Day Travelcard. TAP staff would be wise to follow suit.
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