July ridership numbers — Expo Line continues to make gains

Looks like a trend we’ve seen in recent months continues: Metro Rail ridership continues to increase while systemwide bus ridership is flat. The Expo Line continues to increase with more than 18,000 average weekday boardings.

That’s not a huge surprise with July being the first month that the full first phase was open between downtown L.A. and Culver City.

Below are the July numbers, which on the rail side are tabulated over the prior several months and then crunched to come up with the monthly numbers:

 Ridership Statistics

 Bus – Directly Operated

July 2012 July 2011 July 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 1,032,747 1,052,088 1,058,021
Average Saturday Boardings 718,137 731,024 722,957
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 539,825 536,218 536,789
Total Calendar Month Boardings 27,799,185 27,914,188 28,517,171


Directly operated bus ridership includes Orange and Silver Line ridership.


Bus – Contract


July 2012 July 2011 July 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 42,578 41,489 42,239
Average Saturday Boardings 25,227 24,243 24,418
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 19,101 18,170 18,633
Total Calendar Month Boardings 1,109,651 1,060,013 1,102,262


Bus – Systemwide


July 2012 July 2011 July 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 1,075,325 1,093,577 1,100,260
Average Saturday Boardings 743,364 755,267 747,375
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 558,926 554,388 555,422
Total Calendar Month Boardings 28,908,836 28,974,201 29,619,433


Directly operated bus ridership includes Orange and Silver Line ridership.

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AAA now offering ExpressLane transponders with 20 percent discount on initial tolls for Auto Club members

Here’s the news release from the Auto Club:
Beginning today, all Automobile Club of Southern California branches are offering Metro ExpressLane transponders at a 20 percent discount exclusively for Auto Club members. Currently, Auto Club branches are the only retail locations outside of Metro customer centers where the transponders can be obtained.
Existing and expanded carpool lanes will become ExpressLanes open to both toll-paying solo drivers and carpoolers on the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110) later this year and along Interstate 10 in East Los Angeles next year. All drivers, whether driving alone or in a carpool, will be required to have a transponder to use the Metro ExpressLanes.

Overnight 405 and Sunset Boulevard full closures twice this week as deck for new bridge is poured

Here’s the news:

Click above to see a larger work notice.


Measure R extension designated as Measure J on November 6 ballot

The Los Angeles County Registrar on Friday officially approved the Measure J title to the Metro-sponsored ballot measure asking county voters to extend the Measure R half-cent sales tax for 30 years – from mid-2039 to mid-2069. Here’s the ballot language that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot:

Accelerating Traffic Relief, Job Creation.
To advance Los Angeles County’s traffic relief, economic growth/ job creation, by accelerating construction of light rail/ subway/ airport connections within five years not twenty; funding countywide freeway traffic flow/ safety /bridge improvements, pothole repair; keeping senior/ student/ disabled fares low; Shall Los Angeles County’s voter-approved one-half cent traffic relief sales tax continue, without tax rate increase, for another 30 years or until voters decide to end it, with audits/ keeping funds local?

Transportation headlines, Monday, August 20

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Azusa residents get a chance to air complaint about Gold Line parking structure (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

A planned parking garage along Alameda Avenue in Azusa for the Gold Line Foothill Extension is getting a chilly reception for some residents because it would be built in existing Veterans Freedom Park. The city plans to add to overall park space to compensate but at a recent meeting that idea, too, was not greeted with wine, roses and chocolate, so to speak.

City of L.A. bike parking map now online! (LADOT Bike Blog)

The city has more than 5,000 bike parking spaces and the map shows the location of racks throughout L.A. The map allows you to see which racks and near which businesses and to also report a problem with a rack. Nice.

Councilman LaBonge wants Olympics back in L.A. (KNBC)

L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge has authored a motion asking the city to explore a future Olympics bid. Perhaps he read our recent post about L.A.’s transit readiness for such an event!

The latest segment of Mass Transit TV has footage of Dallas’ new Orange Line, new rail cars on the Chicago El and bus surveillance cameras and tunnel boring machines in Gotham.

Expo Line phase 2 construction notice for work on National/Palms Boulevard bridge

Good to see Expo Phase 2 work coming along on several fronts. Here’s the notice:

Service alert: Line 2 detours for Sunset Strip Music Festival in WeHo on Saturday

Special Event Detour

Affected Line: Metro Local Line 002 002
Effective Dates: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012


Line: 2

In effect2:30 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2012 Until 7:00 a.m. Sunday, August 19, 2012 Or when barricades are present

Location: Sunset Blvd. between San Vicente Blvd. & Doheny Dr.

ReasonAnnual Sunset Strip Music Festival

Line 2

Eastbound:  Regular route to Sunset Blvd. and Sierra Dr., then continue via Sunset Blvd. to (R) Doheny Dr., (L) Santa Monica Blvd., (L) San Vicente Blvd., (R) Sunset Blvd. and regular route.

Westbound: Regular route to Sunset Blvd. and La Cienega Blvd., then continue via Sunset Blvd. to (L) San Vicente Blvd., (R) Santa Monica Blvd., (R) Doheny Dr., (L) Sunset Blvd. and regular route.