Metro tested all-door boarding on some key stops on the Rapid 720 bus last summer on Wilshire Boulevard. The study below provides the official results: the boarding of buses was quicker, helping buses better stick to their schedules.
As a next step, Metro staff recommended testing all-door boarding along the entire Silver Line, set to take place this summer. The Metro Board of Directors approved this plan at today’s board meeting. They also approved the motion for staff to report back in 90 days on the possibility of expanding the all-door boarding pilot program to include the Reseda Boulevard Rapid 744, with testing on the line to start in Fall 2016.
As part of the test, Metro staff has recommended that all customers use TAP, and plans are already in place to put TAP vending machines at key Silver Line stations, including Harbor Gateway. TAP validators would also be installed at the front and rear doors of buses. Having all riders use TAP will make fare enforcement easier.
For more background on why the Silver Line was selected to be part of all-door boarding testing, check out this previous Source post.
Here’s video of the all-door boarding on the 720 last year:
And here’s the full Metro staff report evaluating last year’s all-door boarding pilot on the 720:
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