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pdf here What should the Metro Bus network look like in the future? The agency’s ongoing NextGen Study has been underway for a year and is Metro’s attempt to restructure and reimagine its bus network, with changes aimed to begin late next year. Metro staff have issued a new report [continue reading]
A motion by four Metro Board Members — L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia — was introduced to offer free rides on the Metro system. This is something that is done in several other major metro areas to encourage more [continue reading]
What should the Metro Bus network look like in the future? The agency’s ongoing NextGen Study has been underway for a year and is Metro’s attempt to restructure and reimagine its bus network, with changes aimed to begin late next year.
Metro staff have issued a new report with some interestingness on the work thus far. Some excerpts:
•The Metro Bus network still carries about 70 percent of boardings on Metro’s transit system, which includes bus and rail.
•Seven percent of L.A. County residents are frequent riders on the Metro Bus system and account for 80 percent of all Metro Bus boardings. But the number of frequent riders has been declining.
•From the report: “ The question becomes whether it is prudent to continue prioritizing a shrinking ridership base or explore emerging markets which may have different travel preferences.”
•From the report: “Both current riders and non-riders agree that the most important service parameters Metro should focus on are being fast, frequent and reliable.”
•Metro captures the largest market share on trips over 10 miles — which are only 16 percent of all trips taken in L.A. County.
•By contrast, 46 percent of all trips are one to five miles. If Metro had the same market share of short trips as long trips, bus ridership would increase significantly.
•Short trips primarily occur during midday or evening whereas long trips tend to be during peak commute times in the morning and evening.
•Metro believes that people will take the bus — as long as it doesn’t take more than twice as long as driving. The agency’s strategies for speeding up bus trips are to push for more bus lanes and transit signal priority and bus stop consolidation. It’s worth noting that local cities or the county control traffic signals and lane configurations on roads.
•From the report: There are two areas where Metro should focus on to better meet the needs of LA County travel — by making long-distance trips faster and serving more short distance riders by running more frequent buses.
•From the report: “ The initial assumption of the NextGen Bus Study is to develop a service plan within the range of 7 million service hours, plus or minus 10 percent (6.3 million to 7.7 million hours). However, this does not preclude Metro from developing a service plan that exceeds this range should the benefits justify any tradeoffs to other Metro projects and programs.”
Here is the NextGen Study’s home page . Thoughts on the new report? Comment please.
A motion by four Metro Board Members — L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia — was introduced to offer free rides on the Metro system. This is something that is done in several other major metro areas to encourage more people to vote.
The full Metro Board will consider the motion at their meeting next Thursday. Here’s the text of the motion:
Mayor Garcetti, Supervisor Kuehl, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, and Mayor Garcia
MTA should help reduce the barriers to voting for the individuals that rely on MTA for mobility. In the June 2018 primary election, Los Angeles County saw a voter turnout of just 28%, which is the second lowest of the 47 California counties that reported. Additionally, studies have shown that minority, low-income, persons with disabilities, and youth voters in particular have consistently lower turnout than average. These populations are also the ones most reliant on MTA for mobility.
Voters cannot reach polls without adequate means of transportation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 2016 Survey of the Performance of American Elections (SPAE) found that approximately 30% of nonvoters across the country claimed that the lack of transportation to the polls was a factor for not voting. In California, that number rose to 51%.
Additionally, SPAE and similar studies showed that lack of access to transportation to get to polls disproportionally affects minority, low-income, persons with disabilities, and youth voters. For example, over 50% of non-voters said that a disability or illness was a factor in deciding not to vote and turnout for persons with disabilities has been declining.
To encourage voter turnout, transit operators across the country provide free public transportation on Election Day. Larger cities include Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Tampa, Kansas City, and Durham. In Minnesota, public transportation agencies are required by law to provide free rides on Election Day. The number of transit operators taking this approach continues to grow, and MTA should ensure that it does not fall behind.
WE, THEREFORE, direct the CEO to:
In consultation with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, report back to the Board by the February 2019 cycle on whether or not to make free transit permanent on federal and statewide election days.
And here’s a news release issued on the motion from the Mayor’s office:
MAYOR GARCETTI INTRODUCES METRO MOTIONTO PROVIDE FREE TRANSIT ON ELECTION DAYLOS ANGELES
Mayor Eric Garcetti today introduced a motion to help eliminate a leading barrier to voter participation, by providing all riders with free Election Day rides on Metro.
The Mayor and three co-authors — Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia — put the proposal forward at the Metro Executive Management Committee meeting, directing the transit agency to lift fares for all riders on Nov. 6, 2018.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 2016 Survey of the Performance of American Elections (SPAE) found that 51% of California voters cited a lack of transportation as a factor for not voting. Other studies have shown that lack of access to transportation to get to polls disproportionately affects minority voters, people with low incomes, persons with disabilities, and young people; these populations are also the ones most reliant on Metro for mobility.
“A lack of transportation should never stand between a voter and the polls,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Every vote counts in this democracy, and we have to do everything we can to help Americans exercise our most fundamental right.”
“Voting is one of the most important acts of civic engagement,” said Metro Chair and L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, “And Metro wants to make sure our County voters get the message: ‘Please vote! We want to make it easy for you.’”
“On election day, our priority must be making sure voters in all corners of the county are undeterred from getting to the ballot box and exercising their right to vote,” said Director Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Free rides are a great way to help make that happen.”
“Unfortunately, transportation is an obstacle many voters face when trying to get to their polling place,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I’m glad that free transit will be offered as a resource to ensure every voter has a way to get to their polling place and cast their vote.”
The motion will go to the Metro Board of Directors for approval at its regular meeting on October 25.