A Los Angeles Rapid bus line
The City of Angels may be well known for its Hollywood celebrities and sunny weather, but it’s also infamous for its pollution, traffic, and auto-centric culture. In an article titled “How Los Angeles – Yes, Los Angeles – Is Becoming America’s Next Great Mass-Transit City,” Matthew Yglesias writes how the city aims to transform itself into a commuter-friendly metropolis.
Some key points in the article:
- Voters have passed ballot proposition that creates a dedicated funding stream for new transit
- Areas are being rezoned to create more bike and pedestrian-friendly byways
- Metro area shows a 10.7% increase in mass transit, as opposed with a 3.6% increase in driving
Just how critical is Los Angeles’ move towards alternative modes of transportation? According to Yglesias:
“The average population density throughout the urban area is actually the highest in America even though the core is much less dense than an eastern city like New York or Boston. The result [is] legendary traffic jams, combined with a practical inability to widen the arterial freeways that form the backbone of the city’s transportation infrastructure.”
Public transport has never played such an important role in Los Angeles as it does today. NextBus has partnered with LA Metro to provide real-time passenger information to help its commuters get to where they need to go.
This service, called Nextrip, enables commuters to quickly receive real-time bus arrival information via desktop computer, mobile web browser, SMS, or calling 511. Nextrip can also determine your closest bus stop if you have a GPS-enabled mobile device.
For a step-by-step video on how to use Nexttrip, click here. First-time bus riders as well as everyday commuters can quickly and easily plan their trip. Taking the bus in LA doesn’t have to be a daunting experience anymore!