We discussed the idea of Complete Streets Networks in our previous post. Today, we will explore our proposal for one of its components, a connected network of streets that are enhanced to advantage performance for transit – the “Transit-Enhanced Network.”
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Through our outreach, we heard about several factors that deter Angelenos from using public transit. The most frequent concern was that our transit system simply is not fast enough due to slow travel times, infrequency of service, uncoordinated transfers, and lack of direct access to destinations or transit stations. Other outreach participants noted that using transit was often difficult to navigate and could be more expensive than driving and parking.
Our city has over 1,300 miles of arterials, all optimized for vehicle movement.
The Transit-Enhanced Network, as proposed, consists of 230 miles of arterial streets that collectively will improve the performance and reliability of existing and future bus service. Improvements along these streets—such as infrastructure, signal timing, or stop enhancements—aim to provide reliable, safe, and convenient transit service. Enhancements also aim to increase transit ridership, reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips, and integrate transit infrastructure investments with the identity of the surrounding street. The transit technology on these streets would primarily be high-capacity buses. Bus service would be improved through the following:
1. Right-of-way infrastructure improvements: Transit-Enhanced Network streets may receive treatments within the right-of-way to allow for exclusive traveling space for high-capacity bus service. However, the type of considerations, such as peak hour or full-time lanes, or median or curb-side, will be determined upon further community outreach and analysis.
2. Signal timing infrastructure improvements: Transit-Enhanced Network streets may also receive signal timing features that benefit high-capacity bus performance: signal prioritization, signal pre-emption and queue jumps.
3. Stop enhancements: Bus stops along the Transit-Enhanced Network may receive the following enhancements to improve the transit experience for system users: Off-board fare collection, bulbouts for boarding ease, wider sidewalks, shade, bicycle parking, shelters and benches.
We should note that improving transit service in the City requires the ongoing coordination between the City, Metro and other municipal transit operators. We are coordinating with Metro as we develop our networks, and municipal operators from Culver City Transit, Big Blue Bus, and Foothill Transit have been brought into the conversation as well. Ultimately, because the City owns the roadway and sidewalks used by buses and their patrons, the right-of-way is the responsibility of the City. In this way, the City has a big role in improving transit service by changing the way our streets are used.