An early study conducted by the City of Los Angeles on Metro bus service here in Los Angeles showed that half the time a bus is in service, it is stopped, either at a red traffic signal or at a bus stop to board and/or alight passengers. To help improve bus speeds, the Metro Rapid Demonstration Program was implemented along two key corridors in June 2000. With the implementation of a number of key attributes such as bus signal priority, low-floor buses, and fewer stops, passenger travel times were reduced by as much as 29 percent.
As a result, initial ridership increased by up to 40 percent, with one third of that ridership increase from new riders who had never used public transit. Following the successful implementation of the Metro Rapid Demonstration Program, an expansion program identifying over 20 additional corridors was developed. The Metro Rapid Program now operates within a network of nearly 400 miles of Metro Rapid service, while integrating light and heavy rail transit through Los Angeles County.
Metro Rapid has a number of key attributes that when implemented together, provides fast and frequent bus service. One of the key elements of the program is the bus signal priority system, collaboratively developed by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Metro for use in the City of Los Angeles. Comprised of loops and radio transponders, the system can extend the green phase or shorten the red phase of traffic signals, therefore reducing the amount of bus delay at intersections. The system also provides real-time passenger information at each station.
The second bus signal priority system uses wireless technology and is used in areas outside the City of Los Angeles.
The Metro Rapid program debuted on Wilshire-Whittier (Metro Rapid Line 720) and Ventura Blvds. (Metro Rapid Line 750) in June 2000.
Additional lines were added as follows:
Metro later combined Metro Rapid Lines 780 (Hollywood/Pasadena) and 717 (Fairfax Rapid) from the West Los Angeles Transit Center to Pasadena. The line has been renumbered Metro Rapid 780.
Metro later combined Metro Rapid Lines 724 (San Fernando-Lankershim) and 794 (San Fernando South) from the Sylmar Metrolink Station to Downtown Los Angeles via San Fernando). The line has been renumbered Metro Rapid 794 in June 2009.
For more information on Metro Rapid call 323.GO.METRO or, to download a timetable, click on Timetables.
For a customized itinerary in seconds, use the Metro Trip Planner.
|704||Metro Rapid -- Downtown Los Angeles - Santa Monica via Santa Monica Blvd.||12/12/10|
|705||Metro Rapid -- West Hollywood - Vernon via La Cienega Blvd. & Vernon Ave.||12/12/10|
|710||Metro Rapid -- South Bay Galleria – Wilshire Center via Crenshaw Blvd.||12/12/10|
|720||Metro Rapid -- Santa Monica - Commerce via Wilshire Blvd. & Whittier Blvd.||12/12/10|
|728||Metro Rapid -- Downtown LA - Century City via Olympic Blvd.||12/12/10|
|730||Metro Rapid -- Downtown LA - Pico Rimpau via Pico Blvd.||12/12/10|
|733||Metro Rapid -- Downtown Los Angeles - Santa Monica via Venice Blvd.||12/12/10|
|734||Metro Rapid -- Sherman Oaks - Sylmar/San Fernando Station via Sepulveda Blvd. - Brand Blvd. - Truman St.||12/12/10|
|740||Metro Rapid -- South Bay Galleria - Downtown LA via Hawthorne Blvd., Crenshaw Blvd. & M.L. King Blvd.||12/12/10|
|741||Metro Rapid -- Northridge – Tarzana via Reseda Blvd.||12/12/10|
|745||Metro Rapid -- Downtown Los Angeles – Harbor Freeway Station via Broadway||12/12/10|
|750||Metro Rapid -- Warner Center Transit Hub - Universal City Station via Ventura Blvd.||12/12/10|
|751||Metro Rapid -- Cypress Park - Huntington Park via Soto St.||12/12/10|
|754||Metro Rapid -- Athens - Hollywood via Vermont Ave.||12/12/10|
|757||Metro Rapid -- Hollywood - Hawthorne via Western Ave.||12/12/10|
|760||Metro Rapid -- Downtown LA – Artesia Station via Long Beach Blvd.||12/12/10|
|761||Metro Rapid -- Pacoima - Westwood via Van Nuys Blvd.||12/12/10|
|762||Metro Rapid -- Pasadena - Artesia Blue Line Station via Fair Oaks & Atlantic||12/12/10|
|770||Metro Rapid -- Los Angeles - El Monte via Cesar E. Chavez Ave. & Garvey Ave.||12/12/10|
|780||Metro Rapid -- Pasadena - West Los Angeles via Colorado Blvd. & Hollywood Blvd.||12/12/10|
|794||Metro Rapid -- Downtown Los Angeles – Sylmar Station via San Fernando Rd., Brand Blvd.||12/12/10|
For additional information, please contact:
Martha Butler, Transportation Planning Manager
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Metro Rapid Program
One Gateway Plaza, M/S 99-23-1
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
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