The BRC’s policy guidance states that Metro’s transit network should be well integrated, coordinated, and designed to be simple and intuitive to increase trip making. To ensure an integrated and not duplicative system, Metro Rail, Metro Rapid, and other exclusive guideway services (e.g. Metro Orange Line and Metro Silver Line) should serve as the backbone of the transit system, fed and complemented by a regional bus network of key travel corridors that provide high-frequency service for easy transfers. Less-frequent localized services should augment the regional network to provide geographic coverage.
For network simplicity and to create a more intuitive system, closely-spaced services should be consolidated into fewer, more frequent services at a half-mile to one-mile route spacing. For ease of use, transfers should be as seamless as possible by providing high frequency routes on the regional network, timed transfers for less frequent services, and consolidated bus stops at the same intersection.
Finally, since the regional transit network consists of more than 40 fixed route operators and many more local return transit services, coordination of services and alignment of schedules should be a high priority. Coordinated planning and scheduling between Metro, Muni, Local Return, and Metrolink operations are essential towards achieving this service integration.