North-South Connectors on the West Side and Existing Metro Stops
The map above validates my pervious posts’ assertions that there are many east-west bus routes but very few north-south connections on the Westside. Since my project area is relatively large, I zoomed in and took screen shots of each proposed north-south stop location to better display the existing bus routes and stops.
LAX and Playa Vista Proposed Stops
This map clearly displays that from LAX you can go east or south. However, traveling directly to the Westside would require many transfers. Playa Vista, a relatively new mixed-use new urbanist community, has very few Metro line services. A new route would greatly increase access for its residents and would better incorporate the advantages and purpose of Transit-Oriented Development.
Expo Line and VA Hospital Proposed Stops
It is important to note that currently Metro does not have any east-west connectivity within a mile of the Exposition/Sepulveda station. However, this area of West LA is serviced by the Culver City Bus and Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (both have stops within 1/4 mile of this location). Additionally, Metro is building the Expo Line rail which will have a stop here in 2015. The new North-South connector should definitely stop at the VA Hospital because this stop already has access to transit that goes down to Santa Monica and in to Downtown. Additionally, the Westside Subway Extension (Purple Line) will eventually have its terminus here and this will greatly help the elderly get to wherever they need to go in a timely manner.
North Sepulveda Pass Proposed Stop
Again, this image reveals very little north-south connectivity, especially over the Sepulveda Pass to connect the Valley to Downtown or the Westside.
Currently, the Westside Cities are developing a long-range transportation plan to increase mobility and accessibility. Clearly, a north-south connector is a warranted development and public service. The previously proposed stations seem to be appropriate locations given current Metro routes, proposed Metro rail development, and the author’s knowledge of transit routes from Culver City and Santa Monica bus services.