We are one step closer to more light rail on the Westside, according to the Venice Paper. New studies are being initiated by Bill Rosendahl about reviving the LAX Green Line stop, as well as a stop on the proposed Expo line that could connect to a light rail line running up Lincoln Boulevard to Santa Monica (!)
These are studies, mind, so these may not be things which come to pass. But it gives a little more hope of light rail on the Westside someday. The Expo Line fact sheet, by the way, is here.
In other Metro-related discussion, last night, the boyfriend and I were explaining the L.A. metro system to a recent transplant from New York. We got to the part about how yes, L.A. has a subway, and then had to admit, they could be more useful if only they ran longer hours. If the Metro Gold and Red lines only ran to 3am on weekend nights, we’d use them all the time to get to and from Hollywood, and the clubs out there. I know that the trains actually cut back service in 2005 due to low ridership after hours, but couldn’t any attempts at awareness be made to bring more people onto trains when they’re going out? It would be awesome! It would cut down on drunk driving! It would mean not having to deal with Hollywood parking!
I emailed Metro asking about this, as a result. I hope they write back. I especially hope that someday, they re-consider a test of the late night hours on weekends. It will be years before I can ride the trains regularly from the Westside, but I’d sure like to ride them more right now when I go out in Hollywood.