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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1991
I read your editorial ("Looks Like a Winner So Far," Jan. 21) about the success of the Blue Line with interest. However, I think the following should also be considered before the line is deemed a success or not: It appears that the anticipated ridership figures were set ridiculously low by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission in order to make sure that they were exceeded by actual numbers. The current rail ridership could probably be served by about 100 new buses, at only a fraction of the capital investment.
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March 11, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Yay, us. Americans last year used public transportation at a level not seen since the mid-1950s and the advent of the interstate highway system , according to the latest annual report by the American Public Transportation Assn. So why the self-congratulations? Because those numbers mean more people are opting to ride trains or buses rather than drive - though you might be a little skeptical about that if you spend any time on Los Angeles freeways. Still, public transportation ridership passed 10.7 billion trips in 2013, the eighth year in a row that ridership exceed 10 billion, and an increase of 1.1% over the previous year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Jon Schleuss, Laura J. Nelson and Doug Smith
After officials began locking the turnstiles to the Los Angeles subway in June, stopping many passengers from riding for free, the volume of people entering the system may have fallen significantly, according to data reviewed by The Times. From May through October, the number of people passing through turnstiles each month fell from 4.8 million to 4 million, according to the data. Over the same time frame, however, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's ridership estimates climbed by about 400,000 passengers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Construction costs and revenue estimates for the California bullet train are headed downward while operating costs and ridership for the proposed statewide system are expected to increase above earlier forecasts, according to the project's latest business plan unveiled Friday. The draft plan summarizes the work of the California High-Speed Rail Authority during the past two years, contains revisions of ridership and cost estimates made in the 2012 business plan and describes the project's future goals, including the possibility of attracting private sector partners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2010 | By Rich Connell, Los Angeles Times
The state panel charged with building California's 800-mile bullet train network pushed back Thursday against an academic analysis challenging the reliability of ridership and revenue estimates underpinning the massive project. The UC Berkeley-based Institute of Transportation Studies last week reported that patronage models for the $42-billion first phase were too flawed to accurately predict whether the trains would run severe deficits or generate large operating surpluses, as planners predict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2010 | By Dan Weikel and Rich Connell, Los Angeles Times
Ridership forecasts for the California high-speed rail project are so unreliable that it is difficult to predict whether the proposed bullet train would be profitable or suffer severe revenue shortfalls, according to a report released Thursday by transportation experts at UC Berkeley. The analysis by the Institute of Transportation Studies challenges the optimistic ridership forecasts by the California High-Speed Rail Authority that indicate the 800-mile system from San Diego to San Francisco would not be a drain on taxpayers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2012 | By Dan Weikel and Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
A transportation expert hired by California bullet train officials to ensure the accuracy of critical ridership forecasts worked for the company that prepared the estimates and maintains a close relationship with one of the firm's top executives. The consultant, Frank S. Koppelman, a professor emeritus of civil engineering at Northwestern University, has chaired the California High-Speed Rail Authority's ridership review panel since December 2010, assessing the projections of Cambridge Systematics Inc., a Massachusetts-based research company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2010 | By Ari B. Bloomekatz
L.A. County transit officials are forecasting the largest operating deficit in their history, prompting them to consider cuts to bus and rail service as well as fare increases. The shortfall, caused by cuts in state funding as well as an 8% decline in ridership over the last year, could be more bad news for L.A. riders, who have long complained about crowded buses and limited services. "The issue is coming to a head, that they're a quarter-billion dollars short on operating.
NEWS
June 21, 2008
Gold Line ridership: An article in Wednesday's California section about the quest for funding to extend the Gold Line said the current Gold Line from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena has the lowest ridership of the MTA's four rail lines: about 23,000 a month. The ridership figure is per day, not per month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1990
A July 13 article on the performance of American rail systems erroneously quoted Sacramento's light rail ridership as 13,000 in contrast with projections of 50,000. Actually, in the final environmental impact statement, adopted just prior to the commitment to build the system, the federally approved weekday ridership forecast was 20,500. Current ridership is now over 21,000 daily boardings. Rush-hour trains are crowded; additional cars are under construction to expand capacity, and the system is generally considered a technical and political success.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Metro Expo Line was already under construction when Ryan Vincent started house-hunting. His goal: to live within walking distance of a light-rail station. "Every house I looked at, I was doing the mental calculus," Vincent, 39, said. "Would I be willing to walk from that address to the train?" He settled with his girlfriend and his dog in a Spanish-style home in West Adams, two blocks from the Farmdale Station. Since then, his Honda Civic hybrid has mostly sat unused. The small changes Vincent made in his daily life, including finding a doctor and a dentist with offices near a train stop, mirror the behavior of many households living near the Expo Line, according to a USC study released Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Jon Schleuss, Laura J. Nelson and Doug Smith
After officials began locking the turnstiles to the Los Angeles subway in June, stopping many passengers from riding for free, the volume of people entering the system may have fallen significantly, according to data reviewed by The Times. From May through October, the number of people passing through turnstiles each month fell from 4.8 million to 4 million, according to the data. Over the same time frame, however, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's ridership estimates climbed by about 400,000 passengers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Amtrak-California set ridership records last year on two of its busiest long distance lines in the state - the Pacific Surfliner along the coast and the San Joaquin through the Central Valley. Rail officials announced Thursday that the two lines, which are funded by Caltrans, carried almost 3.93 million passengers for the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2013. That represents an increase of more than 110,000 riders from the year before. "In California, a rail renaissance is underway," Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - The Bay Area was bracing for another BART strike that could again cripple mass transit in the region. Unions representing the majority of Bay Area Rapid Transit workers issued a 72-hour notice of intent to strike late Thursday. As the clock ticked toward a Sunday midnight deadline, BART General Manager Grace Crunican said the parties continued to negotiate but were "far apart on wages. We're far apart on pensions. We're far apart on medical. " BART trains carry an estimated 400,000 passengers each day, and emergency measures such as additional bus and ferry service and increased reliance on casual carpooling did little to cut the sting of a 41/2-day strike that severely hampered the region in early July.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Without a proposed $2.2-billion bond sale to refinance its debt, a major Orange County tollway could eventually default on its bond payments, according to a report released Wednesday. The analysis by the state treasurer's office supports plans by the Transportation Corridor Agencies to restructure the debt at lower interest on the Foothill-Eastern toll road, which is failing to live up to ridership and revenue projections. "We are pleased with the outcome of the study," said Lisa Telles, communications director for the corridor agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
The California bullet train project has reasonable ridership and revenue forecasts, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, but it could be doing a better job at producing cost estimates. The report, which was leaked Thursday to the news media, appears to run counter to widespread criticism of the state rail authority's ridership revenue estimates and is likely to provide a dose of good news to the controversial project. But at the same time, the 90-page report renews concerns about future funding for the $68.4-billion venture.
OPINION
July 14, 2008
Re "They're trading time for money," July 8 Although the growth in ridership on Los Angeles' subways and light rail has been smaller in numbers than the increase in bus boardings, the growth in rail ridership is proportionally greater. While bus boardings are up 12.5% since January, the Blue Line and the Red Line have seen 14% increases, and Gold Line ridership is up 22%. Metro should invest where the growth is -- subways and light rail. Scott Schmidt West Hollywood The writer is a member of the Southern California Rail Riders Union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1992
Regarding the article on 50% reduction in school bus ridership in an attempt to recoup costs ("School Bus Fees Cut Ridership Up to 50% in Some O.C. Districts," Sept. 25): What does the AQMD have to say about this? It looks like one small step forward for balancing the school budget and a giant step backward in the fight against smog. JOHN UNRATH, Seal Beach
BUSINESS
March 11, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
As the job market slowly recovers, Americans set a record for public transit use in 2012, the American Public Transportation Assn. said Monday.  In its report , the association said Americans took 10.5 billion trips, the second highest ridership since 1957. That's 154 million more trips than in 2011. “Two big reasons for the increased national transit ridership are high, volatile gas prices and in certain localities, a recovering economy with more people returning to work,” said Michael Melaniphy, the association's president and chief executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
When it opened during the 1990s, Orange County's $2.4-billion tollway system was touted as an innovative way to build public highways without taxpayer money. Today, the roads offer smooth sailing for gridlock-weary commuters willing to pay the price. But far fewer people are using the turnpikes than officials predicted, which means the highways generate far less revenue than expected to retire their debts. There have long been questions about the long-term financial viability of the San Joaquin Hills and Foothill-Eastern corridors.
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