Claude Willey wrote:
>Yes, the Orange Line did open last week and the new system had about
>11k riders per day.
>That was, of course, with the television media's spin on the problems
>associated with the confusion at intersection crossings.
>Seems two cars in one day ran into the buses. And, as many of you had
>probably guessed, the one driver was on her cell phone. The cameras
>The television news media didn't even question that the motorists were
>at fault or that motorists need to be more aware of these new
>high-speed buses. Critics claimed
>the buses shouldn't be silver or that there should be crossing-arms
>used at other MTA rail crossings.
>This type of system works quite well in Curitiba, carrying 1.3 million
>a day in a city where there is 75% car ownership.
>At present, the new high-speed Orange Line buses are moving slower, as
>they've been instructed, and taking unanticipated precautions at the
>intersections. The line also has a new 14-mile cycle path running
>alongside the route, but I'm not sure if you can take bikes aboard like
>you can on the other MTA rail lines.
>I hope to ride it next week. Unfortunately it doesn't help me go
>anywhere I usually go, but it seems to be helping lots of others.
>--Claude, car-free in L.A.
This thing reminds me of the busways in Ottawa, basically a still born rail
They could have at least used trolley buses for it.
Take care, Andrew