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FutureStarrAA Los Angeles Public Transportation
The Los Angeles MTA (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) manages public transportation in New York City, Washington D.C. and the Northeastern United States.
The Los Angeles Metro Rail is an urban rail transportation system serving Los Angeles County, California, United States. It consists of six lines, including two subway (heavy rail rapid transit) lines (the B and D lines) and four light rail lines (the A, C, L and E lines) serving 93 stations. It connects with the Metro Busway bus rapid transit system (the G and J lines) and also with the Metrolink commuter rail system.In the following decades, growing traffic congestion led to increased public support for rail transit's return. Beginning in the 1970s, a variety of factors, including environmental concerns, an increasing population and the price of gasoline led to calls for mass transit other than buses. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA, now branded as Metro) began construction of the initial lines throughout the 1980s using revenues from a voter-approved increase in sales tax. The Blue (A) Line finally opened on July 14, 1990, some 27 years after the final streetcar line closed. Since that date, the system has been developed to its current size. The following table shows this expansion's timeline:Converting the current G Line Bus Rapid Transit route into LRT. Made possible after the 2014 repeal of state legislation prohibiting LRT along the G Line right of way, which had been enacted due to neighborhood opposition in the 1990s. Bridges along the busway are designed to LRT standards, but the project would require substantial service disruption as the roadway is replaced by rails and catenary wire installed. Some Valley politicians and pressure groups have endorsed the proposal; critics have suggested funding would be better spent on adding new lines along other corridors in the Valley. Long terms plans include complete conversion in phases with full replacement by 2057. Metro commenced BRT upgrades in 2018 by adding more grade crossing gates, two new over cross bridges at Van Nuys Blvd and Sepulveda Blvd, reducing travel time by 20%.
While buses go more places, they tend to be slower and used mostly by locals trying to get to work. The train system is currently comprised of four above-ground light rails and two underground subways, but it is constantly growing. In 2015, the Expo Line's Santa Monica extension and the Gold Line’s Azusa extension were completed. The Purple Line is currently under construction to add nine new miles of track to eventually go from downtown to Westwood. The first stage from Koreatown’s Western Station to Wilshire/La Cienega is expected to open in 2023. (Source: www.tripsavvy.com)