Orange Line Squeezed
Besides its obvious limitations compared to rail, many Orange Line critics also cite the issue of safety. Along its course which is primiarly a former railroad right of way, the bus path crosses numerous intersections at grade, but with no crossing gates like a railroad. As well, the approach across some of the intersections required different angles than the old railroad did. For example at the intersection of Fulton and Burbank in Van Nuys, the busway's path slices through the intersection at a 45 degree angle. Already, before the line even opened, a collision between an Orange Line bus and a vehichle has already occurred.
On Friday, a special sneak preview was held for politicians to get all the photo ops they could have. Oddly, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tried to make some comparison between the opening of the busway and the recent death of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.
Grand Opening celebrations will begin in a few hours with music, glad handing by the local pols and free rides. I hope that the Orange Line can achieve its goal of reducing gridlock, but I am not optimistic. In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, the Transit Coalition has put together a tounge in cheek ode to the latest MTA project.
We love the Orange Line, here’s why…
The “bus that acts like a train”…err, it doesn’t have the capacity of a train, Or the speed of a train Or as smooth a ride as a train Or as quiet a ride as a train Or the lower labor costs of a train
But hey…This is (North) Hollywood! Image matters, not substance.
It’s so Convenient!!!
It’s only a half-mile to a mile walk to jobs and shopping in Warner Center!
It’s only fill in distance to bus stops on cross-streets!
It’s only a half-hour wait for most connecting routes to Ventura Boulevard.
It’s only a three-bus trip with two transfers to get to Ventura Boulevard.
It’s only a day or two wait if you want to use the Woodley Flyaway Bus on Sat.
It’s only a minimum three-bus conectionif you want to get there from the Northeast Valley.
It’s Sooo FAST!!!! 14 miles in 42 minutes (20 miles per hour)!!!
It goes EVERYWHERE that I want to go….
Except it totally misses Ventura Blvd., the commercial spine and downtown business district of the San Fernando Valley.
Except it doesn’t actually connect to the Red Line Station.
Except it doesn’t actually serve ANY destinations at Warner Center.
In honor of the Orange Line opening, we have some photos of different transit systems over at MS2.