A new scorecard grading California transit rail stations on how well they encourage rider-ship gives Sacramento a "C."
The grading is based on how well station areas connect to amenities and create walk-able areas. UC Berkeley researcher Ethan Elkind says downtown stations scored well.
In a statewide survey of rail stations, including the Bay Area's BART and MUNI, the Los Angeles Metro system averaged a C for their efforts in creating stations that encourage ridership and serve as hubs of transit-centered communities. The grading, done by UC Berkeley's Center for Law, Energy and the Environment and nonprofit Next 10, took into account 11 criteria including walkability, the land uses of surrounding areas, and resident ridership levels at Metro's 88 rail stations, says a release for the study.
Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this week signed into law AB 726, which would authorize Metro to utilize double articulated buses on the Metro Orange Line in the future. In a legislative update to staff, Metro CEO Phil Washington wrote: “This bill will allow Metro to significantly increase capacity on the Orange Line and will continue our leadership role by utilizing new technology to provide transportation service. This bill was sponsored by Metro.:
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If we build it, they will come. For many years, that was the mantra of rail transit planners. Just build the rail line, and development will happen around the stations. And then more people will ride, and the system will be a good investment.
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Metro received a lowly "C" rating in a statewide study by the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. The school's Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) ranked stations according to 11 indicators like ridership and walkability. The Red Line's Westlake/MacArthur Park was the highest ranked stop here while the Blue Line's Wardlow Station, the only one to receive an "F," sat at the bottom.