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Expo Line Train Carries Only Three Passengers

by Tim Cavanaugh • 2,267 views

Although Los Angeles' brand-new Expo light rail line must carry at least 104 passengers per trip in order to make its ridership projections, two reporters from Reason.com demonstrate that a train...

I'd give a at least a week before any sort of judgement. Even statisticians know about sample size.
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@ironmonkeyheller: "Forced to pay for it"? I don't think so. We voted on this and got the required two-thirds majority. Just barely, to be sure, but then that's why we have the supermajority requirement in place. We won, you lost.
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Hey look libertarians only think in the short term and are unable to think in the long term. (Such as the fact that the expo line has a phase 2 portion to Santa Monica under construction that will easily boost ridership, not that it doesn't have an impressive ridership number right now. Oh and let's not forget the Crenshaw/LAX corridor light rail line that is planned that will connect to this one, which should also provide a couple more riders.) Libertarianism!
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The line has been open for only one week and it is not entirely complete. 9000 Riders is not bad at all considering how little people know about and that it is till a work in progress. Give it until December and you will have your 20-30K ridership.
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Expo Line MAY 320,627 and Expo Line JUNE 435,701 So Much for No Riders
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That comes to 10,343 riders per day in May, 14,523 per day in June. The May number is at the mid-point of our May estimate. The June number is 11 percent above our higher-end May estimate and 34 percent below MTA's own projection.
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"Tim Cavanaugh 11 months ago" Hmm 11 months ago that's real interesting.
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March, 2013 daily ridership = 23,187 (718,791 monthly total). Not bad for a line that is 60% complete. (Source - Metro.net news)
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if you don't like it, don't ride it!
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I am glad you were forced to pay for it so I can ride it!
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Ready to eat crow on this one? As of December 2012, Metro is reporting daily ridership of over 20,000 on the Expo Line and gaining. I take it everyday and it's getting tough to find a seat during peak hours.
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Yes, that seems to be what everyone is doing. Not riding it. Too bad they were forced to pay for it.
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You have obviously have not been on the line when going from the 7th street metro center or when there is a UCLA game. They are usually much more packed.
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Reason.com is a bs site backed by oil companies. The Expo Line has been open for only 10 days!!! the line only runs to la cienega right now and to culver city in a month. The mta knows that ridership on this stretch from dwtn la to la cienega would be low. Ridership will go up over time as people become aware of it. The culver city and farmdale stations opening in june will help ridership rise more. When the line fully opens to santa monica in about 4 to 5 years ridership will skyrocket.
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Obviously it takes some time for a train to become popular. However, latest ridership figures show the numbers growing rapidly. It is on track to excede its ridership projections. I don't understand why you people are so blind. Its like your conservatism matters to you more than reason and logic.
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well as someone who has riddent a mere 3 times since it opened, when it gets to venice it will make a lot more sense for a lot more people to take it. and it goes without saying that once it gets to santa monica this film will be laughable. go back in time to the early 90's when the first red line segment opened it was equally as empty... try riding it at 6pm now.
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I can't seem to run any YouTube clips right now so I haven't watched it yet. What time of day; what day of the week was this? I've only ridden a few times, generally at off-peak times and it's always been more crowded than this.
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