Thursday, August 4, 2016
LA Weekly: Surprise! Metro May Have Actually Built Too Much Parking for the Expo Line
BY HILLEL ARON / FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 AT 8:50 A.M.
I see a spot: the parking lot at the Bundy station.
There was much excitement and ballyhoo when Phase 2 of the Expo Line opened in May, allowing L.A.'s nascent rail network to stretch its tracks to within blocks of the salty Pacific Ocean. But there were also complaints that the trains were too slow and that the line had too many stations. And, this being Los Angeles, people also worried that there wasn't enough parking.
About a week before the Expo Line extension opened, the Los Angeles Times ran a piece, "The Expo Line is finally coming to the Westside, but limited parking raises concerns," highlighting the fact that only three out of seven of the new stations had parking lots, and those three lots only had 544 spots, which, according to the Times, were "expected to fill up early."
The piece went on to quote a rather hysterical Pacific Palisades resident (not exactly Metro's target demographic, considering that the average train rider makes $26,250 a year) who said: "So how do I get to the station?... Isn't the point to get more people with more money to ride the train?"
Anyway, the Expo Line extension has been running for just over two months, and average weekly ridership has risen by about 15,000. So those parking lots must be total Silver Lake Trader Joe's–level clustercusses, right?