Are we surprised #Metro ridership is falling


According to a Metro staff report, the number of people riding buses and trains in L.A. county has dropped by about 9 percent, from 1.49 million average weekday boardings in 2014 to 1.36 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2016.

A report on the issue will be presented to the Metro board Thursday along with recommended steps to reverse the declining ridership.

“It doesn’t surprise me because it’s completely in line with national trends,” said Juan Matute, associate director of UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies, commenting on the decline.

Matute said the recovery of the economy coupled with low gas prices and the rise of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have drawn people away from public transit nationwide.

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Interestingly the report by KPCC’s Meghan McCarty fails to include insight by Metro CEO Phillip Washington.  No discussion was given on whether Metrolink’s ridership numbers have increased under the former Metro CEO Art Leahy.

Questions we here at LAX Car Share TS would pose are:

  1.  Why weren’t rideshare options incorporated with Metro, over a decade ago, when Flexcar, now known as Zipcar, was headquartered in their building;
  2. Why don’t they have an integrated card for Metro/Rideshare/Bikeshare as Chicago Transit Authority offers?

There are many things Metro can do to increase ridership, unfortunately, they refuse to do so.

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