Also visible on the map below are the heavy rail components of the system. The bright red, purple, and turquoise lines. These are traditional subways for the red and purple lines and modern light rail running on the surface for the turquoise line (which is actually the newly opened expo line that will one day reach Santa Monica). The slim green lines are buses that are operated by other municipal agencies, in this case the Big Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus and Rapid Service). In total, there are 44 additional transit agencies that are represented on their main system map.
After the break, we'll get into a nitty-gritty overview of the system and show off the newest pieces of my transit pass collection.
The bulk of transit in Los Angeles is based on bus service. Above, we have one of the "Metro Rapid" buses, which are usually articulated and always painted red to brand them as part of the faster, long distance service. Local buses, in contrast are always orange and tend to what we consider standard sized buses.
The buses are pretty new and much better than the buses I remember from a decade ago (which were hot, uncomfortable, and generally bad). Passengers are a mix of LA and there's also a "Transit TV" on board. It's a small screen towards the front of the bus which shows basic news information combined with some very basic trivia and lessons targeted towards English learners.
Los Angeles also has BRT branded buses that they refer to as "Metro Liners". On the map, these appear as the silver line and orange line on the standard map. BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, is a less expensive alternative to light rail that is design to feel like rail as much as possible while using buses. There are pros and cons to using BRT as a solution, but BRT is less expensive than light rail and provides a higher level of service compared to express buses when done right. Above is an example of one of the orange line stations, while below is the silver line in action in front of the convention center.
the LA Metro website here. Overall, the trains are comfortable, air conditioned (like the buses), and easy to use.
Below are two final examples of transit in Los Angeles: The Burbank Bus and the Metro Link, which is commuter rail that serves the more distant commuting communities.
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