A Pair of Mass Transit Projects Could Shape Glendale Mobility
2019-04-11 | Glendale News-Press
A pair of mass transit projects, both in the early planning stages, could make it easier for residents to get around -- and out of --
By 2024, riders should be able to jump onto a
That effort could complement an electric-powered
An update on both projects came before the
"We don't want everything going in the same direction," Hartwell said of the importance of considering both projects together.
According to Hartwell, a tentative line is planned to connect downtown
Advantages of the freeway route would include "a faster travel time and, in addition to that, you would avoid some of the potential impacts that you would have operating on the street," Hartwell said. "The downside is you bypass all the destinations south of the 134," including the Americana at Brand, Glendale Galleria and the coming
A proposed route for the streetcar would first connect the Larry Zarian Transportation to
Then, similar to the BRT, there are options to be weighed. One potential route, a loop, would head northbound along Central, cross the 134 and come back south on
While the loop option would minimize disturbances to Brand, "it might not be a little less intuitive [to use] for riders," said Calvert, who previously worked on a streetcar line in
Eventually, the streetcar could be expanded to connect to
Metro's BRT has secured funding through Measure M, a
Meanwhile, the streetcar, still in an earlier phase than the bus system, has no definitive funding source yet, according to city staff.
"It is a very, very expensive project," City Manager
Because those companies are looking for high ridership to justify their investment, "I think we need to look at the greatest ridership models ... for our financial success, but as well as serving the public," Najarian said.
Ridership levels of the BRT could reach 30,000 people per day by 2042, Hartwell said.
Najarian, vice-chair of Metrolink and a Los Angeles MTA board member, has said improving
Another report on the streetcar is set to arrive in July, Calvert said.
This month, those overseeing the BRT will go before the Metro board to present their findings and ask for approval to go into the next phase -- environmental review.
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