LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the Expo line extension to Santa Monica opening Friday, some transit advocates are raising concerns that the ride to downtown Los Angeles will take too long to truly cut down on their commute times.
The trip from Santa Monica to downtown L.A. is expected to take about 46 minutes, according to Metro.
Hoping to make the trip faster, transit advocates are asking the Los Angeles Department Of Transportation to grant the Expo line “signal preemption” along parts of its route, which would give the train priority over cars at red lights. Currently, the train must stop at red lights on parts of its route, just as a car would.
A recently launched Change.org petition says trains should get priority at intersections due to the higher volume of people aboard trains.
It calls on “LADOT to provide signal preemption for Expo Line through downtown Los Angeles and give priority to a three-car train, with maybe 250 people on it rather than sitting and waiting for vehicle traffic, which carries 1 or 2 persons per car.”
The petition had gained 1,178 signatures as of Tuesday morning.