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Got Budget Issues? Here’s 25 Metro Bus Routes Mapped during Rush Hour

Mar 24, 2011 by Lisa Newton

As gas prices get closer and closer to $5.00 a gallon, embracing the idea of using LA Metro gets easier and easier.

In fact, in the LA Metro area, bus ridership increased 4.6% in January 2011.

To be sure, LA’s Metro isn’t alone–as $5 per gallon of gas becomes a reality, up to 1,500,000,000 additional passenger trips for US public transportation systems is almost a certainty, as we’re still in the grips of a major economic crisis.

If you live in LA, your savings, on average, would be about $866 per month by using Metro; and as the price of gas increases, so will the the cost savings multiply.

For those concerned that taking the bus will result in lost time, I think you might be surprised–during rush hour, LA Metro has as many as 2,000 buses ready to serve the growing number of Metro riders.

And with the recent addition of NextBus, it’s easy to see when a bus is approaching your stop. So, work a few extra minutes, and walk to the bus stop just as it’s arriving.

And NextBus is just the first step. If you have a great idea for a mobile app or mash-up using Metro’s transit data, you’re able to put your skills to the test and enter the Metro Developer Challenge, for a chance to win a cash prize of up to $2,000. Of course, there are a few rules. All of the fun starts at 9:00am PDT, on April 1, 2011.

To get an idea of just how many buses are on the road during rush hour, I put 25 of the approximate 200 bus routes into a NextBus’ Google Map feature.

Each little square represents a bus:

Included are some of these bus routes featured:

  • 2 – Downtown LA – Pacific Palisades Via Sunset Boulevard
  • 4 – Downtown LA – Santa Monica Via Santa Monica Boulevard
  • 10 – W Hollywood-Downtown LA -Avalon Station Via Melrose-Avalon
  • 14 – Beverly Hills-Downtown LA-Wash/Fairfax Via Beverly-Adams
  • 16 – Downtown LA – Century City Via West 3rd St
  • 18 – Wilshire Center-Montebello Via 6th St-Whittier Boulevard
  • 20 – Downtown LA – Santa Monica Via Wilshire Boulevard
  • 26 – Hollywood-Downtown LA-Compton-Artesia Tran Center Via Avalon
  • 28 – Downtown LA – Century City Via West Olympic Boulevard
  • 30 – Pico Rimpau- Downtown LA- Indiana Station Via Pico-East 1st
  • 33 – Downtown LA – Santa Monica Via Venice Boulevard
  • 35 – Downtown LA- Washington/Fairfax Via Washington Boulevard
  • 37 – Beverly Hills-Downtown LA-Wash/Fairfax Via Beverly-Adam
  • 38 – Downtown LA – Washington/Fairfax Via Jefferson Boulevard
  • 40 – Downtown LA-Lax-South Bay Galleria Via King-La Tijera-Hawthorn
  • 42 – Downtown LA-Lax-Southbay Galleria Via King-La Tijera-Hawthorne
  • 45 – Lincoln Heights – Downtown LA- Rosewood Via Broadway
  • 48 – W Hollywood-Downtown LA -Avalon Station Via Melrose-Avalon
  • 51 – Hollywood-Downtown LA-Compton-Artesia Tran Center Via Avalon
  • 52 – Hollywood-Downtown LA-Compton-Artesia Tran Center Via Avalon
  • 53 – Downtown LA – CSU Dominguez Hills Via Central Avenue
  • 55 – Downtown LA – Imperial/Wilmington Station Via Compton Avenue
  • 60 – Downtown LA – Artesia Station Via Long Beach Boulevard
  • 62 – Downtown LA – Hawaiian Gardens Via Telegraph Road
  • 66 – Wilshire Center- Downtown LA-Montebello Via 8th-Olympic

Lastly, if your place of employment isn’t working with Metro using their B-tap program, you are missing an opportunity to get even greater savings.

Believe it or not, because Metro and their staff are always ready to help, if you don’t have a B-tap program in place, perhaps you can get one started.

It’s not hard, all you have to do is pick up the phone, 1.866.TAPTOGO, and talk to a Metro representative.

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