L.A. Is One of the Least Transit-Friendly Cities in America, Report Says

Ridership has been down for Metro Los Angeles in the last few years, though there have been some promising increases, including along the newly extended Expo Line.

Maybe this is why: A new analysis from real estate site Trulia found that L.A. ranks near the bottom of a list of the biggest American cities judged for their "transit-friendliness."

We're not just talking about how nobody smiles on the bus, either. Trulia discovered that the average duration of a public transit trip in the Los Angeles market was nearly an hour (about 50 minutes).

On top of that, bus and light-rail users will wait, on average, another eight minutes for their rides, the site found.

L.A. ranked 22nd out of 25 markets for "transit-friendliness" and 14th out of 25 for "driver-friendliness,'" a Trulia spokeswoman said.

For its Rent Near Transit report, scheduled to be published today, Trulia looked at commute times, departure times and the ups and downs of transit use in those cities between 2010 and 2014. The report found that fewer than one in 10 Los Angeles households use public transportation.

In those years, the nation’s top 25 rental markets saw a 2.8 percent decline in transit commuters and a 2.9 percent increase in driving commuters, according to Trulia.

Portland, Oregon, topped the list of transit-friendly places, followed by St. Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis and Houston.


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