The Bus Bench: Let’s Review Every Transit Stop in L.A. County

By now you may have already read about the Bus Bench’s effort to write a review of every transit stop in Los Angeles.  In addition to coverage at The Bus Bench, which has been publishing for four years, it has also earned praise from LA Loyalist, Curbed and The Source

But if not, here’s the scoop.  Bus Bench publisher, and regular Streetsblog commenter and sometimes contributor, Browne Molyneux decided she would use google maps to review every transit stop in Los Angeles to review whether or not the stop is safe, clean, whether it has a bench or shelter, whether it’s located near things worth walking to, and even if it’s a good place to watch the sun set.  After taking on this herculean task for awhile, she opened the project up for anyone to write a review.

Curbed estimates that there are over 17,000 transit stops in L.A. County, so we’re talking about a long haul to analyze all of them.  In fact, if the map adds 10 reviews a day it would be almost five years before the entire county received a review.

Not that we shouldn’t try.  Thus far, most of the reviews are in the Downtown and branching out to the areas adjacent to it.  Because I wanted to play along before I wrote a review, I emailed Molyneux at browne@shametrainla.com  and within minutes I was ready to go.  Before I started writing, I checked out who my other contributors were.  There were some familiar names: Damien G, DGabbard, Spokker and Ramon Martinez.

Now here’s the sad reality.  After a series of mishaps with late buses; I opted out of the bus system.  It might take me a couple of minutes more, on average, to bike Downtown from my current dwelling; but at least it was a predictable trip.  That being said, there are a handful of bus stops that I’m familiar enough with to write a review.  Thus, I took the time to write a review for the Metro and DASH stop at Beverly and Garland.  Normally, I would say, "to read the review, click on after the jump."  But this time, why not head over to the Bus Bench’s transit stop map instead.

  • It’s a crazy cool project that only the poetic justices over at the Bus Bench could come up with. Yaaaay!

    One suggestion before y’all get too far along – how about using open source mapping instead of Google proprietary data stuff that they will own at the end of the day? See http://www.openstreetmap.org/ – it’s basically google maps meets wikipedia… and all open source, all shared, all easy. (Thanks Zane Selvans for showing it to me.)

  • Super awesome idea Browne!

  • M

    I know this sounds dumb, but I can’t figure out how to add things to this map. Can anyone give some instructions, please?

  • Erik G.

    Browne Rocks. Can I moan and complain about rail stations too?

  • Spokker

    The intent of the map is to talk about the bad and the good of bus and rail stops in LA County.

    Even Browne has good things to say about some stations.

  • Spokker

    I don’t know why but all of my reviews are showing up at “Derek.” Stupid Google. It’s supposed to say Spokker.

  • M.

    1. First sign into your google/gmail account. If you don’t have one sign up for one.
    2. The first thing you do is go to the map.
    3. Then you should see right above the title in the left column, but on the right side “Save to my maps” that will save it to your maps.
    4. At this point you should already be in maps (skip to step five) if not look at the top of the page, the fourth header is Maps, click on that then go to “my maps” which is in the blue strip near the top of the page, then go to the maps created by others and The Bus Bench Map should be there

    5. Right next to the Google Maps header there is a search feature. Put in the address or cross street and press search maps.

    6. When you put in an address the address should come up underneath it it has a “Save to” hyperlink, click on that.

    7. After that a yellow strip will appear, click on the view map hyperlink.

    8. At the page right by the header there will be an edit button, press that.

    9. Then scroll down to the address you input and click on the address, a sort dialog looking box will pop up.

    10. Type the info, it’s just like a word document, then press ok.

    11. Go back to the top of the box and press save.

    But please don’t think you can mess it up. Just play with it. If you can’t figure it out or end up saving something five times before you get it, don’t worry I can fix it. Also if you do something and want me to fix it, just email me. I try to edit all entries anyways, so this isn’t extra work. I would rather a not so tech savvy person give me good info than a very tech savvy person give me random info. Once you try it, it’ll be very easy.

    I plan on having get togethers and collecting info at senior facilities and other places where people take the bus, but may not be as tech savvy.

    Browne

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