A Visual Representation of L.A.’s Rail Growth Under Measure M

Los Angeles MetroRail - Comparrison

We’re working on a couple of larger stories for later in the week, but in the meantime we thought readers would appreciate this map by Adam Linder.

Linder’s map shows how Metro Rail and Metro Rapid Bus will grow in the coming years from where it is now (including lines under construction) to where it would be, assuming a Measure M build-out.

The Southern California Streets Initiative has not taken a position on Measure M. SCSI publishes not just the three California-based Streetsblogs, but also LongBeachize and Santa Monica Next.

If you like Adam’s map feel free to drop him a line at Infinite3Ent@gmail.com or find him on Instagram at adamglinder.

  • slorger

    This map has several major errors, indicating some bus projects as rail projects, as well as showing some that don’t actually exist.

  • Jason

    I think it’s sad that even what’s essentially a fantasy map (even if it’s based on actual plans and all) has the Purple Line only going to the VA.

  • Adam G. Linder

    @slorger:disqus It’s a map of what could be built. So yes, they do not actually exist yet. :)

    and I’m assuming the projects you are referring to as BRT are the Lincoln, Vermont, and Burbank-Pasadena Lines? Those have actually been allotted finances in the update Measure M submitted. :) Bring on the conversion (even if it is decades away)!

  • slorger

    It’s not on the metro plan website, so if you’ve seen docs saying otherwise, I’m interested in seeing it.

  • Adam G. Linder
  • scottmercer

    Can we dump the myth now that LA is the town where everybody drives a car? After Expo Phase 2 opened, we passed Chicago for fourth place in the United States for urban rail systems. If all this gets built, we’ll be at number two after New York, which is where we should be (though far from Number One in the World, which was where we were in 1925).

  • Adam G. Linder

    Let’s spread that knowledge! :D

  • Adam G. Linder

    don’t we all. So let’s do something about it?

  • Alex Brideau III

    That’s a cool stat! Where’d you get that info?

  • Alex Brideau III

    Well, I think there is a certain degree of artistic license being taken here (which is fine, because it’s more of a “fantasy map”), as evidenced by certain lines being designated as “heavy rail”, though it’s not necessarily likely they will be. That, and a number of stations have been unofficially renamed (presumably based on personal preference).

  • Matt

    Chicago still has far higher ridership on both its rail system and its commuter rail system so this isn’t really true. Maybe you are talking miles of system, but that isn’t really a good metric.

  • LAguttersnipe

    LOL Chi towns “L” has 102 miles and 700,000 daily weekday riders. 99% grade separated subway style rail. With Expo opening we have 105 miles and I’ll be SUPER generous and say we have 400,000(more like 350k) weekday riders. The VAST majority of that is non grade separated light rail. Chi runs 24 hours a day and has MUCH shorter headways. Expo line runs every 20 minutes after 8pm I wish we could be more like Chi

  • ounlopez

    Can somebody explain to me why the Riverside line of the Metrolink does not stop at Cal-Poly Pomona? That seems like a no brainer to me…..tons of commuters, students, huge employer. The track goes right in front of it. Any plans for this to expand?


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