Despite relatively low bus speeds of approximately 12 mph, the corridor is the seventh busiest bus corridor in the Metro system, with the second highest bus boardings in the Valley. Less than a century ago, the Pacific Electric streetcar ran there.
Given the tens of billions of dollars that L.A. will spend on transit over the next few decades, it's all the more important to invest it in ways that will be useful and attract riders. But since 2014, ridership has been dropping.
Merced County was one of several local agencies experimenting with discounted or free fares on its transit system to boost ridership. For the month of August, all rides on The Bus were free. Now to extend that bump in ridership.
San Joaquin Regional Transit District just began construction on an all-electric Bus Rapid Transit route (BRT) that will serve South Stockton and connect with other Metro Express bus routes in the city.