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Getting Around: Call numbers 380.12 – 382 and 388.1794 – 389

Galina Stoyanova , Librarian, Business & Economics Department,

In Business & Economics Department one can find plenty of materials on Transportation.

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We also have a few periodicals like Metro, Automotive Fleet and Automotive News.

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When it comes to changes in Los Angeles area public transportation system, they are plenty. Unlike older systems in other large cities, Los Angeles Metro System grows rapidly. Nine years ago, while considering moving from New York City to Los Angeles, I was told that I would have to drive here and I was ready to do just that.

I did not want to live far from work, so I rented an apartment two subway stops from Downtown and was thinking about purchasing a car, but it was so easy to get to work and other favorite spots that I postponed it… and very soon, I realized I was doing just fine without a car! For me, it is better this way, and I hope that more people would be able to use Metro System on a daily basis – our Metro is growing and improving!  -- Check out this Metro Map of four years ago.

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Did you know that we are the bronze medalists of getting to work via transit? MTA, which operates bus, light rail and subway services, averages 1.6 million transit trips per weekday, making it the third largest transit agency in the United States.

In 2014, a study from the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies has named LA the nation's third best city for commuting by public transit, behind only super-obvious frontrunners New York and San Francisco. According to Wired, the study looked at 46 of the 50 most populous metros in the US and crunched the numbers on job "accessibility," or how easily jobs could be reached.

Two huge changes are Expo Line (operating since 2012) and the very recent 6-stop addition to the Gold Line/Pasadena. More is coming very soon – for the first time in more than 50 years, it’s possible to get some sun and waves and skip the traffic clogged freeway! Phase 2 of the Metro Expo Line project is a 6.6-mile extension of the 80-station Metro Rail System from the existing station at Culver City west to Santa Monica (operation starts May 20, 2016.) Gold Line now runs as far as Azusa in the San Gabriel Valley. 

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While having the train might not solve local traffic problems completely, it will give people an alternative to sitting on the freeway for a couple of hours each day. The city of Los Angeles recently introduced the Go LA app, which integrates all the available methods of transportation – public and private – and computes the shortest, cheapest and most sustainable way to get to your destination. The app aggregates and calculates the time, cost, carbon footprint, and health benefits from walking, biking, driving your own car, parking or taking public transit, as well as the emerging private transportation options such as Lyft and Zipcar.

As the app learns more about its user’s individual travel preferences, it will eventually recommend and highlight personalized commuting options. 

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The destination and preferred travel mode data is anonymously shared with the city to deliver insights on how people travel around the region. This information is useful as cities look to redesign and update the travel systems while optimizing capital spend.

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A few words in conclusion – 3.4% of Los Angeles residents commute to work by walking.
-  “The way people think about traveling in Los Angeles would be very different had we retained not just red car out to the beach, but the whole public transit system that we had” – Anonymous.


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