Orange Line ‘near-miss’ rate slows

first_img Meanwhile, the MTA is moving forward on installing photo enforcement cameras. It’s also considering rumble strips, embedded warning lights, colored “busway” signs and flashing intersection lights. Adding railroad-style crossing gates, as some critics have wanted, remains under evaluation. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Orange Line drivers report 1,200 “near-misses” with motorists since the line opened Oct. 31, but the number of close calls has plummeted as motorists get accustomed to the San Fernando Valley busway. In addition, there hasn’t been a crash along the 14-mile line since Dec. 13, and sheriff’s deputies are writing fewer traffic tickets. As a result, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials may lift the order requiring busway drivers to slow to 10 mph through major intersections. “Overall the trend is in the right direction,” said Richard Hunt, MTA’s general manager for the Valley. “Quite frankly, people are becoming much more aware of it.” The Orange Line opened as an instant hit with passengers – it’s still drawing nearly 16,000 daily passengers. However, there are concerns about safety after a series of eight minor collisions – all caused by motorists running red lights or failing to heed the new traffic regulations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Things are beginning to … settle down,” said Los Angeles police Detective William Bustos. A report by the MTA says bus operators have logged more than 1,200 near-misses with motorists, from a peak of 228 for the week ending Nov. 13 to 63 for the week ending Jan. 8. The report said the busway is experiencing fewer crashes than the rest of the agency’s 2,000-bus fleet, averaging about 1.36 crashes for every 100,000 miles of service compared with 3.46 crashes systemwide. Separately, the Sheriff’s Department said it has issued 1,200 traffic tickets as of December, mostly to motorists running red lights or failing to adhere to the traffic signs. Now, deputies are diverting their time to handle graffiti vandals and to patrol buses. “Traffic-wise, we’ve written quite a few less tickets,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Willard, who handles transit police operations in the Valley. “We’re finding fewer and fewer violators all the time, which is encouraging. I think people are getting used to the system.” last_img read more