I just used Walk Score to check the ease of walking at every stop on LA County's Blue Line. Walk Score measures the variety and proximity of stuff around an area. Click this link for a description of its method. The scores range from 0 to 100 as follows:
90-100: Walker's Paradise
70-89: Very Walkable
50-69: Somewhat Walkable
25-49: Car Dependent
0-24: [Very] Car Dependent
So, how did the Blue Line Stack up? Not surprisingly, the ends of the line, in Downtown Long Beach and Downtown Los Angeles scored highly, and the middle portion struggled to achieve much walkability. Downtown areas tend to have the population density to support a variety of land uses that are accessible without having to cross a lot of horizontal space, which means, they tend to be easy to walk in.
Mean average score: 73.7
High: 98 at Transit Mall & 7th St. Metro Center
Low: 40 at Del Amo
|Stop Name||Walk Score|
|Pacific Coast Highway||77|
|7th St./Metro Center||98|
Some of these stations present a clear challenge to pedestrians. Disturbingly, the Imperial/Wilmington station, where the Blue and Green lines cross, is only in the "somewhat walkable" range. The intersection of two major transit lines is a logical place for intense development, but for some reason, possibly fear about the neighborhood (Watts), development has not been forthcoming.
I plan to do this for every line in the Metro Rail system, so stay tuned.