The research continues! So far I've checked the Walk Scores of LA County's Blue Line and Green Line and now it's time to assess the walkability of the Gold Line. As it turns out, the Gold Line has the highest average score yet, and the recently opened Eastside Extension (which I certainly welcome) ended up lowering the average score.
Here are the highlights:
Overall Mean: 79.5 (Very Walkable)
"Classic Gold Line" Mean: 84.6
Eastside Extension Mean: 71.1
High: 98 (Memorial Park)
Low: 58 (Maravilla)
And here are the data:
|Stop Name||Walk Score|
|Sierra Madre Villa||88|
|Little Tokyo/Arts District||94|
|East LA Civic Center||69|
The Gold Line has six stations in the "Walker's Paradise" range (90+). Memorial Park station is just north of Old Pasadena, which is definitely a hot pedestrian destination. Lake station is near more Pasadena urbanness. Del Mar station is right in the middle of a Transit Oriented Development that mixes housing and shops. Mission station is perched in the heart of a charming shopping district in South Pasadena. I'm a bit suspicious of the high score at Filmore Station. I've never gotten off at it and the walkability may be more "as the crow flies" than how things are with the path you actually have to traverse.
I want to be fair to the Eastside Extension. Since it's so new, it hasn't really had the chance to spur a lot of redevelopment yet (which might make things more walkable). Still, as things stand now it's not horrible. Little Tokyo station is the star here, and if you haven't been it's a great example of an interesting, walkable urban neighborhood.
Overall, the Gold Line's walkability has raised my spirits today. Funny that it has such low ridership. Maybe that will change.