Before I finish up with the subway (the Red and Purple lines) and summarize the results of the entire study I'm going to take a look at the Walk Score of the Orange Line Busway. The Oragne Line isn't a train, but it has a dedicated right of way, frequent service, pay before boarding policy, boarding at every door, and large dedicated stations like a train, so I think it deserves to be considered part of what you could call LA County's "Premium Transit Network". The Silver Line, on the other hand, I won't be examining because it does not have a dedicated right of way for its entire route and you do not pay before you get on.
The scores can be interpreted as follows:
90-100: Walker's Paradise
70-89: Very Walkable
50-69: Somewhat Walkable
25-49: Car Dependent
0-24: [Very] Car Dependent
Here are the highlights:
Mean: 70.9 ("Very Walkable", but just barely)
High: 94 (Warner Center)
Low: 45 (De Soto)
And here are the data:
|Stop Name||Walk Score|
So, here we have 14 stations. 2 are in the "Walker's Paradise" range, 5 are "Very Walkable", 5 are "Somewhat Walkable" and 2 are "Car Dependent".
The ends of the line have the highest walkability. North Hollywood Station's score suffers a bit from its large parking lot, but this is compensated for by a good range of nearby retail and transit. Warner Center station is close to a mall and is also a transit hub.
I'm not as familiar with the San Fernando Valley as I am with some of the other areas so I can't elaborate too much more. What seems apparent is that we have a range of walkability as is the case with many of the lines. Some stations are pretty good. Others need serious improvement. We have some Valley-specific precedents for stations where walking is easy and I hope these lessons can be applied to boost the scores of the stations that are struggling.