Re: Too many stations? Well........
Date: 12-04-2017 - 05:59
I proposed, and we built 5 Stations in just over 3 miles from Allan to Fillmore Station, including 3 stations 1/2 mile apart in Downtown Pasadena.
We build stations where people want to get on and off, which serves their desire for
"access" to locations that they want to go to. Which is why LRT is more flexible, as it allows for more stations in higher density destinations, at a relatively low cost, and fewer, where travel demand density does not support or need them.
Those 5 stations put things like Pasadena City College, Old Pasadena, Civic Center, Plaza Pasadena, Lake Avenue and Colorado shopping areas, all of the Museums, nd Huntington Hospital, with approximately half of the employment and high density housing trip generation in the City, within a 1/2 mile radius of those stations.
Folks just like you, who had also been told such nonsense, told me I was putting "too many" stations in too short of distance, and would "slow down" the "train" with too many stops to actually let those pesky "customers" on and off, near where they actually wanted to go.
Of course, as a trained professional in travel demand, who has studied rail passenger systems all over the world, I recognized that it is not maximum rail vehicle speed that attracts passengers, it is "access" to locations that is the "final demand" good we are producing, and it is the total in and out of vehicle travel time, including to and from those locations where they want to go, near those stations, that really matters. It is total trip time, not maximum possible in-vehicle speed, that allows more people to most effectively use transit.