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Metro Rapid 720 Adding Stop at Central

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, May 04, 2009, at 07:58PM
Metro Rapid 720 Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A Metro 720 rapid bus passes through the intersection of 6th and Spring on Monday evening.

Sometimes all you have to do is ask.

Metro's 720 rapid bus will soon be adding a new stop at 6th and Central, all because Daveed Kapoor bothered to ask the agency to do so.

Kapoor noticed that Metro's 720 rapid bus passed through Downtown on 6th street but made no stops between Main and Soto, on the other side of the river. He thought it would make perfect sense for the line to stop at Central, serving both the Arts District and Central City East.

At the end of March, Kapoor sent a map showing the potential stop off to various elected officials, including the Mayor, Councilman Jose Huizar, Planning head Gail Goldberg and CRA head Cecilia Estolano.

Then he attended Metro's board meeting on April 23, stepping up during public comment to pass out his map and ask the board to add the stop. Kapoor says that board members Don Knabe and Huizar both spoke in favor of the idea, and agreed to study it.

This morning, Kapoor got an email from Metro.

Mr. Kapoor,

At the April 23, 2009 Board meeting, you made a request to have a stop installed at Central Avenue on Line 720. This location met the Rapid service warrant criteria and will be added effective Sunday, May 10, 2009.

That should be good news to Yxta Cocina and workers at the American Apparel factory nearby.

As for Kapoor, this isn't the end of his transit plans. "Now my next battle is for expanded weekend and night service + 10 bus only lanes to connect Greater LA," he wrote in an email today.

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