Los Angeles transport system
A modern city is a multi complex labyrinth of networks that ensures that the complexity is not only endearing in architectural fantastical connectivity between hotels, restaurants, real estates developments and amusement parks but that the core element of an efficient and effective movement of people and goods continue to inspire economic growth and improve the quality of life of its residents. Los Angeles is such a city. Los Angeles (LA) transportation network is characterized by an extremely complex combination of systems and services that keep the city on the move in regard to its services and millions of mainstream people who go about their business and work in the city. In Los Angeles the modes of transport are numerous, there are inter city and intra city modes. These two modes form the lifeline of the city. Inter city transport options relate to air transport, train services, highways, harbors and ferry services. Several options for transport within the city exist by way of freeways, personal vehicles, and mass transit systems comprising of buses, metro rail and commuter rail. Ever since the discovery and development of faster means of locomotive systems by human beings, there are two additional modes of transport that have not been obliterated in the course of the evolution of the transport efficiency; even in such a complex city as Los Angeles people still commute on foot and on bicycles for short distances.
The beauty and efficiency of air travel coupled with the exclusivity of on board menus and entertainment prowess have built a city with a distinctive aura of comfort. Los Angeles has the distinction of being a city that has the maximum airports. Its six commercial and many other general aviation airports make it one of the biggest air transport hub in the world and the Los Angeles International Airport is the fifth busiest airport in the world handling over 60 million passengers and two million tons of cargo every year. In the aviation circles it remains an undisputed fact that the world giant in general aviation flights is Van Nuys airport. This category of flights basically includes all other flights other than the scheduled flights and the military flights: the powered parachutes and the gliders to the large unscheduled cargo jet flights all contribute to the unmatched astronomic air traffic at Van Nuys.
LA boasts of its Union Station, which is a major railway station having excellent connections with US cities and where over 1.5 million people board trains for commuting between LA and other cities. The city is very well connected by national highways, the major being Interstate 5 that connects it with Sacramento and San Diego, Interstate 15 connecting with Las Vegas, and US route 101 connecting to Santa Barbara. Additionally there is a very efficient inter city bus service.
The seas connect the continents and no state can boast of having a sophisticated and an advanced interconnectivity network without taking a glance at the Los Angeles seaport complex; the largest in the United States America and fifth busiest in the world. The expansive port of 7500 acres, covering a waterfront of forty three miles with a record twenty six cargo terminals is only matched with other expansive multi cargo handling seaport terminals in the world. Located about twenty miles south of the city downtown, it handles bulk sea cargo that accounts for over eleven percent of the international trade of the United States.
The worlds Cruise Center currently under fifteen million dollar expansion and renovation project is a novel addition to the smooth flow of passengers and the world’s biggest cruise ships and an example of a passenger security compliant model. If you are an offshore resident and you have to commute to Avalon; the only city of Santa Catalina Island, the excellent city’s ferry services are at your disposal. Santa Catalina Island is a haven for those who want to realize tangible beauty in the Rocky Mountains.
Intracity commuting is made easier by the several freeways and innumerable streets which form a large network hence ensuring the provision of an extremely efficient public transport system. An arterial street grid effectively connects freeways and smaller streets making commuting hassle free within the city. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), which is locally known as the Metro, thrives on reliability and punctuality. LACMTA also takes care of buses, rail and subway service in the city. Prime services include Metro Rapid, Metro Local, and Metro Express which together transport 1.4 million passengers on normal working days. Additionally, since October 2005, LACMTA has started to operate rapid bus transport systems between several focal points within the city that has greatly added to the convenience of the commuting passengers. Such services known as Orange Line and Silver streak have proved to be a boon for the traveling public. The Los Angeles Metro Rail, which covers a network distance of 120 km on elevated track, underground and on ground level, makes about 308650 trips in a normal working day. It plays a very significant role in local transportation.
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