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Blogger Walk Scores Metro Rail Stops, Finds L.A. has Long Way to Go in Walkability

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For the past week, the blogger Chewie at Straight Outta Suburbia has been conducting a fun exercise by using Walk Score to calculate the walkability of every Metro rail stop (and the Orange Line busway). If you're not familiar with the web tool, it "calculates the walkability of an address based on the distance from your house to nearby amenities" and "measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking."

The red and purple lines are still to come, but Chewie has completed the Blue, Green, Gold and Orange lines, revealing some interesting results.

Overall, the Gold Line that runs from Pasadena to the Eastside via Union Station is the most walkable so far with a mean score of 79.5 (very walkable). Six stations individually earned more than 90 points, deeming those areas as a walker's paradise. If it were a year ago without the Eastside Extension, the line would have actually have a mean score of 84.6. And if you rate the mean of the Extension on its own, it comes out to 71.1. "I want to be fair to the Eastside Extension," wrote Chewie. "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)."