How’s Rapid Transit Doing in Los Angeles County? Mobility in Los Angeles County is enhanced by one of the most extensive systems of rail and bus rapid transit in North America, which has been possible through voter approval of 1.5% sales tax dedicated to transportation. Heaviest rail volumes are served by the Metro Red/Purple Line subway. The Blue/Green/Gold and Expo Lines are light rail largely on the surface. The Metro Orange Line is bus rapid transit on a dedicated surface roadway. The Metro Silver Line is bus rapid transit on a high-occupancy-vehicle freeway lane. And Metro Rapid Bus serves the major boulevards in the county making limited stops in mixed traffic. How these systems are planned, developed and operated and how they perform will be compared and contrasted.BIOGRAPHYPaul C. Taylor is the Deputy CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), joining the agency in June 2009.Prior to Metro, Taylor served as the Deputy CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) since March 2007. For the previous three years at OCTA, he had responsibility for planning, engineering and constructing all transportation programs and projects in Orange County, including highways, commuter rail and multimodal corridor improvements.He has spent over thirty years as a public agency executive or consultant managing major public sector capital and operational improvement programs in Southern California. At the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC), a predecessor agency of Metro, Taylor served as acting executive director, deputy executive director and director of strategic long-range planning. He also managed the planning of Los Angeles County’s rail transit system, engineering and early construction of the Metro Blue Line and conceptual engineering for the region’s commuter rail system.Taylor has directed operations planning, service deployment, and policy development for the Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD) here in Los Angeles, another predecessor agency of Metro. He is a licensed civil engineer, has master’s and bachelor’s degrees from MIT and has lectured on transportation and development at universities throughout Southern California.