After a hair-raising series of near misses during Orange Line shakedown runs (including an incident during Mayor Villaraigosa's first trip
on the new line), officials downplayed any safety concerns surrounding the busway's ungated right of way.
Unfortunately, only 5 days into routine operation, the Orange Line has suffered a serious accident
, as a car collided with one of the huge Metro Liner
busses, injuring as many as 10 people.
Details are sketchy, but it seems that the mixture of surface street traffic and speeding Orange Line busses may be more volatile than advertised.