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New Infatuation LA - Mass Transit

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:46 pm

The New York Times has been expending a fair amount of column inches regarding mass transit on "that city out there". Here is from today's paper:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/th ... ansit.html

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LOS ANGELES — When the extension of the Expo rail line opened here in May, it was almost as if the city had stepped into another century. Suddenly, it was possible to go from downtown to the Santa Monica beach by train, escaping a drive that could take two hours. The inaugural runs were packed with people, carrying beach chairs and recording the 15-mile, 45-minute long ride with cellphones.

The $1.5 billion, aboveground Expo project is not the only piece of the transit transformation unfolding here. An 11.5-mile extension of the Gold Line, running from Pasadena to Asuza, just northeast of downtown, opened this spring. If not as glamorous as a train to the Pacific Ocean, it was certainly appreciated by people in the San Gabriel Valley, who otherwise have to navigate the traffic of Interstate 210.

And all of that is likely to be dwarfed by an initiative that is expected to go before the voters in November, pending a final vote by the county Board of Supervisors, that would impose a countywide 1-cent transit sales tax, raising $860 million a year. The tax would finance 40 major transit projects over the next 40 years, including 100 miles of new rail lines and what has been a touchstone for mass transit advocates (and frustrated commuters) for decades: A train tunnel under the Sepulveda Pass, connecting the Los Angeles basin with the San Fernando Valley.

There may be no part of America more identified, for better and for worse, with the automobile than this city. But this burst of activity, and the considerable interest it has stirred here, suggests that a fundamental reconsideration of Los Angeles may be at hand, a shift to an era when mass transit — subways, light rail, buses — could be as central to getting around, and perhaps even to this region’s image, as the car.


As I've noted, or at least inferred, at this Forum, it seems as if a region had to abandon (Pacific Electric) something only to realize what they lost, and to rebuild it from the ground up - and at a cost astronomically higher than if simply left in place.
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Re: New Infatuation LA - Mass Transit

Postby Ryand-Smith » Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:32 am

I recently visited Los Angeles for a week, and while I was in the city, I did not rent a car. Between my pass (I spent 15 dollars, half on a week pass, the rest was for step up fares for the express bus), it was a great decision. Their public transit, while not the heavy rail I am used to (it's all streetcars/giant LRVs) was pretty good and I would recommend it for a visitor. I can't wait for the Crenshaw line to be finished so I do not have the always confusing lax to shuttle bus to green line transfer.
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