Here’s a crazy idea to add six more lanes to the flow of West to East traffic in rush hour:
Make Pico and Olympic one-way streets during peak hours.
In reading my Transit Coalition newsletter, I ran across a blurb on the subject, which linked to this Steve Lopez column in the Times. LA County supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, tired of being caught in the traffic himself, has asked traffic engineers to look into the possibility of making those two streets one-way only, east to west in the morning and west to east in the evening. It’s been done before in L.A. – but I believe the last major street to be tested was Wilshire Blvd in the 50s (correct me if I’m wrong, please.)
Lopez also ends the piece with a comment about how Westside traffic is now so horrendous that it’s a catch-all excuse for everything. I find myself using the east-to-west traffic flow as an excuse myself, too, as I’ve found that my new 7.7mi commute from SiFi to Beverly Hills is 15 minutes longer than my 8.4mi commute from Venice Beach was.
Provided citizens are able to figure out the one-way streets, and no one pulls a Nicole Richie on them, what’s your opinion on these two major arteries being used as one way, six lane streets in rush hour?