While you wait for the train to arrive, Metro would like to ask you a few questions.
Metro wants to know what you think about a subway running under Wilshire.
Metro wants to know what you think about a train running down Crenshaw.
Metro wants to know if you’ll Go with them.
Each year brings with it the same amount of noise. L.A. has traffic. Officials want you to take public transit. A half-hearted long-range plan is announced with a few traffic “corridors” to be studied. Debate ensues about subway, light rail, bus. Then, someone at City Hall realizes we have insufficient funds in our checking account. We shrug, and go about our daily lives on the 101, 405, 10, 5.
The problem isn’t that Los Angeles isn’t forward-thinking. It’s that we’re not thinking forward enough. Will we eventually need subways down Ventura? Santa Monica? Van Nuys? Can we really have above-ground trains running everywhere? How long can we actually make those buses until they can’t turn the corner?
Metro has failed you. Your city council has failed you. The mayor has failed you.
They owe you an explanation. They owe you a plan. They owe you The Map.
No, we don’t have the money to build it all. We hardly have the money to build any of it. But, other cities are finding a way. Denver is building 119 miles of rail by 2016.
Denver. Colorado. 2016.
Meanwhile, we have politicians in L.A. who would rather have meetings and argue about what color to call one rail line.
The irony of the situation, is that we elected these people. We elected them to ensure our quality of life. We elected them to fix the mess we’re in. It’s time they paid up. It’s time they said, you know what? We’re gonna do this. Here’s the whole map. Here’s the order of line priority. We’re shooting for 2020. Not sure how we’re gonna pay for it yet, but, heck… here’s The Map.
You’ll hear about Metro’s “community meetings” and “transit corridor studies” over the next few weeks. Go to one. Listen to the politicians. The bus riders. The Not-In-My-Back-Yards. Listen to officials talk about the possibilities of this one rail line, or that dedicated bus lane.
Listen. Then stand up, and tell them you want The Map. And you want it by the next election, or they’re fired.
After all, you do pay their salary.
Oct. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Emerson Middle School, 1650 Selby Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Oct. 11, 6 to 8 p.m., Pan Pacific Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036,
Oct. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Oct. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Oct. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Those unable to attend the meetings can submit their comments by writing to Mr. David Mieger, AICP, Project Manager and Deputy Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Mail Stop: 99-22-5, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Comments may also be submitted through the “Contact Us” page of the project web site at www.metro.net/westside, or by phone on the project information line at (213) 922-6932. Comments should be received no later than Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007.
Oct. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Darby Park, 3400 W. Arbor Vitae St., Inglewood, CA 90305, (310) 412-5391
Oct. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016, (323) 964-9768
Oct. 20, 9 to 11 a.m., Audubon Middle School, 4120 11th Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90008, (323) 290-6300
Those unable to attend the meetings can submit their comments by writing to Alan Patashnick, Metro Planning Director South Bay Area, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Mail Stop 99-22-3, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Comments may also be submitted through e-mail at [email protected] or by phone on the project information line at (213) 922-2736. Comments should be received no later than Monday, November 5, 2007.
Oct. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Santa Monica Civic Auditorium East Wing, 1855 Main St., SM
Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Venice High School Auditorium, 13000 Venice Blvd., LA
Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., (Cheviot Hills) Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services Gymnasium, 3200 Motor Ave., LA