As Metro holds public meetings to discuss 13,357 different routes for a Subway to the Sea, some city officials are already trying to derail plans for a Crenshaw connection between the Purple Line, Expo Line, and the Green Line. Studies are underway for the Crenshaw-Prairie Transit Corridor, which extends approximately 10 miles from Wilshire Boulevard on the north to El Segundo Boulevard on the south.
The Larchmont Chronicle reports that the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council has given a “thumbs down” to a proposed underground Metro station at Crenshaw and Wilshire boulevards. They don’t want eff up any of their pretty neighborhoods with high-density development. So, they are opposed to any changes to the neighborhood protections in existing plans.
Why are they so adamant? Because the two preferred methods being looked at are Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail – which means above ground. NIMBYism aside, it appears the failure of surface transit like the Gold Line has taught us nothing. If we are at all concerned about speed, safety, and urban blight, the only option is to go underground.
The vote of no confidence regarding the Crenshaw line has big implications. Without efficient North/South routes that connect with existing East/West lines, a viable public transit system in L.A. will be dead on arrival.
And not to mention, late.