Transit Oriented Design one city at a time

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Mass transit is a hot button in LA. In the SGV many feel slighted when it comes to transit planning and funding.  Without a doubt we need functioning mass transit as bad as the rest of LA Metro.  The problem lies with the METRO folks making it all downtown LA centered.  Not everyone needs to go there.  Getting to and from the major housing and business centers can be difficult as our freeways are full and rail plans are still in the squirting match planning phase through out the metro area.

Transportation Tuesday is a regular column over at the Foothill Cities Blog.  It tends to be focused on the needs of just that area.  This weeks installment was a first.  Contributor Alex Zajac put together a video tour of a redevelopment project in Duarte centered on the belief the Gold Line will come sooner rather than later.  In this video he raises a few different thoughts regarding Transit Oriented Design.  To see the video you need to make the jump.

A common theme we hear is the developers and redevelopment agencies they own work with “If you build it they will come”.  In many cases TOD’s are being built before the funding is available to even build the transit it would rely on.  The result we are beginning to see is traffic being worsened as the only way in and out of these new developments is the private passenger automobile. 

Tomorrow is Metro’s big day to vote on their long range plans.  The Gold Line has a variety of different extension options.  3 out of 4 address the needs of East LA to Whittier.   The Gold Line Extension Authority, a PAC created by local governments in the SGV, is looking for the one option that extends from Pasadena through the Foothill Cities.   I’ve said it before we need mass transit rail but the designs need to serve the LA Metro not special interests.

[google-video]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8583843307264308426&hl=en[/google-video]

2 Replies to “Transit Oriented Design one city at a time”

  1. The mass transit should be built where the most need is. That is where the most population density is. Sorry to the SG Valley but the densist part of the region is the Wilshire corridor. It is the densist region in the nation that does not have a rail line. That is where the next project should be built. Not the extension of the Gold Line in the SG Valley. That will have to wait.

    I do agree that the Downtown oriented transit is overdone. There should be rail lines that go along other corridors such as the Westside along the 405.

  2. Well tornadoes28 if you looked at my other post I can’t support the Gold Line extension into the SGV as the builders/developers/redevelopment agencies AND city govts want. It won’t do enough to relieve our problems.

    My other post linked into this addressed the need for 405 relief as well.

    I in fact agree with the need for something through Weho to WLA/Santa Monica.

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