Where Cesar Chavez (aka Sunset) meets Figueroa downtown is a massive bottleneck in the evenings. Here’s the set up. TONS of traffic is headed north on Figueroa coming out of downtown. People headed home from work and what not. Headed south there’s next to no traffic because the street only goes south for a
blog block or two there before it becomes one way, and just north of Cesar Chavez is a freeway entrance and a side street, so there’s no where for traffic to come from. Ideally this should mean that the traffic headed north on Fig that is trying to turn left on Cesar Chavez should have it made, but there’s a twist. The north west corner is an evening adult school, the parking for which is in a building across the street. And there’s no turn light. This means that for almost the entire north-south green light, when tons of cars should be turning left, they can’t because there’s an endless flow of people headed back and forth across the street. 2, maybe 3 cars get through during one light. This wouldn’t be a problem if half of downtown wasn’t trying to turn left. The result is the turning lane is backed up in to the standard lane which in turn is backed up for a mile or two every night. I know that’s the problem because occationally there’s no classes, and in turn, no traffic. It’s the difference between a 15 minute commute and a 25 minute commute.
The solution? There needs to be either a turn light when people can’t walk but cars can turn, or better yet (but more expensive I’m sure) a raised pedestrian walkway so people could walk whenever they wanted and never get in the way of traffic. Anyway, it’s 1:30 am and that’s my rant for the evening.