The Map Is Back


You might remember this map from a post last year talking about the future of Mass Transit in LA. If you were a part of the extensive comment thread on that post you know there was a lot of skepticism about it, but it’s not dead in the water. Damien Goodmon e-mails in to let us know that will be going online sometime today, and last night was the first public presentation of the Get LA Moving Plan at the Transit Coalition monthly meeting. He also has a public e-mail address for anyone who has questions or wants to help out – getlamoving [AT] After the jump is the timline for the presentaion he gave last night, so it’s pretty safe to say this is a few steps beyond just a mock up at this point. The trick will be getting it to happen. We can dream can’t we?

Get LA Moving Presentation by Damien Goodmon
Transit Coalition Meeting 23 January 2007

1. Introduction

2. Current State of Metro Rail and Metrolink

3. Background/Inspiration: Boston Square System

4. Methodology

5. Get LA Moving System Stats

6. Getting It Built
a. Organization/Bureaucratic Structure
b. Project Schedule
c. Construction Advances & Techniques
d. Cost & Financing

7. Case Studies: Beijing & Madrid

8. Current Political Obstacles & Solutions

9. System Benefits & Cost of Inaction
a. Transit Villages/Smart Growth

10. Conclusion

2 thoughts on “The Map Is Back”

  1. Given the current financial status at Metro, I believe Damien’s plan is far too ambitious to be taken seriously by them.

    I believe the next logical step is to determine which of these lines is the most necessary (and therefore, most likely to be embraced by the politicians who make the decisions) and focus efforts on getting that line built. That is, you know, how the Expo Line got into reality.

    Proposing a whole lot of lines, all at once, is more likely to make the politicians think “we don’t have the money for all this, and apparently the proponents don’t have focused support for any of the lines on the map, so let’s just pat Mr. Goodmon on the head and thank him, and put this up on the shelf for a decade or two.”

    On the other hand, if you show them the map and at the same time say “here are all of our candidate corridors but we believe this one is the most important”, once you get that line into reality, you have the leverage to push the rest of the plan.

    Let’s not let a good idea get summarily killed by the decision makers just because it is too ambitious for them to cope with.

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