We will talk about traffic here forever. There will never be a permanent solution. Any plan we come up with now will be obsolete in 5 years. There will always be more people than we can handle, and not enough money to build the transit system we need.
If you live in L.A., you accept those truths to be self-evident. Whether or not they are, will always be up for debate.
Why bringing back the Red Car could be the answer… after the jump.
Wendy Greuel wants L.A. to have a plan. Finally, somebody said it. We’ve known for a while that nothing was in place. There was no map, nor timetable. At least now, we’re talking about it. And your city council actually wants your input.
I could sit here and say the same things I’ve said before. We need both extensions of the Red Line – Wilshire and Santa Monica. Finish Expo. Get Green to LAX. Subway down Ventura, Van Nuys, under the 405 to Westwood. To Burbank. Glendale. I could go on and on about what lines we need where, and point over and over again to The Map.
But, I won’t.
You want a bold new idea? Bring back the Red Cars, even if it’s only temporary. If subways are too costly, take too long, and have too much opposition, why not streetcars? Lay track on every major corridor throughout the city and get those things running. Maybe down the road, we’ll find money to build another subway somewhere. Then another. And another. We’ll keep replacing each streetcar line with a subway until the system is complete.
Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Why on Earth would we even consider running old fashion streetcars in 2008 Los Angeles? 3 Reasons:
- To form the outline of an actual city transit system
- To alleviate traffic congestion in a shorter timeframe than the construction of an entire subway network would allow
- To add yet another cultural icon to the landscape that would cement L.A.’s reputation as a world-class tourist destination
So… anyone else up for riding the Red Car?
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