The 818 is already choking to death on traffic, and with the MPAA’s announced move to Sherman Oaks, we are running out of time. Time to start talking new rail lines for the Valley.
The Valley is big business these days, with billions of dollars in development rising on this side of the hill. NBC moving to Universal City. Expansion of the Media District in Burbank. Millions of dollars invested at Westfield Topanga, Valley Plaza, and the NoHo Artwave. Countless condos popping up everywhere.
The MPAA is relocating to the Sherman Oaks Galleria, and will share 104,634 square feet of office space with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the Directors Guild of America Contract Administration and the Directors Guild Producer Training Plan.
That’s a lot of suits getting on and off the 405/101 interchange, already considered the worst bottleneck in the nation. But, apparently that’s ok, because there is plenty of parking.
No. It’s not ok.
It’s time for city council members who represent the Valley to show us how we’re going to connect all these dots. Buses ain’t gonna cut it, friend. Here is where a Red Line subway extension under Ventura Boulevard starts to make sense. Are you listening, Wendy & Tom?
Metro Olive Line – Phase I: Sherman Oaks – Universal City – Burbank
Think of it as The Showbiz Subway. Think of it as your job.
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