It’s time to take back our city. Time for us to tell them what kind of transit system we really want.
Metro is a failure. The City Council is a failure. The Mayor is a failure.
Each entity operates in a vacuum devoid of reason, pursuing its own self-interests. Council members lord over their own districts as independent lands, without governing in the best interests of the greater good. The Mayor wants his Subway to the Sea, while the brain trust at Metro is just trying not to fall down and hurt themselves.
We have a train that almost goes to LAX, but doesn’t. We have a subway that ends before it really begins. We have buses that add to the congestion, force numerous transfers, and rarely arrive on time. Now, Metro announces yet another bus project that will cover a large stretch of Wilshire Boulevard – except the busiest portion that runs through Beverly Hills. $27-million for a new kind of bottleneck. Completion date: 2011.
Three years and $27-million for a half-assed bus lane. So much for you going to that meeting to tell Metro that you want a subway. If the bus doesn’t happen until 2011, when do you think they’ll finish tunneling to Santa Monica?
So, what do we do about this nonsense? Do we shake our heads, and mumble about how effed up the whole thing is? Do we continue to go to these Metro meetings and hope that one of their colorful little maps for one new rail line will actually happen someday? There are a lot of citizens in this city that want a public transportation system that works. A whole system. The Transit Coalition, Southern California Transit Advocates, GetLAMoving, Angelenic, Blogdowntown, LAist, MetroRiderLA, Curbed, The L.A. Times, and countless others have been outspoken about it. Not to mention individuals who have participated in the discussion, and demanded something better. Something big. Something now.
Maybe it’s time we said enough is enough. Maybe it’s time we told them what to build, where to build it and when to have it done. It’s their job to find the money and make it happen. To serve in the best interests of the people of Los Angeles. If this were a company, a lot of people would have been fired by now. Maybe they still should be.
Individually, we’ve all been talking and dreaming about the same thing. Maybe we should start talking and dreaming together. We all have a stake in this. Bus riders. Train advocates. Pedestrians. Bicyclists. Businesses. Environmentalists. Homeowners. Developers. Citizens.
Isn’t time we got organized?
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