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Saturday, November 18, 2006

L.A. Times Missed The Bus

Today -- November 18, 2006 -- the L.A. Times published an article by Michael Woo and Christian Peralta with a really good idea: instead of squandering scarce public funds to extend the subway along Wilshire, we could restrict lanes on Wilshire to busses only, so they could cover the same distance nearly as fast, at a fraction of the cost.

I like this idea, but it seems so . . . familiar.

Oh yes! I remember now! Some other guy proposed the same thing in an article in the Daily News back on February 28, 2006 -- nearly nine months ago. He proposed having dedicated bus lanes throughout the city, to provide truly mass and rapid transit at a fraction of the cost of subways, by taking advantage of the existing infrastructure, namely, our streets.

But hey, why cover a public policy proposal unless it comes from "your" people, right?

5 Comments:

Blogger Indigo said:

very nice statement u made there

November 18, 2006 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And how will Antonio feel about his appointed planning commissioner suggesting the mayor's "subway to the sea" may not be the best way to go?

November 18, 2006 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Keep the damned busses out of the car lanes!! They just slow down the curb lanes, and hold up any and all traffic behind them Mass transit my eye, it's the busses that have turned our traffic into a morass.

November 19, 2006 12:02 AM  

Anonymous Snake Prisskin said:

If you drive downtown you'll notice that busses frequently stray from their bus only lanes to get around other busses making stops and vehicles making turns. They also cross the entire right of way to make opposite side of the road turns. These turns create huge traffic backup in pedestrian heavy districts where making a turn is near impossible as large and small groups of peds keep the crosswalk occupied to the very last second.

GO UNDERGROUND!!!

November 19, 2006 6:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A few years ago, there was a Cal Trans Retiree making the rounds with a well developed plan to turn the diamond lanes on the freeways into bus lanes. He had intricate plans and financial estimates. It was a cheap and easy way to get people moving.

Does anyone remember who he is or know how to contact him? Seems to me his time has come.

November 20, 2006 10:59 PM  

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