CIty Encourages More MTA Use, While MTA Proposes Fare Hikes That Will Discourage Use Among Those Who Need It Most
CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW: READ MY COMMENTS FROM 7:40pm-on. The info is flying in like a NYSE ticker scroll...it's like an IM of info-dump..So check the comment section of this thread for "ZD's data dump of meaningless info. Batman Voice: (Distressed, gasping)...NEED -- MORE -- CHRONIC...to help decode...avalanche...of names, and numbers.
MTA: First of all, before the MTA rate hike info, a Zuma Dogg fan in her twenties, working at a coffee house, who takes the bus, already heard Board of Superdumassadvisors wants to turn Olympic (and other roads) into one way streets. At first when the chick complained to Big Z, I pulled out the Deming talk and reminded her, that it would improve systematic efficiency.
HOWEVER, SHE reminded ME, that if a bus is only going one way down Olympic...if you need to be dropped off from the OTHER way, you will have to take a PICO bus from the other direction, then walk the HUGE distance between Olympic and Pico -- and THAT, my friend is a bigger deal breaker than a fare hike. That is WAY too long of a distance to expect someone to add to their walk to and from the bus stop.
THANKS TO THE MAYOR SAM READER WHO CLARIFIED THIS POINT: Zuma, both Pico and Olympic would have 2 "contraflow" lanes to allow for two-way bus traffic at all times. [Yeah, yeah...that means Zuma Dogg SUPPORTS the idea of this poor man's subway to the sea!]
AND NOW, onto the MTA fare increase:
Today's LA Times reports that after a decade of being largely restricted from raising bus fares by a federal judge, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is proposing a sweeping series of fare hikes that some experts worry will discourage commuters from using mass transit. [WHY, DO OTHER EXPERTS SAY THE FARE HIKE WILL ENCOURAGE "MORE" USE?]
The hikes would establish some of the highest bus fares in the country. The basic fare would rise to $2 from $1.25. About 87% of all MTA passengers use some form of bus or rail pass, which would see larger price increases of up to 400% over the next 20 months. [NO PROBLEM, MOST PEOPLE CAN EASILY AFFORD THAT...BUT THOSE PEOPLE DON'T TAKE THE BUS. THE PEOPLE WHO 'DO' TAKE THE BUS CAN'T REALLY AFFORD IT.]
MTA officials say that the hike is needed to help cover rising operating costs and that they have already cut 500 jobs. Without the higher fares, they say the agency would have to slash service. [OH MY GOODNESS -- THE CITY IS PLANNING IT'S ENTIRE HOUSING EFFORT AROUND THE USE OF MTA, AND THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT SLASHING SERVICE?!?!?]
But there are growing questions among transportation experts about whether steep fare increases make sense at a time when L.A.'s roads are more clogged than ever. [OF COURSE IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.]
The proposed MTA fare hike comes as San Francisco examines a radical reduction in fares to encourage more use of mass transit.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom last month ordered a study of eliminating bus and streetcar fares to determine whether free fares would get more commuters out of their cars.
Some urban planners as well as the L.A. Bus Riders Union have proposed that the MTA sharply reduce fares — to 50 cents — or make them even free.
They argue that lower fares would encourage more people to use mass transit, reducing traffic and pollution.
NEWSOME FOR CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR!
"It really puts all the burden on the poorest, who are really relying on the bus," Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, chairwoman of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning, said of the fare hike.
But others worry the higher fares are most likely to drive away more affluent riders who take the Gold Line, Orange Line and Red Line into downtown from the suburbs.
A rider who has a car may react to a fare hike by saying, "Oh, forget it. I got the car. I've paid the insurance," said Brian Taylor, director of UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies.
But without a fare increase, bus service would need to be cut by one-third, said Marc Littman, an MTA spokesman.
[THEN GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER BETTER GET INVOLVED BECAUSE THE REGION IS ALREADY BURDENED WITH EXTRA TRAFFIC AND POLLUTION AS THE CONNECTOR ROAD BETWEEN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY (OVERSEAS) AND THE REST OF AMERICA (PORTS) -- AND SCAG IS REQUIRING THE REGION TO BUILD HIGH DESNSITY HOUSING ACCOMODATIONS FOR THE SCORES OF PEOPLE FLOCKING TO THIS GREAT AREA -- AND NOW YOU WANT TO DISCOURAGE MTA USE???]
You are gonna slow down the passage of new X-Box units to Wal-Mart in Boise, Idaho and that's gonna piss off George Bush...so get some Federal help too. Because the pollution level in that 710 area is a national crisis.
THE WHOLE F*CKING CITY IS BUILDING ALL THESE HIGH DENSITY HOUSING PROJECTS BASED ON THE FACT THAT EVERYONE IS GONNA STOP DRIVING AND START TAKING THE BUS, AND NOW YOU ARE EITHER GONNA RAISE THE PRICE OR CUT THE SERVICE? Which came first in this City...the head or the ass? It's hard to tell, one is so far up the other.