The Transit Coalition eNewsletter, Mon. Oct. 22, 2007
Weekly Transit eNewsletter
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Volume 3, Issue 43
The accident on the Interstate 5 truck lanes the week before may very well affect transportation policy in more ways than one. Caltrans is now reviewing whether it was proper to raise the speed limit on the truck lanes some years ago. Praise was given to the swift response and even swifter reopening of Interstate 5, albeit without the truck lanes. However, the incident also reminded drivers of their dependence on this critical mountain pass.
Meanwhile, Metrolink announced that it would continue running the two additional train trips that were launched in response to the closure. The truck accident is a stark reminder of the valuable service Metrolink provides by connecting disparate areas of Los Angeles County.
The Expo Line to Culver City hit several obstacles last week. Some residents along the line are now demanding a grade separation near Dorsey High School . Metro contends that the request would add $25 million to the already strained project budget. Critics retort that Metro willingly spent money to add a station at USC/Exposition Park and make improvements at Los Angeles Trade Tech College . Also, an investigative report revealed that Culver City is the only municipality that has yet to contribute cash for the project.
How can walking, of all things, create traffic? As it prepares its annual holiday lighting display at Griffith Park , the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power contends that there is not enough parking spaces to park cars and allow passengers to walk through the display. Presumably, searching for scarce parking space would create traffic jams. For now, however, the DWP will make it a trial pedestrian-only event from November 21 through 25.
Don't Forget: Tonight is the monthly Transit Coalition Dinner Meeting. Transit Coalition Board member Robert Leabow will give a presentation on fast-growing public transportation in China . See our complete newsletter for details.