Monday, January 26, 2009

I'm in the Westside Extension study report

Earlier this month, one of my SPA school classmates told me that I was actually pictured on page 16 of the Westside Extension study's alternatives analysis report. In the picture below, I'm photographed signing into the first Westwood meeting. Darn cool. And if you want to read the whole report, click here.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Subway to the Sea study approved, moves onto environmental review

Some good news: Metro's Board of Directors has voted to move the Westside Extension project (code: Subway to the Sea, or Westwood at least) to the Draft EIR/EIS stage. The Wilshire Subway is still alive!!!

This occurred on Thursday morning, when yours truly delivered nearly 300 signatures collected primarily by Misha and Bob, the co-founders of Bruins for Traffic Relief, directly to the Board members themselves.

The Board also voted to proceed with several other transit projects, including th
e Regional Connector Transit Corridor Study in Downtown L.A., and; the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Study in the eastern portion of L.A.

According to a Metro press release, the Board approved two alternatives for further environmental review and preliminary engineering: a Metro Purple Line extension via Wilshire Boulevard and another that also includes a spur from the Metro Red Line in Hollywood via Santa Monica Boulevard.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

True Costs of Driving

in 1990 dollars
from Mark Delucchi. Total Cost of Motor-Vehicle Use, ACCESS #08, Spring 1996

Planners should consider all costs when making decisions. Additionally, with political pressure to lower taxes and increase services, the total costs of motor-vehicle operation shift from being borne by private individuals to society as a whole, and the total costs increase. All, especially politicians, should be cognizant of the political implications of their actions.