History of the Expo Line Jan 28, 2012 21:00:28 GMT -8
Post by carter on Jan 28, 2012 21:00:28 GMT -8
Yes, the total problem of comparing cars v. transit benefit is convenience. Driving is too darn convenient in Los Angeles compared to other cities. That's a fact.
Please name a large world-class city on the size of Los Angeles that has freeways go THROUGH the City?
No freeways go THROUGH London, New York, Chicago, San Francisco (101 stops just south), Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, etc.......... That's the difference. In all those aforementioned cities, the freeways/motorways dead end right before you get into the central city area. There is nothing like the US-101 freeway or I-110 that go right through downtown LA. Imagine if our freeways stopped outside downtown LA? Imagine if LA had "ring freeways" like other cities. The ONLY place where freeways have no advantage to transit is in the West LA area between Overland -- LA Brea -- Olympic --Santa Monica blvd. Once you get transit into that huge area.....the freeway is NOT competitive at all. Unlike downtown LA, where you can easily get off the 101, 110 or 10 freeway and you are in downtown LA.
I think the general thrust of this comment is spot on, but there are plenty of grade separated freeways in New York -- not in Manhattan sure -- but in Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens.