Post by tonyw79sfv on Jan 17, 2009 12:45:43 GMT -8
I was doing research on Metro's Library archives a while ago and came across this document detailing plans to put a train or bus on the Expo ROW or adding carpool lanes to the I-10 and running emergency bus service due to the collapse of the I-10 bridge over Washington/Fairfax. Imagine if the plans would went through with haste like the extension of the former Metrolink Santa Clarita Line into Lancaster (now Antelope Valley Line); we got things done faster when disaster strikes. BTW, today marks the 15h anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, and our Metro Red Line came out unscathed.
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2009 12:49:32 GMT -8 by tonyw79sfv
I'm glad that they didn't build a lousy busway after the Northridge quake. Otherwise, we would never see rail on Expo.
It's interesting that the bus would continue on Venice Blvd rather than the right-of-way, once past Robertson -- Cheviot Hills factor in play.
But this document ultimately shows why Expo light-rail was eventually built: push by City of Santa Monica. Otherwise, it would be BRT like in the Valley at best. I wish all local jurisdictions embraced light-rail as much as Santa Monica.
3 months to go from award to having a rail line going from downtown to santa monica...
seriously, why cant we build like this now? [page 13]
Funding. It takes a long time to find and secure money. Thanks to Measure R, Expo Phase 2 will be finished in a few years. Politics and NIMBYs both play an important role in allocating funding to rail projects.
Rail obstructionists should accept the fact that at-grade rail deserves as much chance as the at-grade automobile.