Phase 2 Alternatives Jun 17, 2008 23:18:25 GMT -8
Post by saadi on Jun 17, 2008 23:18:25 GMT -8
I drive along Exposition Blvd from La Brea to Figureoa a lot, and the wait at red lights is only a few minutes. The Flower St should be very good as well. Therefore, with no signal sync at all, I would guess the worst-case scenario is 45 minutes.
But is there any reason for them not to sync the lights to trains?
Roland Genick, the world-famous urban architect who has designed Expo Phase 1 told me a good story from his hometown Köln, Germany:
He said that in Köln there is a boulevard equivalent of Wilshire Blvd, which leads to Downtown.
They built a light-rail line that runs in the median of the boulevard and they synced the lights along.
As a result, the cars were benefiting from the sync and driving alongside the trains, and the capacity and speed of the boulevard increased so much that Downtown Köln was flooded with cars and it was impossible to find parking.
The solution: they kept the sync for the train tracks and they deliberately got rid of the sync for the automobile lanes. Things were back to normal again and everybody started to take the light-rail.
He said that the problem with the Expo Line is the grade separation, which is very, very expensive, that is driving up the cost through the roof. He then said both La Brea and La Cienega, as well as all other crossings, should have been built at-grade. He said that Metro 2003 grade-separation policy for light-rail is only to benefit the automobile traffic and is really unneeded and unnecessary. Without grade separation, he said, we could build much more than we are currently building.
So, this is all about mentality, Roland says.
Is grade separation actually transit advocacy or automobile advocacy?
I personally think grade separation is pedestrian advocacy not automobile advocacy. I don't think people really care if a car gets crushed, its more about the people in that car.