Dorsey High School Grade Crossing Issue May 15, 2008 17:51:46 GMT -8
Post by JerardWright on May 15, 2008 17:51:46 GMT -8
If you can send us the link we would gladly tell that person where our group stands. ;D
A lot has gone on in the past 4-5 years in terms of transit and what we can or can't build. Where around 1998 you couldn't say the word subway before you got thrown a flaming bag of dog poop.
Before that time from 1998-2003, You couldn't get any public official to go for a subway or below grade transit project after the Prop A ban and media slams during the construction of the Red/Purple Line subway even say the word heavy Rail, below grade or subway. That is how Expo and East LA are even LRT because we had to look at projects that would provide an immediate impact and had things already available to us.
In the East LA LRT, we had close to half a billion dollars earmarked by the Federal Government for the original heavy Rail project that changed to use the funding for a LRT subway through Boyle Heights while new local monies built the surface/elevated running portions.
With Expo through all of it's past studies was looked as an good project to provide service between Westside, Mid-City and Downtown with an already owned railroad right-of-way. With subway funding from the original Wilshire/Mid-City extension gone and up in the air we needed a good alternative that will have an immediate impact.
Thankfully, time has proven again to heal all wounds because some important advances have occured that we can even get interest in subway/heavy rail again along with busways, light rail, commuter rail and even Monorail has a small look, a very small look. (Insert Simpsons Monorail song here)
To paraphrase, our position has been to think of our transit system hollistically and advocate how pieces fit together with current projects and sow seeds of future projects that would help to add greater interest and improve our network.
One of those goals is to complete the already slated Light Rail projects (Expo, East LA, Crenshaw, Foothill to Azusa) already slated in order while advocating for more projects (Regional Connector, Westside Subway, Vermont, 405 Parallel Corridor, Harbor Subdivision) and have them ready to go so when funding windfalls present themselves we'll have a shelf ready projects that are ready to go which means more can get built with the available funding to us.
While we are pushing for new projects we have to keep our existing system running in good order and stop things that would have a negative impact to our system such as the removal of Owl service that through our persistance got the board to overturn those decisions and keep those services running.