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Friday, July 23, 2010

Take a Ride on the Expo Line!

Interesting video produced by the Transit Coalition over a portion of  the existing right of way that will become the controversial MTA Expo Light Rail line.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't wait for the NIMBY's to start making charges that this video was produced and paid for by the Expo Authority. They are so paranoid.

When this parody website was created (http://smarterrail.org/), Patricia Colleen Mason Heller (search her name along with Scientology) sent out lawsuit legal threat letters to all sorts of Expo supporters.

So, watch out for some legal bizarreness to attack this video.

July 23, 2010 9:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This video makes it clear that except for a few tight spots, this rail line would be easy to construct and the east/west connection would be very beneficial to the City.

July 24, 2010 7:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pacific Electric rides again. I believe this'll be the reactivation of all/ most of PE's Santa Monica Air Line (named not for airport travel, but because it was pretty much straight out to SM as the crow flies).

Other than the Long Beach Line (today most of it used for the Blue Line), this will probably be the most intact, reused PE line...


July 25, 2010 6:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This video shows where the problems lie: the proposed rail line is crossing Overland Ave., Westwood Blvd., Sepulveda Blvd., Sawtelle Blvd. and Pico Blvd. at street level. You can actually see in the video how many cars will have to stop at each crossing to let the train through. This is equivalent to one more traffic signal in each of these already congested roads. And because the trains travel east-west, they do nothing to reduce car traffic in the north-south direction, ergo additional congestion is to be expected.

I suppose they considered making these crossings into over/underpasses and discarded the idea because of cost. That's what economists call an externality: they make the decision and someone else pays the price.

July 25, 2010 7:37 PM  

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