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February 13, 2005

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Gustavo Arellano

Lionel?

Critic

Maybe it's time to bury two billion dollar boondoggles with one oversize shovel. Rather than try to build a light rail line on wheels down a widened Bristol Street, and a collapsible freeway over our only major flood control channel, why don't we just turn Bristol into a Super Street like Beach, from the end of the 57 to the beginning of the 73. If you look at a map, you'll see that a logical extension of the 57 goes due south, right where the path of the Centerbusrapidtrolleyline is designed to go.

While we're working on that and the other Super Streets that were sold with Measure M, but nevvr built, and finishing the 22 widening, we can move onto the next major project, the widening of the 405 from the 605 to the 73. Thats a 1.5 billion dollar project that will benefit us tremendously, with surprisingly little damage to the adjacent communities.

And let's really start looking at some innovative transportation ideas like Personal Rapid Transit, an energy efficient system that actually has a chance of working in our density pattern or the next generation of cars that can use lasers to maintain separation and dramatically increase the efficiency of freeways. Probably can't do this from inside the OCTA bureacracy, but there's a new generation of computer/GIS based transportation technology coming that could fit the way we live, rather than trying to emulate some hub-and-spoke system that was appropriate for Eastern metropolise and their streetcar suburbs 80 years ago.

I've left out any mention of new massive projects to move inland empire homeowners to jobs in the OC. I'm not really in favor of massive new projects that bring new traffic into the county to impact our already overburdened freeways and arterials. The jobs will move to the IE.

Lurk

As in the electric toy train. Comprende?

Gustavo Arellano

It's "comprendes", cabron!

Lurk

See!

redperegrine

"I've left out any mention of new massive projects to move inland empire homeowners to jobs in the OC. I'm not really in favor of massive new projects that bring new traffic into the county to impact our already overburdened freeways and arterials. The jobs will move to the IE."

I like Gustavo's conclusion. Sooner or later jobs will move to housing. It's common sense. It's a market decision/adjustment that gov't building/widening more roads (to accommodate ever more cars) only postpones.

You can't grow your way out of a box.

And again, nobody keeps track of the time lost (and aggravation caused) by construction projects.

Lurk

The LA Mayor's race is of no big concern to us here, except for its collection of losers, but I was positively struck with Hertzberg's "Commuter's Bill of Rights" (http://changela.com/) which would ban road construction during rush hour. But then he also came out for the Matricular consular card as legal identification, so go figure...

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