Even people who've never been to Los Angeles know all the stereotypes: nobody walks, cyclists are out of control, cars don't respect cyclists, you sit in traffic for hours at a time, and public transportation is cumbersome at it best, unreliable at its worst.
That's partly why the idea of improving transportation, particularly the public transit, is typically met with eye rolls and remembrances of false promises. We can't help but notice the positive plans in store for Los Angeles, however. With many of them having to do with LAX and the Olympics, these changes are sure to impact people around the world, potentially changing the narrative for Los Angeles as a freeway city. Here are some of the projects underway that we believe have this opportunity.
The LAX people mover is a game changer. To have the option to take the Metro and then ride what is essentially a monorail to the airport will make the dreaded commute much more interesting. Maybe it's because I grew up in Boston and New York, but I think of public transportation as a fun adventure, a way to get some reading done or let your mind take a few moments to regenerate and revive itself. Traveling to the airport without being dependent on cars would be extraordinary. The people mover will also have easy access to rental car facilities and other locations.
One area where we can agree that Angelenos are always rightfully skeptical is when the subject of hosting the Olympics comes up. The 1984 Olympics we're legendary in how successfully LA’s population was navigated around peak times. Now with a much more robust Metro system, especially in the USD and downtown areas, the 2028 Olympics could signify even more innovative ways of handling crowd control in bustling city, more heavily populated than in 1984, that must continue their lives and livelihoods even as athletes from around the world compete for what may be the biggest win of their lives. UCLA and Inglewood are among the areas where new Metro stations are planned.
What? An alternative to the 405? That sounds like science fiction Who can forget Carmageddon back in ---, when the City of LA gave us months of notice that we couldn't take that stretch of freeway connecting the San Fernando Valley to the Westside? The event even sparked an artistic counter event called Armageddon, encouraging people to stay right where they live and explore the art within walking distance.
It may seem like overkill to anyone who doesn't understand how the 405 works, but that campaign was remarkable proof that Los Angeles can come together and overcome a vital artery of their commute being out of bounds.
The Sepulveda Pass has desperately attention for years and through Measure M plus other funding, proposals and studies are in place to investigate how to include “bus rapid transit, light rail, and a subway, as well as possible alignments and potential stops along the route,” according to a report.
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