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Is the Westside subway worth the money? Did we pick the right route? Tell us what you think


TalkbackHere it is. After decades of debate, L.A. transit officials have selected a basic route for the proposed Westside subway.

It largely follows Wilshire Boulevard, which has long been the expected route. Other alternatives have been considered, including a route through West Hollywood and the Beverly Center/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center area.

What do you think of the route? Is it worth the estimated $5-billion + price tag? Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich's spokesman, spokesman Tony Bell, said he's concerned that the price of the Purple Line would take resources away from other transit projects.

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The subway stops at the V.A. Hospital because MTA is stopping all service to Santa Monica. Santa Monica's Blue Bus will take over the former Metro routes.
The soil composition is Santa Monica is sandy and mushy- not at all suitable for a subway. Additionally turning over routes to small municipal bus companies and operators is part of the MTA strategy to break the Metro union by parting out the system so that yet another block of middle-class jobs disappear in L.A.

From my blog:

Wilshire Blvd. Subway a Boon to Pasadena

Today is one of the greatest milestones in LA history. Future generations will look back decades from now and know that “2010″ was the year LA chose to embrace urbanism over strict auto-dependency. Cities across the world are identified by their transit networks (New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, etc.) and Los Angeles is no exception as our “transit network” of clogged and ever-widening freeways and streets have earned us the reputation of shame amongst many who expect great transit service from a city as large and diverse as LA.

All that changes starting today because this morning, the Metro board unanimously approved the long-elusive Wilshire Blvd subway (aka Purple Line) that will allow residents of Pasadena to one day ride the “subway to the sea.” Along the way, riders will also stop at LACMA, Rodeo Drive, Century City, and UCLA. Although, the initial approval today has the Purple Line terminating at the VA Hospital just past UCLA/Westwood, the goal will be to seek further funding to extend the subway all the way to the ocean (at 4th/Colorado in Downtown Santa Monica). Conversely, all those areas mentioned will also be able to access Pasadena car-free as part of a regional network.

Along with the Regional Downtown Connector approved today as well, which will tie together the Blue, Gold, and Expo Lines into a seamless rail system–meaning no transfer at Union Station needed from Pasadena to the heart of Downtown LA–Pasadena is positioned advantageously as we are already connected into the disjointed, but rapidly maturing, rail network. As each new rail line opens, adding more and more key destinations, the system will gain coherency and become relevant to more and more people. Finally shedding the criticism of a “subway to nowhere” to a subway system that works.

Expect real estate near our six Gold Line stations in Pasadena (Fillmore, Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake, Allen, and Sierra Madre) to increase in value as demand to live near stations continues to grow as our regional network expands (not unlike many other cities in the world where rail stations are viewed as a must for many who desire a pedestrian lifestyle).

What's all these complaints about the subway only going to the VA? First of all, up until 2007, it was illegal to build subways in Los Angeles; so you could only hope in your wildest dreams the subway would ever go to La Brea. Thanks to Mayor V's methane gas study launched in '05, which convinced Henry Waxman to overturn the federal drilling ban, we can build a subway again.

Nothing is ever perfect. We were constrained in the parameters of Measure R for a train to Westwood not Santa Monica. Santa Monica is receiving the Expo Line which will open in 2016. The earliest the Purple Line will get to the VA is in 2022. LA is moving forward, unfortunately, there is time involved. But that's exciting to see a changing culture in a city that would only want to build roads. Today, we have 3 transit projects under construction (Orange Line to Chatsworth, Expo Line to Culver City, and Foothill Gold Line to Asuza). That was inconceivable just few years ago..............

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