WHY TRUST MTA WITH MORE CASH?Byline: JONATHAN DOBRER
CAN we all stipulate that efficient and affordable mass rapid transit Noun 1. mass rapid transit - an urban public transit system using underground or elevated trains
public transit - a public transportation system for moving passengers would be a wonderful thing for Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, ? Can we agree that it would be a pleasure to get out of our cars, the traffic jams and escape from high-priced gasoline?
Can we also agree that none of this is likely to happen in our lifetime?
Yes, I'd love a subway to the sea. I'd love a monorail monorail, railway system that uses cars that run on a single rail. Typically the rail is run overhead and the cars are either suspended from it or run above it. in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. . I'd love a light-rail line to the airport. But I won't vote for the tax increase to make this happen, because I have lost my faith in the planning, efficiency and common sense of our Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Why would I trust them with my money when they have a history of treating the Valley as a foreign, enemy nation which can count on little of our money returning in the form of services?
Why would I hand them my money with their traditional cost overruns that are massive, even by government standards? Their headquarters -- an inspiration, I'm sure to Cardinal Mahony -- is a marble monument to bureaucratic waste and abuse. The care and comfort of bureaucrats comes before customer service.
Why would I give them control over projects that obsolesce ob·so·lesce
intr.v. ob·so·lesced, ob·so·lesc·ing, ob·so·lesc·es
To undergo the process of becoming obsolete.
[Latin obsol as they are being studied? How many times do they need to commission multimillion-dollar studies in order not to build anything at all?
As they study and pitch the subway to the sea, they are looking at two routes -- and even dreaming of building both of them. Yes, they have taken leave of their senses.
One route is to go down Wilshire, the other Santa Monica Santa Monica (săn`tə mŏn`ĭkə), city (1990 pop. 86,905), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1886. Tourism and retailing are important, and the city has motion-picture, biotechnology, and software industries. Boulevard. Forgetting for a moment how happy the merchants in Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, city (1990 pop. 31,971), Los Angeles co., S Calif., completely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles; inc. 1914. The largely residential city is home to many motion-picture and television personalities. , Westwood and Santa Monica won't be with the disruption, mess, noise and traditional earth subsidence, please notice that Santa Monica Boulevard has just undergone a major restructuring, with Little Santa Monica eliminated in parts of West Hollywood West Hollywood
A community of southern California northeast of Beverly Hills. It is mainly residential. Population: 36,600. and Westwood. Digging a subway should get lots of support from residents and merchants.
Now look at the corner of Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards in Beverly Hills, and the new Waldorf Astoria hotel, condos and remodel re·mod·el
tr.v. re·mod·eled also re·mod·elled, re·mod·el·ing also re·mod·el·ling, re·mod·els also re·mod·els
To make over in structure or style; reconstruct. of the existing hotel Hilton. Let's build a subway while we're at it. This should be well-tolerated by the wealthy. No one could foresee any problems getting this through.
If the MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.
(2) See M Technology Association.
1. (messaging) MTA - Message Transfer Agent. were to get some kind of approval for a subway to the sea, where, in fact, would it go? Given the history of the amazing, wandering existing lines, we know that this will be a political food fight -- with wealthy neighborhoods trying to keep it out and others fighting for it. If you look at how the present line meanders, you see that decisions were made politically and not geographically or even sensibly.
Another good reason not to trust the MTA with our money is its stunning decision not to build the subway or light rail to the airport. This is such a "what were they thinking?" issue that I actually interviewed a spokesman who bravely (or perhaps cravenly) tried to defend the indefensible. His explanation was that they decided not to build the rail line to LAX because they thought that Palmdale Airport Palmdale Airport may refer to:
A very large airport in Palmdale, California which has 2 facilities that share its runways:
So, no to LAX, and yes to McDonnell Douglas and Northrop.
Great international cities have rail lines from their airports to their centers -- London, Paris, San Francisco. What other city has a nearby rail line that doesn't go to the airport but demands a shuttle bus?
Oakland. Enough said.
Then, in another fit of bad judgment -- both business and personal -- just when ridership is increasing because of gas prices, just when people have begun to make the calculation of time and money and begun to ride, the MTA raises its fares!
Talk about good will. Talk about encouraging people to make the switch. Talk about clever.
Talk about any of these things and you won't be talking about the MTA.