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Old Posted Feb 5, 2022, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by SFBruin View Post
I think that it depends on the goal.

If the goal is to generate as much transit ridership as possible, then the solution is probably to invest in commuter services to downtown, and build a subway system in Central LA.

If the goal is to serve as many people as possible, but not necessarily generate the most rides, then the solution is to build a county-wide light rail system, as they are doing.
The county-wide LRT system is more a function of politics and regional equity. This dynamic partly explains why phase 4 of the Purple Line extension (VA to SM) was not included in Measure R because the Expo Line hadn’t even reached SM yet. When Measure M came along, most of the capital earmarked for the Westside was allocated toward the Sepulveda Corridor.

Once the R/M projects are out of the way, focus can be shifted toward building infrastructure where it makes sense (Central LA), as there’s nothing in R/M (which will merge in 2040 to form a 1% “no-sunset” sales tax) that stipulates that X amount of funding needs to go toward Y sub-region.
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