Speaking in front of a small army of transportation advocates at the "It’s Time to Move LA" Conference, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa found his voice as a cheerleader for public transit. Once applauded for his "Ride Metro with the Mayor" Campaign, the Mayor and Metro Board Member admitted that’s it’s been awhile since he’s regularly rode transit; but that’s going to change. Villaraigosa promised we’d be seeing him on buses, trains and light rail again, both often and soon.
Mayor Villaraigosa Executive Order on Transit Oriented Development Cabinet Too to many people, urban planning in Los Angeles is a joke. Even Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will play up Los Angeles’ uneven history with planning in private interviews or public speeches when he knows he’s addressing an audience that gets it. But the Mayor always claimed […]
One of the major themes of Streetsblog’s recent interview with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the timeline for transit expansion. Rather than an outline of when projects would be completed, we sought to chronicle the policy switch from moving cars to a true pro-transit agenda. Was it when Villaraigosa was elected to the City Council and […]
We’re the BRU. This is our fight Mass transportation is a human right We want 50 cent fares and $20 passes ‘cause mass transportation belongs to the masses –BRU Chant, heard yesterday. Hoping to leverage the importance of minority and lower income voters to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, the Bus Riders Union (BRU) launched […]
Ride it all the way to Santa Monica in 2020? Image:Ted Soqui/LA Weekly. At a meeting of business leaders earlier today, Mayor Villaraigosa officially announced his plan, previewed earlier today in the Times, to aggressively pursue private and federal funds to complete all rail projects included in Measure R within ten years. Villaraigosa has often […]
The Mayor began our interview talking about a college student’s commute from Downtown Los Angeles to California State University Northridge. The student leaves home early in the morning on a bike. He soon hops on the Metro Red Line to North Hollywood. In North Hollywood, he transfers to the Orange Line. When he gets off […]
Earlier this month, Los Angeles Streetsblog editor Damien Newton and Streetsblog Lite editor Veronica Hernandez sat down with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for what turned out to be a long, far-ranging interview on all things transportation in Los Angeles. Originally scheduled as a chance to talk about the Mayor’s three terms as Chair of […]