Newsflash! Westsiders Want Rail (and Bikes)

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Photos via LA Indy Media

A new organization calling themselves "West LA for Change" debuted itself to thousands of drivers on the 405 by unrolling a 100 foot sign calling for a speeded up time table for the Subway to the Sea and Phase II of the Expo Line.  The group doesn’t seem to limit itself to transportation advocacy, as their website promotes the group as:

a non-partisan coalition of West LA residents committed to building and maintaining a sustainable, healthy, just and prosperous community.

While they don’t seem to have any more highway protests planned, there is a link to join their mailing list if you’re interested in wearing a mask and pushing a message of alternative transportation.  To see the second side of their sign, promoting bikes as an alternative to those cars crossing the overpass, read on after the jump.

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  • That right there is awesome!

  • Good for them. To be honest, though, I think getting the westside subway extension fast-tracked is sort of up to the powers that be, at this point. Tony V will keep pursuing it (it would look really good to have that success under his belt when he campaigns for governor next year), and I think Obama and Ray LaHood would likely see it as a worthwhile investment. It may come down to U.S. Congress in the transportation bill that’s due in October.

    By the way, anyone else here that Governor Schwarzenegger is back to proposing a gas tax increase in CA? Hope he’s successful. It didn’t happen in the budget passage last month because losing the gas tax was a demand of the republican who bargained with the dems to include his vote. But apparently Arnie has wanted this gas tax increase for a while. Hope it comes to pass.

  • The next Transportation bill will be key to getting Purple line completion date moved up to a reasonable time frame (i.e. 5-10 years instead of 30 years). Start calling your House reps!

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