Plenty of Ways to Follow the LRTP Debate, Including Streetsblog Twitter Feed

If you care about transit issues in Los Angeles, you probably know that today is the day that the Metro Board is expected to pass the Long Range Transportation Plan that will cement the timeline for local funding from Measure R for projects and allow the agency to apply for Federal and State funds.  If you want to follow the debate, amendments and votes, you have several options.

The first option is to just go to the meeting.  It’s in the Metro Board Room in the huge building right behind Union Station.  You can’t miss it.  But be prepared for staff to not allow you to comment because you weren’t there by 9:30 A.M. even though the Board won’t have a quorum yet and it’s a violation of the Brown Act regarding public meetings.  Also, you’ll probably have to listen to the proceedings in an overflow room.

If you do have the time to listen to the meeting, you can do what I’m going to do and listen in on the telephone.  The number to listen in is 213-922-6045.  Metro still hasn’t gotten around to broadcasting their meetings on the Internet, so this is the next best thing.

Third, you can follow the twitter feeds of Streetsblog, http://twitter.com/lastreetsblog or I Will Ride, http://twitter.com/iwillride. You can follow the Streetsblog twitter feed without leaving this page on the right hand side of the screen.

While they don’t have a twitter account set up, I imagine Steve Hymon will be updating The Source regularly during the meeting as well.

And of course once the meeting is over I’ll post the results here at Streetsblog and fill in the details as time allows.

  • I hope it works out well….for bikes (as I say laughingly). In case you don’t follow him, @villaraigosa (and @MobilityMaven (aka Rita Robinson) as well) has been blowin’ up the twitter telling people to lodge their support for the Long Term Transp Plan–and how easy it is (just two clicks!). Since I’ve given him a bit of snarky comments in reply, I figured I’d help him out this time. Here’s my email, which I’m sure will result in an onslaught of bike planning and infrastructure:

    Dear Ms. Jackson,

    Many in our city are using bicycles as their preferred mode of transportation, and their presence fits well into any bi-modal and multi-modal transportation plan. Please be sure to support and encourage cycling and those who choose to use cycling as a means of transportation in any long term transportation plan. Many other cities that have opted to included cycling and cycling planning in their long term plans are reaping huge benefits. Please see New York, Portland, Boulder, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, just to name a few that have received much press lately.

    Please also pass the Long Range Transportation plan at today’s meeting. We have waited long enough. It is time to get to work and build Los Angeles the sustainable, comprehensive transportation network it deserves. The cyclists of this city look forward to how cycling will be incorporated into all future planning.

    Thank you.

  • I gather from the tweets on Twitter that the Long Range Transportation Plan was approved.

    Were any of the amendments approved?

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