The Transit System We Deserve

Our friends at the transit mega-blog The Transport Politic put together an image to accompany yesterday’s story that is perhaps the most beautiful thing I’ve seen since the birth of Samuel last month.  This map shows the Los Angeles rapid bus, light rail, and subway system that we could have in thirty years if all of the Measure R and LRTP projects are constructed. 

I actually didn’t notice the story until I was already tweeting the Board Meeting and decided to save it until today, because as we head into the weekend, after a long week; it’s nice to remember what it is we fight for, and argue about, and spend our nights and weekends going to meetings for.  It’s so that when Sammy is my age, he’ll have this transit system in place.  He won’t be forced to choose between waiting in the rain for the bus or biking through the puddles/  He won’t have to make three transfers if he wanted to try and get to Church without taking a car or a bike in the summer heat.  He’ll have the transit options that our friends in other major cities brag about while mocking our Car Culture.

If we don’t let our elected leaders mess this up, Los Angeles has a great future.

Have a great weekend.

  • Forgive my ignorance, and maybe it’s just been a while since I actually took a look at the LRTP (it has been out and had many revisions in the last 2-3? years) but since when has a Lincoln Blvd extension even in the strategic plan?

  • DJB

    That map is orgasmic :)

  • Lincoln Blvd. is considered a “Tier 2” project in the unfunded portion. This map includes several not-yet- funded projects.

  • Erik G.

    It would be neat to overlay this with a similarly rendered map of the old PE and LARy. systems.

    Actually, it would be sad to see what we could have kept and just upgraded.

  • Goddamn, where does Mr. Yonah Freemark get the time to do these magical things that he does? I could look at his maps all day.

  • No Personal Transportation Pods?! I am deeply offended, and have cast aside all hope for the future due to this omission.

    I would be willing to rethink things, if only someone would whisper the magical word:


  • Wad

    Ubrayj2 wrote:

    I would be willing to rethink things, if only someone would whisper the magical word:


    Once that happened, I predict thread closure within 45 posts.

  • Erik G.

    PRT will finally show the world how wrong it has been starting in “late Spring 2010”!!


    Apu: Is there a chance the track could bend?

    Lyle Lanley: Not on your life, my Hindu friend.

    Barney: What about us brain-dead slobs?

    Lyle Lanley: You’ll be given cushy jobs.

  • Gorgeous. I’m pretty much in awe. It’s just like guides in those Insight pocket maps available for most major cities. Just lovely.

  • Evan

    “It would be neat to overlay this with a similarly rendered map of the old PE and LARy. systems.

    “Actually, it would be sad to see what we could have kept and just upgraded.”

    Long Beach and the OC beach cities were well served by the Pacific Electric. There are still tracks on the right-of-way in parts of Long Beach (near Alamitos Bay).

  • dudeonabike

    Just take a moment and imagine for a moment what LA would be like if this hypothetical metro map were a reality. I know, I know, it’s difficult to do, but this is the stuff (transportation planning and livability) dreams are made of. I still see a lot of gaps and areas underserved, but with modern rules re bikes so bikes can work to fill these gaps), this would be a wonderful plan to work towards and have implemented . . . say, next year. That’s do-able, right?

  • David Galvan

    Well, sir, there’s nothing on earth
    Like a genuine,
    Bona fide,
    Monorail! …
    What’d I say?

  • Fakename70

    Nice map, but, it’ll NEVER happen, folks. Face it, regarding regional mass transit — specifically rail — it’s currently a quarter-century behind where it SHOULD be, and a half-century behind where it COULD be.

    Too little, too late.


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