Labor Day Homework: Play the Tom LaBonge Transit Game
Yesterday, the Daily News printed an odd opinion piece by 4th District City Councilman Tom LaBonge which outlined his views on how Metro should grow Los Angeles’ rail system in the coming years. I say “odd” because the former Metro Board Member has to know that Measure R transit funds have to be spent on the projects listed in the ballot initiative passed in 2008, and it’s unlikely the agency is going to raise the funds for anymore transit projects in the near future.
Nevertheless, LaBonge does have some interesting ideas, such as monorail service to the Hollywood Bowl, an extension of the Red Line to the Valley and an extension of the Purple Line down to USC. In fact, most of LaBonge’s article is about extending service to major trip attractors that are under served by transit.
So your homework assignment for the weekend is to assume you have a magic transit wand and could make any one change to our system, as it stands or post Measure R, and post it in the comments section. On Monday, we’ll take a vote on which of the top suggestions is the best. The overall winner gets a Streetsblog t-shirt! Incidently, unless the Mayor breaks his arm trying to catch a train, that will be the only posting here until Tuesday morning.
Happy Labor Day!