Today’s Headlines

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We’ll start live-tweeting the Metro Board Meeting at 9:00 A.M.

  • GOOD Asks: Is L.A. Sprawl or a Great City?
  • Update on Green Line Extension Meetings (Redondo Beach Path, Curbed)
  • Preview of Today’s Board Meetings (The Source)
  • Villaraigosa Hopeful That Republican Congress Would Work on 30/10 (The Source)
  • A Parent’s Guide to Transit in L.A. (HuffPo)
  • Audit Questions HSR Expenditures (LAT)
  • Ray LaHood to NPR: “Drivers Should Never Use Cell Phones”
  • Sign Up to Follow the Sassy Tweeting Freeways (LAist)
  • It’s Official, NJ Kills Nation’s Largest Transit Project (CNN)
  • L.A.’s First Bike Corral Opens on Saturday (Facebook/CICLE)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Just received this tweet:

    “One speaker just complained that the EIR didn’t take into account the “psychological impact” of drilling under the high school.”

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    LOL. Psychological impact?

    What about the psychological impact of selfish, wealthy NIMBYs thwarting this project for two decades and looking down on people who ride public transit.

    If some student has an adverse psychological impact to a subway running underneath the high school, they are in for a lifetime of expensive psychiatric bills and a mountain of anti-depressants each day and have problems that go far beyond transit concerns.

    If I were a high school student there, my psychological impact would be “cool. I live in a world class city with a decent transit system and mobility.”

  • From Twitter:

    “John Walsh has his speaking rights at meetings revoked for 60 days. L.A. Weekly is crushed.”

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    A victory for sanity!

  • Rail Fanboys are vicious bunch aren’t you?

    I think there should be a set aside for you guys – a nice HO scale setup that you run through model neighborhoods with cement walls, no public art, no bathrooms, poor citing, large parking lots, etc.

    There are some good reasons people oppose a rail (or road project). They’re not all nut jobs complaining about the subways effects on their chakra.

    There is a bunch of crazy geological stuff going on in this part of the city – oil wells, methane gas, a fault line. It is reasonable to fear construction in an area like this, especially if the stuff above ground is worth a lot.

  • Whatever the “good reasons” for opposing a rail or road or bus project, worry about the psychological damage to having a subway line under a school isn’t one of them.

  • “Rail Fanboys are vicious bunch aren’t you?”

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    As speaking of “vicious”. You should hear what the NIMBYs said about “those people” when they were successfully thwarting this project twenty years.

  • No, I get it, there is all sort of racist, batshit insane, stuff that gets thrown at transit projects.

    I have seen rail stations, and rail projects, that hurt a neighborhood or at the least don’t do much to improve things in the area. If I could go back in time, I’d add my voice to the choir opposing the way things were done.

    If we’re going to get a bunch of Hollywood and Highland disasters, with homeless planters filled with excrement, unsafe pedestrian access, and development that turns its back to the street, then I am opposed to the MTA’s plans as well. We deserve rail that respects our humanity, the scale of traditional human development, and our needs as people and not merely as automatons or notional human beings in transit planner, architects, or rail fanboy’s dreams.

  • We deserve rail that respects our humanity, the scale of traditional human development, and our needs as people and not merely as automatons or notional human beings in transit planner, architects, or rail fanboy’s dreams.

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    Nice straw dog you alight.

    We all support those things.

    People who believe that the Beverly Hills NUMBY’s are being unreasonable aren’t “rail fanboys” just because they disagree with you.

  • “We deserve rail that respects our humanity, the scale of traditional human development, and our needs as people and not merely as automatons or notional human beings in transit planner, architects, or rail fanboy’s dreams.”

    Well I guess that same logic can be applied to streets and freeways. Lets just rip out the city and start over. Not very realistic. So let think of human scale within the framework of what we have to work with.

    My pie in the sky wish is a monorail down wilshire to the sea. But that ain’t happening.

  • Regarding Regional Connector on Twitter,

    There was an amendment to add back the 5th & Flower station which failed 4-3-3. (Mayor was absent for this vote.)

    Fasana stated that if the business community wanted the station, they should pony up the dough.

    Perry had asked Metro not to pit the financial district against Little Tokyo.

  • “Rip up the city” – wha?

    Who suggested that?

    At least I know how to piss you guys off. Rail Fanboys.

  • At least I k”now how to piss you guys off. Rail Fanboys.”

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    If a Santa Monica Blvd. Metrorail line is ever constructed, I will stand beside it and do a fan dance on opening day.

  • @ubrayj02 I am not a rail fanboy I am a Monorail fanboy!

    http://www.monorails.org/index.html

  • El Dude, Monorails are great for some things, but there are some political and technical limitations.

    This is a good read:

    http://www.humantransit.org/2009/08/briefly-on-monorails.html