Monday, July 23, 2007

Banning Cars from Boulevards

There was an article in the Los Angeles Times on banning cars from Wilshire Avenue and bringing the Subway to the surface. There are tons of cross streets meaning that there would have to be a lot of over or underpasses if it was going to be grade separated. Maybe this can be achieved by tunneling under the major intersections and not allowing cross traffic on the smaller ones. Although everyone would be pretty mad about the construction. I really like the idea of subways though. Mostly because they can go in straighter lines and you won't have the ugly under and overpass issues. They also integrate into the landscape better since people don't have to cross streets. The New York Subways were an investment made over 100 years ago, why can't LA make that investment for the lifetime of that city?


John said...

Hi. I am an intern at SPUR and I hope you can help me with my project. i am analyzing how the public should best choose a route to finance for BRT or light rail transit upgrades. I would like to ask if you know what organization is responsible in writing Muni's X plan and where i can get more information about? i have read parts of the SFCTA plan, but it is unclear if it is the same plan.

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

Hi John. I'm not sure if i can help you on that. However there are a lot of people in your office who should know the answer to that question including Gabriel Metcalf. If not you should ask the folks at SF Cityscape. Cheers.

John said...

Thanks for the advice. Yea, i have 'intern' meetings on friday so i will ask my spur people then. As for now i will see what the cityscape knows.

Keep up with the good work on your blog :-)