The LA Weekly just published an excellent article by Patrick Range McDonald entitled, "$9 Billion Subway-to-Sea Rip-Off."
McDonald hammers home a point the other local journalists have glossed over: the "subway to the sea" is not worth the money because, per the EIR study, it will have little if any impact on traffic. McDonald quotes, among others, USC professor and transportation expert James Moore as saying, "I didn't need an Environmental Impact Report to know that."
You know who else didn't need an Environmental Impact Report to tell you that? Yours truly, three years ago. Villaraigosa and the City Council just wasted three years. Here's your blast from the past:
My plan -- detailed in my platform but not the video -- was to buy, or acquire through eminent domain, properties every few blocks along major traffic arteries; build underground parking at each of those sites, with parks on top; use those parking facilities to eliminate street parking; and then convert the lanes previously used for street parking into the "bus only" lanes.
This would boost employment immediately -- without a 10 or 20 year wait -- and would get traffic moving.
It's time for Villaraigosa and the Spring Street Gang to dump the hole in the ground and adopt a plan that will get traffic moving throughout L.A. They've already wasted three years, despite being told by two different Moore's that the "subway to the sea" would be a complete waste of money.