AirTalk for June 8, 2010

How do we get Angelenos aboard public transit?

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Passengers wait for Metrolink subway trains during rush hour June 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

In Los Angeles, there are millions of people who would take public transportation if only… if only… if only what? If only the train went where they needed to go? If only the bus ran faster, maybe with a dedicated lane? Or maybe if LA’s streets were arranged more like they are in Portland, Copenhagen, or Brooklyn, so things were easier to walk and bike to? What will it really take to get more Angelenos out of their cars?


Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation for the City of New York

Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor representing the Third District, and longtime member of the Metro Board (the planned subway extension would cross much of his district)

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