LA-Metro released its environmental report late last week on the proposed “subway to the sea,” a 12-mile extension of the Wilshire Purple Line that will cost about $5 billion. Voters approved a County sales tax in 2008 to help pay for it. But here’s the catch: if you think the subway’s going to make your drive easier, guess again. Projected population increases will all-but negate any traffic relief from people leaving their cars in favor of the subway. True, for some 100,000 riders, it will be a nice alternative, but commuters along the same route will still be stuck. Is the project worth it? And with a growing population, is traffic relief even possible?
David Meiger, Metro project manager for the Westside extension