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Bikes, trains and automobiles: Getting around in LA, then and now

by AirTalk®

Photo of LA from 1985 Ted Chambers via Flickr

Besides the Hollywood sign and the walk of fame, Los Angeles is probably best known for its traffic.

Constantly atop lists of cities with the worst commute times or most congested roads, the city of L.A. has been working for decades and on a multitude of fronts, trying to make it easier and faster for residents to commute in and around L.A.

So, how much progress has been made in the last 30 years? As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, AirTalk takes a look back at how transportation in L.A. has (and hasn’t) changed in the last 30 years and a look ahead at what lies in the future for commuters in L.A.


Steve Hymon, editor of The Source, the official blog of Metro Los Angeles

Tamika Butler, executive director of the L.A. Bike Coalition

Jay Beeber, executive director of Safer Streets L.A., and a research fellow with the Reason Foundation

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