Patt Morrison for September 30, 2011: Live from the 6th Annual AltCar Expo in Santa Monica!

Live from the AltCar Expo - Beyond cars: how public transportation and biking could transform Southern California

L.A. Metro

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Commuters board a train in Los Angeles

Beyond cars, what will the future public transportation and bike landscape of Southern California look like?

In November 2008, California voters approved Measure R, committing a projected $40 billion to traffic relief and transportation upgrades throughout the county over the next 30 years. The Expo light rail line, Crenshaw-LAX light rail line, and Gold line extensions to Azusa have all broken ground under this measure, which is expected to greatly improve connectivity across the region and increase ridership. There are currently 1.4 million passengers boarding bus and rail throughout the county—rail accounts for 300,000 of those boardings. That ridership is expected to double by the time Measure R projects are completed. In addition, what will be the future of biking in the region? What’s been the impact of events like CicLAvia?


Richard Katz, director for L.A. Metro and board chair for Metrolink and California High-Speed Rail Authority

Claire Bowin, city planner with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning; lead the effort to update the city's bicycle plan last year

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