Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Metro Needs Your Input For The Westside

"Over the past 30 years, tremendous population and employment growth, worsening congestion, changing land uses and traffic patterns, as well as Metro’s challenge to meet transit demand, have led to the need to improve mobility in what is now known as the Westside Corridor." -

That said, a $5 Billion plan is finally underway to create a mass transit system underground for the Westside. Although the entire process will take about 9 years, within a 5 years (2013) a subway of some kind will be in effect...probably the 'Subway to the Sea' will open the first phase of its route to the public.

The area of interest for Metro will extend from the existing Metro Rail Hollywood/Highland and Wilshire/Western Stations to the Pacific Ocean. The northern boundary will follow the base of the Santa Monica Mountains along Hollywood, Sunset and San Vicente Boulevards. The southern boundary follows Pico Boulevard. The overall area will be approximately 38 square miles.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, Metro hopes to see the public over the next week at their three public meetings. As Angelinos, this is our time to speak up and have a say about the subway system we've all been waiting for.

Let's not forget, the transit sytem will directly effect Real Estate values all around town!

Metro will hold public update meetings on "Metro Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study" as follows:

Thursday, January 31: Los Angeles County Museum of Art-West, 6-8 p.m., LACMA-West Terrace Room, 5th Floor, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, Metro Service provided on Lines 20, 720, 920, 217 & 780. Validated parking is available in the lot on the southeast corner of Wilshire & Spaulding.

Tuesday, February 5: Westwood Presbyterian Church, 6- 8 p.m., 10822 Wilshire Boulevard (at Malcolm Avenue), Los Angeles, CA. Metro Service provided on Line 20, 720 & 920.Free parking available at the location

Wednesday, February 6: Plummer Park, 6-8 p.m., 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Plummer Place), West Hollywood, CA, Metro service provided on Line 4. Free parking available at the location.

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