Subway to sea gains footing

Full story: LA Daily News

Los Angeles' "subway to the sea" concept is getting closer to reality with the completion of test drilling on the Westside, where underground methane deposits have derailed expansion of the service for many years.
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Brigham Yen

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Aug 21, 2009
 
Choose the Downtown/West Hollywood routes!$9 Billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of effort and investment other cities in other parts of the world spend on their infrastructure. To put things into perspective, LA Live (a great project for LA nonetheless) costs about $3 Billion. That's just one complex.$9 Billion to help create a walking town otherwise known as a disgusting parking lot (the 405 and 101 comes to mind) and abnormally different from other GLOBAL cities that have GREAT subway systems, is NOT THAT MUCH PEOPLE. I say build the two lines and get LA moving and WALKING again. It isn't just about traffic mitigation, it's about CHANGING lifestyles for millions of people. Imagine an LA where people are pedestrians again. Where people walk to places instead of driving from one end of a strip mall to another.
Jacques

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Aug 21, 2009
 
Yes,instead of drivind,pull up with the trafic; that's a great idea.
Yesterday, I never answer the question : are you planning to live till 78?
Yes, if no body kill me !
Tahler

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#3
Aug 21, 2009
 
We need this here in L.A.!
Anamouse

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Aug 21, 2009
 
What were they thinking

First, a subway in Earthquake Central??? How much will that cost in repairs and disruption the next time we have a big earthquake and they have to shut it down to fix it?

Besides, we all know it's going to run way over budget and never will be able to operate without serious subsidizies, from taxpayers who will never be among those who use it.
get a life

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Aug 21, 2009
 
stop the world..I wanna get off!
wolflen

Riverside, CA

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#6
Aug 21, 2009
 
add 10 billion and ten years ...and a few additional tax increases...small price to pay for something that will only add to congestion & traffic...
did these guys ever visit NYC...that is what the westside will become...more people..more jobs...more growth...

rocket science eh...
Jacques

Glendale, CA

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Aug 21, 2009
 
If..If ! your father would't have married your mother you wouldn't be writing on this forum. we didn't have earth quake since 1994, the big one.
Don't worry so much get in.
Brigham Yen

Pasadena, CA

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Aug 21, 2009
 
Biggest fallacy anti-transit/anti-environmenta l persons love to bring up is "earthquakes." First of all, doing a little research shows that subways in MORE seismically active zones like Japan, Taiwan, China, Mexico City all have subways that are actually the least damaged after an earthquake. C'mon, you people who all live in LA can't be that ignorant! Have you seen how extensive the subway system is in Tokyo? One of the most seismically active zones in the world? THINK A LITTLE.
Anamouse

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Aug 21, 2009
 
Brigham Yen wrote:
Biggest fallacy anti-transit/anti-environmenta l persons love to bring up is "earthquakes." First of all, doing a little research shows that subways in MORE seismically active zones like Japan, Taiwan, China, Mexico City all have subways that are actually the least damaged after an earthquake. C'mon, you people who all live in LA can't be that ignorant! Have you seen how extensive the subway system is in Tokyo? One of the most seismically active zones in the world? THINK A LITTLE.
I guess we'll see. Those subways in other places are well built but they still completely shut down each time somethig big happens and don't reopen until their fixed and safe.

1994 destroyed many of our bridges and the only way we got around was by driving around them. That took hours every day for the best part of a year, and that was all above ground.
blackbox

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Aug 21, 2009
 
Get the metro to go all the way to LAX, and stop screwing around!

Since: Oct 08

West Hills, CA

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#11
Aug 21, 2009
 
Subway to the sea is dumb, few people would use it, not build a light rail like straight to LAX which would get used and be a huge benefit.
bout time

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#12
Aug 21, 2009
 
Should have started this 20 years ago. Sorely needed. Any NIMBYs that stand in the way should be given a one way ticket out of town.
GLAD IT AINT MY MONEY

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Aug 21, 2009
 
bout time wrote:
Should have started this 20 years ago. Sorely needed. Any NIMBYs that stand in the way should be given a one way ticket out of town.
AGREED
Shawn H

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#14
Aug 21, 2009
 
If Metro can ever get the Green Line extension to LAX built, why not extend it northward, perhaps with a direct connection to either one of the proposed Purple Line or Expo Line extensions to Santa Monica. You'll have Westchester, Playa Vista, Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Venice Beach, Santa Monica covered.
Stephen

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Aug 21, 2009
 
Anamouse wrote:
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I guess we'll see. Those subways in other places are well built but they still completely shut down each time somethig big happens and don't reopen until their fixed and safe.
1994 destroyed many of our bridges and the only way we got around was by driving around them. That took hours every day for the best part of a year, and that was all above ground.
When the 6.9 Loma Prieta quake hit the Bay Area twenty years ago, roads were damaged everywhere, the Bay Bridge top deck collapsed onto the bottom, and multiple roadways ended up being demolished. And what was the only link between SF and the East Bay? BART. Undamaged, up and running after a quick inspection. Ridership increased to 310,000 riders after that earthquake.
Jacques

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Aug 21, 2009
 
Next project will be LA Downtown to LAX That will be nice...5 minutes ride.
Murray

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Aug 21, 2009
 
My God, people. We have do EVERYTHING to get people out of their cars in Los Angeles. There must be more subway lines built. Just because you don't live right near it - quit complaining - you are benefitting from any project which will take more cars and commuters off the roads. It's this thing called AIR. Remember that - so Congratulations to this movement forward and will be riding the new extension and well as continuing to ride Metro ALL THE TIME.
Dana Gabbard

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#18
Aug 21, 2009
 
Supervisor Antonovich as usual trots out tired parochial arguments. By the same logic the FoothillExtebnsuion of the Gold Line in his district shouldn't be built as its ridership would be almost nil.

BTW, analysis shows the region to get the second largest benefit from the Purple Line extension after the westside itself would be... the San Gabriel Valley.

We have the local match, the federal funding process is slowly being worked through. This project is real and will happen@!
Jacques

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#19
Aug 21, 2009
 
......I taught The City of L.A was broke ! Where this money coming from?
Cryogenics

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Aug 21, 2009
 
Jacques wrote:
Yes,instead of drivind,pull up with the trafic; that's a great idea.
Yesterday, I never answer the question : are you planning to live till 78?
Yes, if no body kill me !
I plan to be thawed out on grand opening day.

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