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#21 Aug 21, 2009
Whereas I understand your concern (who would want earthquakes!), I think bringing up "earthquakes" as an excuse is pretty lame.
Earthquakes can damage Anything, not just subway!
(it's same as saying: "Los Angeles is a seismic city, so let's not build any highways and bridges!")
the good news keep on coming. ;-)
Remember the 1994 Northridge quake? Well, the damage to the 10 Fwy (at Fairfax) was devastating,
the 4-station Red line (yes, we did have a small subway mini-line running then) had BARELY had damage, and was reopened for use shortly!
So... a subway in a seismic zone is safer than we may think.
In any case, NOT building the subway will bring us back to square one: continuing to be stuck in gridlocks, wasting hours & hours of time, tons of lost nerves, and impaired mobility. And no solution.
Let's build the long-overdue subway, and let's build it now!
#22 Aug 21, 2009
The Red Line through downtown was open during the Northridge Earthquake. No damage. The 10, however, fell apart.
#23 Aug 22, 2009
That's because if some of you anti-transit folks do some thinking pertaining to earthquakes and subways, you may realize that earthquake energy waves have a different effect underground than what happens at or above ground. Think about it. The concept it similar to a storm at sea. If you're in a boat and the waves are violent, the boat (like buildings/freeway overpasses) will be shook asunder. But if you were beneath the waves, it would actually be relatively calm, much like the subway is underground.
#24 Aug 22, 2009
a santa monica blvd route hitting the west hollywood stops also should hit santa monica /vine, SM/western, western/melrose, western/beverly, western/3rd, normandie/3rd, vermont/3rd.
#25 Aug 24, 2009
Why the bias against a cheaper elevated structure. BART is on stilts all over the suburbs.
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