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"19 minutes to drive just one mile of Wilshire..."
Selected quotes from another Wilshire gridlocked story in the LA Times ("Signal fixes get the green light" by Ron Gong-Lin II):
Last month, [Councilman Jack] Weiss asked the city Department of Transportation for its master plan and list of top needs, and found out there were none. "It's municipal malpractice," Weiss said. "We have a strategic plan for other important aspects for our city, but the one most vexing issue, traffic. . . there's no vision statement."
MTA research shows that it can take as long as 19 minutes to drive just one mile of Wilshire near the San Diego Freeway during evening rush hour. MTA analysis has identified numerous Westside intersections where traffic is worsening. Among those at the top of the list: Venice Boulevard and Overland Avenue, Sunset Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, and Sunset Boulevard and Chautauqua Boulevard, where traffic has increased 38% since 1999.
Will rush hour bus only lanes on Wilshire Blvd help? Apparently not if you earn a handsome salary.
"You can't take a third of the drivable lanes from people who are already stuck in traffic for 45 minutes," said Jay Handal, chairman of the Greater West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce board. "Take a guy who earns a half-million dollars a year. He's going to drive to a parking lot and get on a bus? I don't think so."
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