8 Ways Public Comment Has Changed the Planning of the Westside Subway Extension
Throughout the last couple of years, Metro has taken the Westside Subway Extension to the public over and over and over again. Last week was the beginning of the latest round of community meetings where residents can get the latest and greatest (you can read LAist's reporting of the new data here) and have the opportunity to voice their opinions on the record. Those meetings continue through July 1st.
Although much of the public scoping is nearing the end -- Metro staff will soon be making recommendations -- it's a good time to look back and see how the public influenced the process. Some of the public's ideas are likely to become a reality while others, although thoroughly vetted, won't make the cut.
1. The Century City Station: Metro staff originally proposed a station at Santa Monica Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars, but public comment swayed toward moving it two-tenths of a mile southward to Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Boulevard, which would be more central to Century City. Upon study, Metro staff found, lo and behold, the suggested station actually would increase ridership enough to improve the overall cost effectiveness of the subway route. Like everything on this list, nothing is set in stone yet, but the public's suggested station location stands a good chance to make the cut.