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UCLA Bruins Want Their Wilshire Subway

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A group of UCLA students, under the auspices of Bruins for Traffic Relief, hit the streets last Friday to garner support for Measure R, the countywide ballot initiative that would raise the sales tax a half-cent in order to raise an estimated $40 billion for transit over the next 30 years. "As the largest trip-attractor on the Westside, with a daytime population of 55,000, UCLA stands to greatly benefit from new transportation options on the Westside," e-mails Juan Matute, an urban planning student and director of the UCLA Sustainable Resource Center.

55,000 daytime population? So yes, a subway would be nice and probably the smart thing to do, they say. And hey, how about a Valley-Westwood rapid transit option that can scoot along faster than the Rapid 761? They would like that too. If you agree with them, the group will once again be out on Wilshire in Westwood today from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Additionally, the UCLA Graduate Students Association, representing the 11,548-member Graduate Student body, passed a resolution in support of Measure R earlier this week.