LA Wins 4 of 12 Worst Bottlenecks in the US
With one-third of the worst freeway junctions in this land o' freedom according to Forbes Magazine, somehow, this city still runs. It must be due to the fact that Los Angeles is economically successful: that is, if we go by the theory of economist Anthony Downs who said in the Washington Post that more economic activity equals more cars and more driving. He continues to say that "congestion will remain a fact of life for most Americans."
Unfortunately, Forbes does not mention a lick about public transportation or even question it. Questions we would like to know answers to are what kind of effects will the completion of the Expo and Purple lines have on congestion (if that happens)? Why is there about zero talk of any public transportation over the Sepulveda Pass along the 405? And is congestion pricing the answer?
Perhaps the most poignant question raised in the article was by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters: "[The National Strategy to Reduce Congestion on America's Transportation Network] supports leaders with the wisdom and courage to develop plans that will cut traffic now, not years from now." Has Los Angeles' representatives done anything significant to help it right now? And we're talking about action said today, done tomorrow (not the 3 years of construction brand of "now").
Little things have been done seemingly quite fast: like Wendy Greuel's ban on street construction during rush hour or the Mayor's Tiger Gridlock Team. But those solutions are small-scale. We're looking for someone with big cajones. Someone who is going to be bold enough to have a crazy and great idea that will be controversial, yet bring a working solution to the table (Zev's Pico/Olympic plan perhaps? At least it got people talking). And maybe that person is not a politician, and someone like Eli Broad who should donate his money to traffic problems instead of the arts -- after all, traffic is one of the many reasons many people do not engage in arts patronage.
Whatever the outcome of our standstill will be, with comments like "expect things to get worse before they get better" and "America's heart of traffic pain" in regards to LA, Forbes seems to think our town is hell.
Find LA's 4 bottlenecks, including the complete list after the jump...