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Orange Line Wrangle Continues

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The battle over the Orange Line continues unabated, as Valley NIMBY's have now accused the MTA of cooking the numbers in their court-ordered EIR on potential Orange Line alternatives.

The study, which Citzens Organized for Smart Transit (COST) forced upon the MTA after getting a sympathetic judge to block construction on the nearly completed line last summer, unsurprisingly (and to the great chagrin of NIMBY's) shows the Orange Line to be a more effective cross-Valley transit mode than a system of Rapid Buses.

Of course, the most effective cross-Valley would be a Red Line extension or light rail line, two alternatives that have been killed most sincerely dead by neighborhood activists like COST. These groups claim to want only efficient, cost-effective transit (and who amongst us does not?), but the reality seems to be that they are opposed to any fixed transit line.

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By continually moving the bar, by incessantly throwing up roadblocks, by constantly producing more hoops that the MTA must jump through at greater and greater cost to taxpayers, COST have once again revealed themselves to be obstructionists, pure and simple.

More transit notes:

• The Daily News reports that The Transit Coalition is:

"...[P]ressing the MTA to build an underground connection from the Orange Line's North Hollywood terminus on the west side of Lankershim Boulevard with the subway on the east side of the street so riders don't have to cross the boulevard."

• Westsiders who would like to comment on the proposed New West Los Angeles Transportation Center will now have until December 21 to do so (to view the EIR, click here). The site will service up to 175 CNG MTA busses, yet the MTA claims that there will be no negative traffic impact on the area.