Babara Boxer on LA traffic

“A recently released study shows that residents of Los Angeles experience the worst traffic in the nation. The only surprising fact from this study is that the average resident spends only 72 extra hours stuck in rush-hour traffic. For most, the delays seem much longer.” Email from the fabulous Barbara Boxer, September 25, 2007 The rest of it is behind the jump below.

When I looked at a summary of this study, it looked to me like people where spending four or more hours a day commuting because they couldn’t afford a McMansion in LA, so they bought one 80 or so miles outside of LA. So I’m not sure how more metros through and out of the urban core is going to help, except help people who don’t have cars, which is a very noble idea and not very popular in the autopolis, where most people don’t like spending money on anyone but themselves.

But maybe Senator Boxer is seeing something I’m not. Or maybe this is a clever way to help carless workers, students, etc. by disguising it as helping commuter-trons.

So probably, yes! More metros are the the solution! At the moment I’m not affected by any of this because I live less than a mile from my job and, although I still drive too much (meaning any driving [I hate to drive]), I liike it that way.

“The study, released by the Texas Transportation Institute, reviewed nationwide transportation data from 2005. On a national basis, traffic congestion results in a total of 4.2 billion stuck in traffic, roughly equal to 105 million weeks of vacation, and the use of an additional 2.9 billion gallons of fuel at a cost of $78 billion.

“This study of urban mobility also concludes that there is no one magic solution to America’s congestion problems. However, as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, I am working every day to find solutions to our nation’s transportation woes.

“One of the ways to help ease Los Angeles’ traffic congestion is to make alternatives to single car travel more feasible. To do so, people need to be able to get to work, school, and home easily and quickly, without ever starting their cars. And progress is being made in Los Angeles.

“Every year, more public transit lines are either operating or under construction in Los Angeles, which means that more residents of Los Angeles will have the option of using public transit. The Gold Line East Side Extension will bring service to East Los Angeles. I secured a federal appropriation of $70 million in the Senate funding bill to help this construction effort. The Expo Line construction that is now underway will extend service from USC and the Crenshaw area to Culver City. And in the long term, I am very excited that it may be possible to extend the Red Line from Union Station, along Wilshire Boulevard, all the way to the ocean. Think of the cars that will be taken off the freeways when all of these projects are complete.

“Public transit projects are just one solution to Los Angeles’s and our nation’s traffic congestion problems. One of my top priorities is to keep finding solutions and keep pursuing ways to get all Americans to work and home to their families as quickly, efficiently and cheaply as possible.”

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