Prompted by the opening this month of the Gold Line extension from Pasadena to Azusa, Ethan N. Elkind (UCLA School of Law and UC Berkeley School of Law) reflects on the political motivations behind mass transit in the greater L.A. area. Ultimately, Elkind concludes that “going forward, Metro should be more willing to reject inefficient rail proposals in favor of more cost-effective options” so as to maximize the efficacy of the public transit systems in which we invest our resources.
Source: Op-Ed: How politics built L.A.’s Gold Line at the expense of a smarter system LA Times, 14 March 2016
Additional coverage about the Gold Line extension:
Cities hope Gold Line extension is a ticket to growth LA Times, 9 March 2016