Thank You for what? Not rioting? Not descending into complete and utter mayhem? Discovering that we can actually enjoy a peaceful weekend at home or nearby?
With all the hype and drama surrounding Carmaggedon, it was difficult not to compare it to Y2K. There were peaceful protests, most notably by RailLA, our local high-speed rail advocacy group. RailLA exercised their right to free speech by enlisting volunteers to hold their “LA Beyond Cars” banner aloft at a busy intersection near the 405. What’s truly appalling is that for $1billion all we’re getting is a few more miles of carpool lane along the 405. Instead, we could have spent that money on a metro line along the 405, which would be much more likely to get people to LAX on time than any other improvement. LAX is the most popular destination on the 405, which carries roughly 500,000 cars each weekend.