Thursday, October 08, 2015

California's war on drivers

By Charles Crumpley
October 5, 2015
Los Angeles Business Journal

Just in case you had any doubt, it’s now clear that California’s war on drivers has escalated.

Three weeks ago, for example, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed all motorists to use the carpool lane on two L.A. freeways during off-peak times. That may have seemed to you like an easy, no-cost way to relieve traffic congestion, but not to the governor. Brown shot it down, he said, because he believes carpool lanes are necessary “to reduce pollution and maximize the use of freeways.” Yeah, right; those miles-long lines of idling cars next to an open carpool lane at 8 p.m. sure help to reduce pollution.

But there are other examples of how our elected leaders lately have declared a surge in the longstanding war against motorists.

As you can see in the article on page 1 of this issue, Santa Monica is considering moves aimed at curtailing cars there. And here’s the biggest example: The city of Los Angeles a couple of months ago decided to push ahead with a 20-year plan that---in this city known for traffic jams---calls for taking away what was described as “hundreds of miles” of lanes now dedicated to cars so that there’d be more room for buses, bicycles and pedestrians. City leaders are calling it Mobility Plan 2035 apparently without any awareness of the irony.

One bureaucrat actually pooh-poohed the suggestion that reducing car lanes increases congestion. She was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying: “Slower traffic can actually in some ways accommodate more cars moving through an area.”

If that’s the case, cars should be moving unfettered all over Los Angeles this very minute.

We’ve known there’s been a long-term war on drivers. Just look at how state and local governments have ignored street and bridge repairs. For years.

The group called TRIP reported in July that California had the worst road conditions in the country. San Francisco was the worst city in the country with Los Angeles a close second. Syria probably has fewer potholes. A different group said bridges statewide are similarly decrepit; the 10 freeway bridge near the Arizona border collapsed this summer.

Add it all up, and well more than $100 billion worth of repairs and rebuilding are needed, yet the state budget included no new money for it. Having diverted tax money that should have gone to road and bridge repairs all along, the state is now talking about imposing new taxes, if you demanding taxpayers actually expect bridges not to collapse and roads not to break your axle every other week...

Thanks to LA Streetsblog

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At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not paste the entire article rather than just 2/3rds of it?

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Why not just click on the link I provided if you want to read the rest?

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not just click on the link I provided if you want to read the rest?

Rob, when you link to an external site, you leave your readers vulnerable to all kinds of viruses and security problems. There have been documented cases of people clicking on links and unwittingly having their entire savings transferred to the San Francisco Bike Coalition or one of its front groups. To avoid this risk, it's much better just to paste the entire content of articles, no matter how long they are.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Bullshit. Paste your lips to my ass.


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