Editorial: Whittier needs a Gold Line to call its own (SGV Tribune)
The lede to the editorial about the Eastside Gold Line Extension project is buried in the second-to-last paragraph:
But if the question is which one should be built first, we come down on the side of a Whittier line taking priority. It’s always been as tough a call for us as it is for Metro, as we have readers — constituents — in both areas. But what tips us to Whittier is that the cities along the 10 have both that freeway and its efficient express bus routes; Whittier remains one of the most isolated areas, transit-wise, in the county, and its trains would carry thousands of more riders every day.
Plus to get to South El Monte, “We have to address comments from EPA, Caltrans, Edison and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers” because of a Superfund site, power lines and Whittier Narrows, the project manager says. “If we don’t get them to approve it, there is no path forward to get this built.”
At this time, Metro is studying two main alternatives: extending the line to South El Monte or Whittier. The Whittier alternative currently includes three different possible routes to get tracks to Washington Boulevard. Under Measure R, the project is slated to be completed in the mid-2030s.
The potential ballot measure being studied by Metro doesn’t change that. The Metro Board would eventually have to choose between South El Monte and Whittier. The difference is that if the Metro Board asks voters to consider a 50-year half-cent sales tax increase, there could be funds to build the other alignment in the 2050s.
Metro just wrapped up community meetings this past week on the project. Going forward, work on the environmental and technical studies for the projects will continue.
The new Metrolink app — how to buy tickets on your smartphone (Metrolink)
It’s only $35,000 and a car for the masses, says the NYT. Ahem. The electric car can run up to 215 miles on a single charge and Tesla has been building charging stations across the nation. More than 100,000 deposits have been put down on the car, so says Tesla.
The car is out of my price range (I’m planning on keeping my 2007 Subaru until it wheels the bucket). But it’s impressive to see how many charging stations that Tesla has built across the country — if you stick to the main roads, you can take an electric car on a pretty decent national park tour around the West and rightfully thumb your nose at gas-guzzling RVs! Elon Musk doesn’t sit around and wait for government to build infrastructure.
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