Voting is still open in our latest unscientific poll on issues along the Westside Subway Extension. Here’s more background on the issue.
After six days of voting, the results so far are at right. The Wilshire & Westwood location has received a slim majority of votes, meaning almost half of the voters think the station should be somewhere else. Lot 36 — one of two locations that subway planners are seriously considering for the station — is trailing decisively.
For those still voting, a technical note: after checking the results this morning — reflected on the screen grab at right — I accidentally hit the vote reset button. So any votes coming in this week will be added to the vote totals generated above. Please do not vote if you already have.
After the jump, a few reader comments.
Are you familiar with the Metromover used in downtown Miami? While a red line subway station could be located at the Westwood/Wilshire intersection, a local Metromover could then be used to move people through Westwood Village into the UCLA Medical Center and main campus (up to Ackerman). It would seem to make sense to look at some of the good ideas put to use in other cities.
It should be in the village itself, for convenience and greater urban vibrance.
As a UCLA student, I have a keen perspective, if not only from sheer pedestrian utility, of flaws with a station at the corner of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards. This is a seemingly attractive option because it is at the heart of two main roads…however, there is very little room at this intersection for pedestrian accessible infrastructure, such as a bold entryway, food/magazine vendors, bike parking et al. One would have to work very closely with the skyscraper-office complexes to build further on this exceedingly built-up corner.