Ahead of their symposium “Are Trains the Future of L.A.?”, Zocalo Public Square gathered the opinion of a number of transit experts about where trains fit into LA’s transit future. LA as experienced a great increase in the number of rail projects in the past 10 years – from the Expo line to and Gold Line Purple extensions.
The experts conclude that rail transit might never become the main mode of transportation, but it can have many other benefits beyond reducing congestion. Rail can provide economic opportunity, determine where housing and jobs are created, and provide a great sense of community. A key will be to integrate the rail lines into other modes of transportation, including other forms public transit, walking, biking and even riding sharing services like Uber.
Not everyone will choose to ride a train, even if the stop is right outside of their front door. The key is providing a lot of transportation modes so that people can make choices. Many will still choose to drive. That’s OK too.
Trains Are Not the Silver Bullet – Zocalo Public Square