Today in Los Angeles, we have a new transportation landscape in front of us. Not only did Proposition 1A pass, giving us the go-ahead to get high-speed rail in the state, but Measure R passed by its two-thirds required margin - 67.4% - thus approving the half-cent sales tax increase for the next 30 years to pay for mass transit and road improvements.
Those of us who live without a car in Los Angeles are probably very encouraged by this news, and I know I voted for both initiatives to pass. But is it too little, too late? I'm glad that people who live here have finally come to the realization that the city absolutely needs more public transportation to function, but most other American cities grew up with their public transportation systems in place. Granted, LA is not like most other American cities ... it did not follow a traditional development pattern and its footprint dwarfs most other metropolises (metropoli?). So any additional transportation infrastructure is destined to be a development challenge. But I am glad that we have a plan now ... and if we can make it work with the new limitations that this murky economy presents us, then Los Angeles will truly become a city of the 21st century.