This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for!
Tomorrow will be an exciting day for Angelenos as LA’s newest rail line, the Expo Line, begins service from Downtown LA to La Cienega (along Exposition Blvd) with eventual service to Culver City by mid-summer.
The new rail line allows those who do not want to drive (and obviously those who do not have cars at all) to access some of LA’s most significant cultural and educational destinations, car-free, including USC and Expo Park, which includes the newly renovated Natural History Museum as well as the newly expanded California Science Center (to permanently exhibit the coveted Space Shuttle Endeavor).
It bears repeating that investing billions into rail lines to any city is not meant to relieve automobile congestion, but to provide an effective alternative for those who either do not want to drive or do not have cars. Basically, it’s about encouraging a walking lifestyle, not just making it easier for drivers to zip around town.
Most cities that have fantastic rail systems still have notoriously bad traffic. Think New York, Tokyo, or London. LA will be no different from those cities. As our rail network continues to expand, auto congestion will still be there but those who choose not to drive will now have the ability to get around with ease, forgetting about the other world of drivers stuck in traffic. Think about it: Do you really care about traffic if you’re walking in Manhattan and you’re not a driver?