Can Los Angeles Reinvent Itself Around Rail?

New op-ed explains key challenges and opportunities

Blue vintage carA city famous for its car culture now has three new rail transit projects under construction.  Can Los Angeles reinvent itself around rail-oriented development?

Passenger vehicle transportation plays a major role in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. But building more rail, alone, is not enough to get folks off the road and onto public transit. Unfortunately, “if you build it, they will come” does not apply to transit. Rail needs a healthy ridership in order to thrive.
My colleague Ethan Elkind authored a nice op-ed in the LA Times yesterday explaining how Los Angeles can shift from a car-oriented to a transit-oriented culture, and detailing some key steps that it must take to achieve this.
Promoting more smart growth and infill development, especially in ways that reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT), is critical to reducing the passenger vehicle-related emissions that contribute to air pollution and climate change.

, , , , ,

Reader Comments

About Jayni

Jayni Foley Hein is executive director of UC Berkeley School of Law's Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE). She works with diverse stakeholders in academia…

READ more