Letter to the editor, Daily News, March 3, 2006

George Timko (Your Opinions, Feb. 24) apparently believes that extending the Metro Red Line down Wilshire Boulevard to Santa Monica is not a "quality of life" issue. I disagree. In Los Angeles, mobility is a crucial aspect of daily life, and increasing traffic congestion has a negative effect on the quality of life in the region.

Mayor Villaraigosa recognizes this and has begun the process for a subway extension, so that it can be completed before traffic on Wilshire Boulevard hopelessly gridlocks ... and, more importantly, before it also sends parallel arterials Pico and Olympic Boulevards and Sixth Street into permanent gridlock as well from the overflow traffic.

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