Letter to the editor, Daily News, September 18, 2008
(Written, in my capacity as Southern California Transit Advocates' Public and Legislative Affairs Director, as a rebuttal to an earlier letter in the Daily News questioning why none of Metro's public input meetings on the Wilshire subway extension were held in the San Fernando Valley.)
There is a perfectly legitimate reason why all of the public meetings on the proposed subway extension took place on the Westside.
In order for the extension to eventually qualify for federal funds, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had to designate a study area. In this case, it is a 35-square-mile area between Hollywood and the Pacific Ocean, from the base of the Santa Monica Mountains to Pico Boulevard. And then it must conduct all of the alternatives analysis meetings within the study area.
Many who live outside the designated area may not believe that is fair or logical, but holding public meetings elsewhere than the Westside would lessen the chance that the subway extension will get built in our lifetimes.