Petition Target: Mayor Villaraigosa and the MTA Board
While Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been a strong proponent of mass transit and a subway under Wilshire Blvd. (the “Subway to the Sea”) progress is still not being made quickly enough.
A report released this week ranked Los Angeles as having the third worst traffic congestion in the United States, behind Chicago and Washington D.C. Researchers noted that the third place finish was somewhat deceptive since Los Angeles has been hit harder by the recession. It is feared that as the regional economy rebounds, LA will once again reclaim its number one ranking for traffic congestion.
Once built, the Subway to the Sea would run underneath Wilshire Blvd. from downtown LA to Santa Monica, or possibly UCLA. Every day nearly 300,000 people commute to the Westside for work. Getting these commuters off the roads and on to the rails is one of the Subway to the Sea’s biggest goals.
Although Mayor Villaraigosa has exhibited admirable creativity and drive in trying to fund the project with a local ballot measure and federal assistance, the estimated timeline still has the project not being completed until 2022 or 2024.
To support efforts to build the Subway to the Sea more quickly, sign the petition below.
Dear Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the MTA Board,
While building a new subway is no easy task, the size and urgency of the traffic problem in Los Angeles requires extreme measures. The passage of Measure R and the Mayor’s efforts to secure federal funding have proven valuable. However, there is no time to let up from this effort.
I strongly request that you take all available funds and tools at your disposal to build the Subway to the Sea. The Subway to the Sea will not only mitigate the horrific traffic situation, but it will also promote increased economic activities and civic participation. Please, build the subway now!
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