It’s time to retire the old adage that Los Angeles has a love affair with cars. That vision of L.A. is so tired. Really, how could anyone maintain a fondness for driving after experiencing rush hour on the 101, 405 or 10 freeways? Or getting stuck in a traffic jam on a weekend? Or paying $4.30 a gallon for gas or $10 for parking?
So, it's a bit frustrating to hear California's senior senator question whether Angelenos will actually use public transit.
"I'll believe that when I see it," the senator said, "because there is this kind of glue connected to a car and the bodies of Angelenos -- they love their cars."
A Feinstein spokesman said later that the senator was joking and noted that she had clearly added that she hoped the subway extension would get people out of their cars.
Still, the canard about Angelenos and their cars persists. Anyone who spends time at L.A.'s subway and light-rail stations, or on its buses, will see a lot of people who have unglued themselves from their cars. In fact, Metro already has about 1.5 million boardings on buses and trains on a weekday. Ridership has exceeded projections on new routes, such as the Orange Line busway across the San Fernando Valley and the Expo light-rail line from downtown to Culver City.