When it comes to mass transit, the common narrative holds that the Bay Area has built a sleek, efficient commuter rail network while car-loving Los Angeles remains something of a primitive backwater.
But that perception is increasingly not the reality, as choices voters face in the November election make clear.
The Bay Area’s dominant rail systems — BART and Caltrain — are bursting at the seams as ridership is rapidly overwhelming the services. BART and Caltrain cars, along with San Francisco’s Muni trains, are filled to capacity at rush hour, and riders are clamoring for more trains and new routes.
BART’s 44-year-old electric...