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Why a car-centric transportation plan is folly for L.A.

Why a car-centric transportation plan is folly for L.A.

The knock on L.A.'s Mobility Plan 2035 is that it will slow down traffic. After the City Council approved the blueprint, the community group Fix the City wrote that "MP2035 is not a mobility plan, it is a plan designed to create immobility." It has a point. The city wants to redesign several thoroughfares to accommodate bikes and buses. As a result, grades for some streets' "level of service" — the flow of automobile traffic — are likely to fall. Here's the thing: Mobility, in the form of faster vehicle operating speed, isn't the key to a superior transportation system. After more than 40 years as a transportation engineer, I'm...

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