Your editorial (Sept. 11), “Metro Rail’s New Danger,” in support of the L.A. Metro Rail, was misguided because the Metro Rail is a lemon for taxpayers.
The Metro Rail is essentially designed to serve San Fernando Valley commuters who are in general financially capable of owning cars. Because cars can take people right to the doorstep of their destination and because they have trunk space for groceries, commuters are unlikely to abandon their cars for the Metro Rail. This has been proven true in Washington, Atlanta, Baltimore and San Francisco.
Taxpayers can ill afford an expensive rail system designed to serve those who need it least. A more sensible policy would be to improve bus transportation in and near the city center, close to low-income earners who heavily depend on public transit for work trips.
DAVID T. LEUNG