Re "New 101-405 ramp could cut traffic -- and wildlife," May 26
Caltrans' choices for easing traffic congestion at the 101-405 interchange are shortsighted, relying on immediate fixes for long-term problems. Creating more freeway lanes for cars only makes it easier to use automobiles now, leading to more congestion in the future. It is a plan that has repeatedly failed all over the Los Angeles region.
Trains and busways built above the freeways, coordinated with ground transportation and free, accessible parking lots, are the long-term solution.
Building a freeway ramp through the middle of the Getty Center or the Los Angeles County Museum of Art would be laughable, yet building in an outdoor "museum" like the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is somehow OK? Our open spaces are just as important as our other cultural treasures and should be treated as such.
Douglas E. Welch