Death, taxes and traffic


L.A. County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently decided on a novel approach to mitigating the area’s notorious traffic congestion: charging drivers to use some carpool lanes. Is this fair? Does it signal a new era in transportation and growth planning in L.A.? And where’s that “subway to the sea”? All week, the Transit Coalition’s Bart Reed and USC Professor Peter Gordon debate traffic, growth and transit in Los Angeles.

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    Where does the future of L.A. transportation lie -- light rail, subway, more freeways, smart growth, toll roads or something else? Peter Gordon and Bart Reed debate.

    May 2, 2008

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    Citing mainly additional freeway congestion, the L.A. City Council recently blocked the construction of the massive Las Lomas housing development near Interstate 5. Does this signal a change in the way city planners and leaders evaluate sprawl and its impact on traffic? Bart Reed and Peter Gordon debate.

    May 1, 2008

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    Could congestion pricing take hold in Los Angeles similar to the way it has in London? What areas here could be targeted for congestion pricing? Peter Gordon and Bart Reed debate.

    April 30, 2008

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    Are we ever getting a ‘subway to the sea’? Why does it seem insurmountably difficult to build a decent rail network for Los Angeles? Bart Reed and Peter Gordon debate.

    April 29, 2008

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    The MTA decided recently to charge motorists tolls to drive in some carpool lanes. Is it fair to charge drivers to use taxpayer-funded roads? How will this affect (if at all) freeway transportation in Los Angeles? USC professor Peter Gordon and the Transit Coalition’s Bart Reed debate.

    April 28, 2008