Exposition Metro Line
I think there are very few things that Los Angelenos across the city dream of more than quick and reliable public transportation (except, maybe, for everyone else to stop smugly reminding us that we don't have one. We know it already, no need to rub it in our face.)
We're a driving city. I get it. I know we have a decades-long history of swagged-out status symbol cars. I know that our 'blocks' are long, our crosswalks wide, and our drivers hazardous. I get that. Even though I have a bike and live in a college neighborhood, too often I find myself reaching for my car keys when I need to make a trip to the grocery store or visit a friend.
But I feel a surge of guilt when I take my car to places that could be reached by bike or on foot, or when I go for drives up the PCH (which is one of my favorite drives, in the world. It's my go-to de-stress activity during midterms.) And, man, I definitely feel the frustration when I'm visiting friends in other parts of town (is it me, or is every street in Los Angeles being converted into a two-hour parking only lane?) or when I'm dying a slow and painful death on the 405 at 5 PM.
So, how great will it be when the Exposition Metro Line is finished? I know it is years until completion, but I am so excited that a rail project is heading west. The project plans to bridge the east side and west side, with connecting stations from Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica, by 2015. Even typing those words, I'm short of breath with excitement.
I can only imagine what parking enforcement will do their sudden loss of revenue. Or, rather, what I'm going to do with all the money that usually goes to paying off their tickets.
You can read the project overview here.