Saturday, May 21, 2016

SANTA MONICA TRAINS ARE FINALLY RUNNING ---AND THEY COULD BE BOTH A BOON TO MOTORISTS AND BRING MISERY TO RESIDENTS

  A weekend of speeches, parties and celebrations heralded the opening of the Expo rail line and the first trains from Santa Monica to Downtown L.A and back since the Pacific Electric Red Car trolley closed down 63 years ago.
   And yes it's an occasion worth celebrating. But lost in all the hype and happiness are a few cold facts:
  . It has been hyped by Expo officials that the train will take 46 minutes from Santa Monica's 4th Street station to Los Angeles. In fact it takes upwards of 55 minutes.
on board the first train
   .There are no restrooms at any station on the route. Temporary toilets installed at the Santa Monica station for the weekend's celebrations were filthy and a card on  the door indicated they had last been cleaned on May 8.
   Only three of the seven new stations along the line have parking spaces and accommodate only a few cars.  
    So while it will be a boon to people who at the moment have to use the traffic-clogged 10 Freeway and make it much easier to visit popular spots like the Staples Center, Science and Natural History Museums and Colosseum, it will also bring thousands of people into already overcrowded Santa Monica.
   An indication of what lies ahead was the train I took back from L.A to Santa Monica---packed with passengers, standing room only, more people squeezing on at every stop and nearly all of them bound

for the beach and Pier.
    It could mean a bonanza summer for local businesses but misery for residents. Only time will tell. 
  


1 comment:

  1. Looking puzzled on board the first train.

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