Monday, July 13, 2009

Nonprofit group unveils streetcar routes for LA

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Conceptual route alternatives for a streetcar operation in downtown Los Angeles have been released by Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc. (LASI), a nonprofit group charged with giving the City of Angels a streetcar by 2014. The routes all serve three distinct areas.

"Part of the logic behind defining this Core ServiceArea was to transport people to/from areas they want to get to today, like the LA Live/Staples/Convention area and Bunker Hill/Civic Center, but also route them through the locations they might not have known about or seen previously, like a Broadway corridor or Pico Blvd," said Executive Director Dennis Allen.

"This is all part of the two-pronged approach that streetcar systems need to take, as a local circulator and transportation solution, and as one of the best economic development tools to surface in recent times," Allen said.

The plan utilizes north and south tracks running on separate streets for some portions of the route(s), and “mini routes” such as a South Park loop.

LASI will hold a community open house at the Bradbury Building on July 29 for public input.