Monday, January 31, 2011

City Councilmember Abbe Land responds to West Hollywood Public Transit Questionnaire

Here is West Hollywood City Councilmember Abbe Land's reply to our Public Transit Questionnaire. (We thank her and all the candidates who take time out of their busy schedules to address these issues:

1) Do you support continuing efforts to bring Metrorail to West
Hollywood, and if so, with what alignment?

Yes, any alignment that allows West Hollywood to connect to other lines
and provides our residents an easy way to get downtown and further
west. This would also ease traffic by making it easier for people who
work in West Hollywood to get here from other locations.

(2) Do you support extending the proposed Crenshaw/LAX light rail
line up San Vicente and then on Santa Monica Blvd. to the Red Line in
Hollywood? (Note:This could potentially be a light-rail subway and would provide West
Hollywood with a one-seat ride to LAX.)

Yes, absolutely.

3) As modern streetcars are coming to downtown Los Angeles by 2015,
would you support bringing modern streetcars to West Hollywood on Santa
Monica Blvd, Sunset Blvd. and/or San Vicente Blvd?

I support exploring all options that help connect West Hollywood with
other transit options, and that encourage people to use public transit
I would like to explore the modern streetcar for use on Sunset
Boulevard as well so we can determine best way to align with existing
options and maximize ridership.

(4) Do you support transit-only lanes on Santa Monica Blvd.?

I would want to see and understand the impact as we balance pedestrian
use and bike use for Santa Monica Boulevard.

(5) What are your proposals for improving bus service in West
Hollywood, including Metro, DASH and West Hollywood's City Line?

That we all continue to work together to ensure connectivity, as well
as potentially add lines to best accommodate where people really need to

(6) What is your platform for bicycles in West Hollywood?

I was proud to initiate and co-sponsor the creation of our Bicycle Task
Force in West Hollywood. This is a group of people with varying fields
of expertise related to transportation, bicycling, urban planning and
public safety. I am looking forward to the results of their work, to
seeing what their recommendations to the City Council will be and how
we can best try to implement those. I would really like to see
bicycling become a more viable means of transportation (as well as
recreation) in our city and our region.

(7) What is your platform for pedestrians in West Hollywood?

The city undertook the renovations of Santa Monica and Sunset
Boulevards to improve pedestrian activity and ambiance, and I think the
quality and impact of that work is clear. Our General Plan that is
currently being updated will add more language about the need to
enhance and maintain a pedestrian modality for West Hollywood.

I am a supporter of mixed use, as part of an overall effort to get more
folks to enhance quality of life and give our residents and those who
work here real and safe options to enjoy their neighborhoods and our
iconic boulevards without having to drive/park their cars.

(8) Have you read Donald Shoup's, "The High Cost of Free Parking", and
what do you think about it?

I have not read his book, but if his philosophy is about looking at the
true impact of free parking -- i.e., more cars, higher cost to build
housing, less turnover for merchants -- then I share some of his concerns.

(9) How would you pursue additional funding for public transit in West

West Hollywood voters overwhelming supported Measure R, which is
intended to fund public transit. I would like to look at
developer exaction fees and once we know there is a
feasible option (like light rail), I would be willing to talk with the
community about extra revenue options as well.

(10) What else is in your public transit platform that would you like
the voters and everyone else who lives, works and plays in West
Hollywood to know?

That I am a longtime supporter of alternative vehicles, Flex car and
bike rental/sharing programs; that I am interested in looking at
additional uses of CityLine so people could potentially utilize it for
nighttime use on Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevards.

I am a member of the Westside Cities Council of Governments (COG) and
co-chair of that group's Sustainability Committee. I believe we must
find alternative transit options for people, not only because it's one
of the best things we can do for our environment, but also that our
focus on regional connectivity will enhance the quality of life for all
those who live, work and play in our region.


Blogger's Note: Councilmember Land clearly "gets" it.

1 comment:

Link Schrader, Attorney said...

If the subway or light rail comes to West Hollywood I have no doubt that it will be done right with Councilmember Land watching over our interests. I took the Green Line to the airport once, and that was once too many. Standing out in the middle of a noisy freeway waiting for a train was not my idea of an enjoyable commute. Public transportation can be enjoyable and shouldn't be looked at as the quickest way between two points no matter the environmental and health costs. Thanks for a good interview!