However, we shouldn't forget surface transit. Even with Metrorail, major corridors throughout Southern California are also going to need transit-only lanes allowing for speedy service for buses and modern streetcar trams to connect people to the "first/last mile" of the their journey. We will need a full network of transit-only lanes all over the county (in addition to bicycle lanes).
Here's a sample pic of what this might look like.
As part of this, in addition to the Purple Line expansion as part of the Westside Subway Extension, there is currently a project to bring bus rapid transit to Wilshire Blvd.
I will be the first to stand up and call for a Santa Monica Blvd. transit-only lane between the ocean and Sunset Junction, further heading downtown to Union Station.
As a transit-only lane, it could potentially run modern streetcars quickly and efficiently. Just imagine...
Now my willingness to take lanes away from cars to allow for more mobility for transit and bicycles may doom any chances I might ever have to get elected to political office in Southern California or it may not. (No, I am not a candidate for anything.) But the golden era of cheap gasoline and the single-occupancy automobile in southern California is LONG behind us. Even if we "drill, baby, drill", $2/gallon gasoline is gone forever. It's a global market and China and India are not going to stay in the third world so that we can drive our SUVs cheaply across the streets of Los Angeles. Therefore, we need to consider practical ways to expand mass transit mobility affordably like any other world class metropolitan region.
So let's bring a transit-only lane to Santa Monica Blvd. while we continue to advocate for Metrorail.