It is not 1987 anymore, and Measure R passed in West Hollywood by 85% of the vote, more than any other city in Los Angeles county. While the well-being of driving and parking single-occupancy automobiles is obviously important to many people, it should not be the only discussion we are having about transportation in this city.
Here are examples of transportation issues that I, and you, can ask the City Council candidates, and discuss among your friends and neighbors, in the upcoming West Hollywood June 2nd special election directly:
- Do you favor a transit option that connects West Hollywood to the Red Line in Hollywood directly, without requiring people to transfer, perhaps running non-stop between West Hollywood and Hollywood/Highland or Hollywood/Vine (my preferred option)?
- Should that option be extending the Pickup Line to Metro, or reconfiguring West Hollywood's CityLine Shuttle?
- Do you favor reconfiguring Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood so it is no longer a "speedway" and gives up a lane of traffic for bike lanes and more residential parking?
- How would you help bring Metrorail to West Hollywood?
- Should we hold out for a below-ground Metrorail option that make take a few decades to be built or an above ground option that can be built in a few years?
- And if it is an above-ground Metrorail option, should it be like the modern streetcars soon coming to Downtown Los Angeles, or an elevated light-rail option that will allow for speed, but take away lanes for parking and possibly traffic?
- Should we partner with Hollywood, SilverLake, and Echo Park to create a transit line from Downtown to West Hollywood along Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevards?
- She we create transit-only lanes for buses on Santa Monica Boulevard, similar to what is coming very soon to Wilshire Boulevard?
- How can we partner with neighboring cities and neighborhoods to create transit projects that will serve this whole region?
- Where else can we add bicycle lanes to West Hollywood and how else can we improve bicycle infrastructure?
- As West Hollywood is considered a very "walkable city", how can we continue to improve the pedestrian experience?
- How does West Hollywood adapt to the world of Uber/Lyft and its relationship to Taxi and Limosuine services?
- How do we add mobility to the Sunset Strip?
- Are parking meters on Santa Monica Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. really the most efficient use of that road space and should we try relocating that parking, by acquiring or building new parking, to free that space up for more mobility?