Westside Rally in support of the Wilshire Bus Only Lane
by Crystal McMillan on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Today in West Los Angeles, a broad coalition from across Los Angeles gathered for a press conference and rally. We were calling on the board of directors of the Los Angeles MTA as well as the Los Angeles City Council to approve a complete 8.7 mile Wilshire Bus Only Lane.
The choice facing the MTA and City Council is clear
One the one hand, the culmination of six years of work to finalize a project that creates jobs, improves transit, reduces air pollution, greenhouse gases, and moves LA a step closer to realizing its vision of being a 21st century livable/walkable metropolis.
On the other hand, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl now proposes to cut this project in half and risk sending back to Washington as much as $10 million in federal funds- all because of the parking and traffic objections of small groups of provincial West Side homeowners.
Bus Riders Union member Clifton Moore spoke for the concerns of hundreds of veterans
As they travel long distances on Wilshire to access service at the Westwood Veterans Affairs Hospital and complex, the quality of bus service on Wilshire can make a huge difference. "We call on Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Councilmember of Brentwood, to keep your promise. Support us Veterans. You as a veteran yourself promised to deliver on the complete project, so we call on you sir to honor your promise to us now. "
We were joined by allies from the LA Bicycle Coalition, the Westlake MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council, the Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance, and the Southern California Transit Advocates. As the Wilshire Bus Only Lane is a city wide issue, press coverage reflected a wide variety of LA communites. Korea Daily, KABC Radio, Channel 18, La Opinion, Koreatown Daily, Korea Times and Telemundo Channel 52 were on hand. You can check out the story at LA Streetsblog, including a long talk with Bill Rosendahl.
Join us at the Los Angeles MTA Board Meeting, at 8:30 am. We will be meeting at MTA Headquarters at Cesar Chavez/Vignes. We will be urging the board to implement the full 8.7 mile Wilshire Bus Only Lane!