By Molly Peterson, August 6, 2014
Public transit project are taking longer to plan, approve and build. That’s according to a new report out this week from UCLA.
He pins the blame for the delays on over-planning, underfunding and regulations that bog down projects. Elkind urges Southern California commuters to demand answers about slow transit projects from public agencies and public officials.
“After the Northridge quake in Los Angeles, when part of the 10 Freeway collapsed, that was brought back up right away — it was way ahead of schedule because there was so much public scrutiny,” Elkind said.
Elkind also favors lowering the threshold for voter initiatives that fund transit projects, from two-thirds to 55 percent — but that’s harder than it might sound. It would require amending California’s constitution.