GAS PRICES going UP ?
TRAFFIC slowing DOWN ?
By Louis Elovitz
...Try Metro Rapid Transit
This might be a slight exaggeration, but I did read
$6 a gallon, and that traffic, this is the Valley not
Manhattan. Oh no, I did it again, of course the Valley
traffic is horrendous and frustrating and hopefully
non-roadragious. The METRO Rapid Transit system
is growing and getting very 'popular' for middle classers
and a necessity for the workers and low income,
especially Seniors. Yes, there is debate about fare
increases, and they are working on softening that matter.
Once one learns how the transit scheduling works
you can set it to a regular or just shopping schedules.
As someone said,
TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT !
Metro Transit Los Angeles
...need more convincing?
READ MY STORY OF A
DRIVE FROM NOHO
TO LAKE BALBOA...
" TRYING TO DRIVE
..TO THE PARK
..... The Trying Drive "
Back in the day when I was a North Hollywood High Huskie,
we used to cruise to Van Nuys driving up and down the
boulevard past Bob's Big Boy having a great time looking
at everyone and their cars going back and forth and back
home , at that time, the drive was quick and easy.
On any given afternoon try going the same route from NoHo
to Van Nuys Blvd. After grinding slowly, you are ready
to give up your journey that you pledged to reach a bit
further across the 405 to Lake Balboa Park.
Are we there yet? Was there another way?
We know the 101 is busy as a bee, we know Ventura Blvd.
is chrome to chrome from Studio City to Encino.
So, there are just 2 ways to the park, either
Burbank Blvd. on its south side or Victory Blvd.
on the north, and more north to Vanowen,
but why go farther, all these streets going east
to west are always totally clogged.
Will we make it? We have to, I want to see the birds.
Like a rising wave in Oahu,
we cross over the 405 in ultra slo-mo,
my clutch foot is trembling.
Now, I know what you're saying,
why I didn't take Victory Blvd.
that goes under the freeway.
I respond; then I would also have to
make a left turn to get to the lake
only to wait, wait, wait for the
rapid transit Orange Line
on its "dedicated bus-way".
Here we confront many signals and signs
that protect the so-many ton bus and
its passengers from my '93 mini truck.
Oh yes, finally after the 405 hump
I turn right on Woodley and into
Lake Balboa Park and I finally saw my birds...
Oh! for those Happy Days cruzin'
after the high school football game.
with this story you must agree
we should give rapid transit like the
orangeline a chance especially with
traffic and higher and higher gas prices.
Louis Elovitz is a digital journalist
and videographer in Southern California