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Contraflow Removal Approved by Transportation Committee

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at 03:28PM

I just got back my apartment after today's Transportation Committee meeting. This is the meeting where the Spring Street contraflow lane project was to be discussed and a vote taken on whether to pass it on to Council. The summary: they approved to send it on to Council, so it will appear on an agenda there sometime soon.

One thing that worries me is the way Councilman LaBonge was asking whether the peak hour restrictions DOT is suggesting are too short (4-6 for the PM peak), and whether it should really be 4-7. I would hope that DOT can stick to their guns on this one; I really don't think that extra hour is warranted.

More of my recap after the jump...

Tom LaBonge was running the meeting, and I have to say that it was very different than other Council meetings I've attended. He's a funny guy, and he tells his jokes fast, so you better be paying attention. There was one I swore I was going to remember and write down, but in the last hour I forgot it, so I guess you'll just have to imagine.

He also runs a fast meeting. The contraflow lane was item 14 on the agenda, and we were on it within 10 minutes. Maybe 5. The other member of the committee was new Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who arrived late but in time for this item.

DOT started off, and gave a quick overview of what they want to do. David Armijo, GM of the MTA's Westside/Central Service Sector followed, stating that MTA was in support of the project and stressing that DOT and MTA have been working closely on the issues. A timeline for implementation was said to start after the holidays.

Public comment was started with opposition from Kim Richards, a former president of Socal Transit Advocates, the organization of several recent commenters here on the issue. Brady followed, stating that DLANC was in support. I went next, saying that the fundamentals of the project were sound. Public comment wrapped up with Victor Franco of the CCA, who kept it short, saying "The CCA is in support of this project."

Both committee members voted to recommend the project to Council, so that's where it will go next. I'll be sure to mention here its appearance on an agenda.

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