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Angels Flight Announcement Nice to Hear, but Doesn't Give Any Answers

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007, at 09:13AM
Angels Flight Eric Richardson [Flickr]

I have to say that I was quite surprised with the Times story about Angels Flight saying it will reopen this summer, but not for what it said. I was surprised instead by the way the piece failed to address any of the questions that have been swirling around the project.

In recent months the stories we've read have been ones like the Downtown News' December article about how the dollar amounts for reopening given by the MTA and Angels Flight group are millions apart. The line needs a redesigned drive system, and that must then be approved by the California PUC. Neither of those are mere perfunctory steps, and it seems to me that with both those steps remaining summer might just be a bit too much to ask.

You have to wonder whether the announcement and press was instead a way to hold off any public takeover of the private railroad. As Mike said in his write-up over at Franklin Ave: I'll believe it when I see it.


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