The Long and Winding Route: Analyzing the Influence of Politics on Planning the Wilshire Subway in Los Angeles

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Author(s):  Brian D. Taylor, Eugene J. Kim, and John Gahbauer

Los Angeles is known throughout the world as an auto-oriented city, yet for the past three decades the region has invested billions of dollars into an ambitious rail and busway network. Given such a significant investment, many find it perplexing that rail service still only partially traverses Wilshire Boulevard, the region’s most densely developed and heavily traveled transit corridor. We examine how conflicting political interests manipulated planning analyses and repeatedly dictated highly technical aspects of the subway’s routing and design, ultimately delaying the construction of a rail line along the most promising transit corridor in Los Angeles.

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