Stand for the Valley’s Future Tonight

I love bikes. I ride mine to and from work almost everyday at about 18 miles a clip.

In an ideal world, I’d use it even more, but I don’t have that amount of time.

I take Metro a lot. Mostly the rail lines, but it’s a daily necessity for me to keep a life’s balance. Heck, I’m even writing NoHoStthis post as I’m on the Red Line. Please don’t bother me.

Even though there’s no place else in the world I’d rather live than in the valley, we can still make it a whole lot better.
Right now, we have a two subway stations tucked into one corner and a popular Bus Rapid Transit line that gets priority at intersections just as bad as pedestrians. Ewww.

In 2008, LA County voted for a 1/2 cent sales tax to increase transit funding passing the needed two thirds margin, while still rooted in a recession.

While we’re glad it passed, its obvious when looking at the numbers that the valley’s near two million population didn’t get its fair share.

Four years later, an extension was placed on the ballot this time just barely missing the mark.

Now that it’s 2016 and Trump fever is sweeping the nation, it seems about time like we try another ballot measure again. While the details still being hammered out, the authors are still weighing in what each region needs to taylor this proposition towards the voters needs.

Tonight, you get your chance. Local State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian is holding a mass transit forum at Valley College that will be attended by Councilmember Paul Krekorian as well.

One of the popular topics I’m sure you’ll hear is converting the Bus Rapid Transit Orange Line into rail. I’m sure a north-south connection through the valley will be brought up as well, especially to link up with the westside at some point.

There are a lot of possibilities out there to raise the 818’s game. Go tonight and take your stand for the valley’s future.