LeanathleticDC saidI wanted to take the Metro from LAX into downtown LA.
Want to see what the Metro is like.
My friend emailed me and wrote:
"FOR GOD'S SAKE DO NOT TAKE THE METRO, R U CRAZY?"
Can someone tell me what he means?
There was a time, about 90 years ago, when Los Angeles was saturated with light rail lines.
But as cars became more and more popular, ridership declined and by the 1960s, all passenger service had ended and most of the tracks have been torn up. That's why if you drive down Burton Way near Beverly Hills, you'll see this wide area right in the middle of the street that is now a park - that's where the tracks used to go.
Anyway, L.A. is slowly coming back to where it was 100 years ago and actually building "new" light rail lines in the exact same places as the old ones were! Problem is, it will take at least 20 years before they have anything even approaching what they need.
Here's what things looked like about 90 years ago: