Debate you didn't know was on: will Jews ride the subway?

jj-cover-022511.jpgThe Jewish Journal cover story this week poses the question to the community: will Jews support the expansion of Metro's subway, other rail lines and busways? Joel Epstein, one of the most enthused of local transit enthusiasts (see his Visiting Blogger post at LAO) argues that Jews should and will ride the Westside subway extension. Going somewhat counter is John Mirisch, a Beverly Hills City Council member who doesn't want the subway to tunnel under Beverly Hills High. He prefers the station location in Century City that would avoid the high school, and also argues:

We should be able to expect Metro to do the right thing by respecting the locally preferred alternative...and by choosing the least intrusive, least expensive viable route....And we should be able to expect that Metro, in making a pitch to Westside Jews to support the subway expansion, would also take into account our transit needs....None of the stations between Western and the Veterans Administration have park-and-ride lots planned, meaning with the underdeveloped network of bus lines serving the residential areas on the Westside, if you don’t happen to be within walking distance of a subway station, you’re pretty much out of luck.

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