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  •  This is really a state issue in my mind (2+ / 0-)
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    spacecadet1, sfbob

    Many will not see it so, but when the metropolitan area has more people than many if not most states (7.5 ml) than this is a major impact for the state of CA.  

    California has too many people and too much sprawl, but that's old news. Portland was more* successful in dealing with transit issues because it has a tight urban growth boundary and because Tri-met is empowered to deal with everything except Vancouver, Washington (where, suprise! people have found out that transferring and service connections get ugly). Socal and the Bay Area don't have that luxury of a Tri-Met.  It's way too many municipalities and even exceeds regional government.

    What's the point of talking about LA when LA is really not only everything in the county (vast enough) but also northern Orange, parts of San Bernardino and other outlying areas?

    Of course the state of CA's political structure is messed up, but that's something the CA Democrats have been trying to fix for a few years now. It's do or die as far as I can tell.  

    Governments care only as much as their citizens force them to care. Nothing changes unless we change -- George Monbiot.

    by Nulwee on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 09:32:19 AM PDT

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    •  MTA is a NY state agency (2+ / 0-)
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      sfbob, Simplify

      And it does solve a lot of these problems. It's not perfect, of course. NJ controls NJ transit but even that is statewide in NJ (if that fat fuck Christie doesn't dismantle it). The MTA model could work even better in CA because you don't have state lines in the Bay Area or LA.

      “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon Baines Johnson

      by spacecadet1 on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 10:21:11 AM PDT

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