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Party train not rocking so hard

Ted Balaker
August 12, 2007, 6:56pm

Light rail ground breaking ceremonies often have that pep rally vibe: they're filled with live music, bold proclamations, group hugs, fireworks, cheerleaders, and even free bbq sandwiches. LA just broke ground on the Expo Line, but the reporters' tone is rather bittersweet: Kudos to the reporters for pointing that out. Might also be nice to mention that most rail riders aren't new transit riders, but merely folks who used to ride buses. One thing I almost never see reporters do is give some big-picture perspective--after all, LA County takes 40 million trips a day. And how about that Red Line? It still has still not reached half its projected ridership. (Is that the kind of success that should be extended to the sea?)

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