Transit Alternatives in Car-Crazy LA

This assignment builds on our earlier considerations of modern urban morphology and its associated transportation issuesespecially in a sprawling metropolis like Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles has developed an innovative planMobility Plan 2035to address future transportation improvements (there is a link to an article about this plan in the attached assignment). The plan incorporates many of the ideals commonly associated with smart growth or New Urbanism including an increased reliance on alternative modes of transportation.While Mobility Plan 2035 establishes an ambitious set of programs to encourage LA residents to travel by public transportation, by bike, and even by walking, many people question just how realistic the plan actually is for a city like LA. This assignment provides one way of assessing just how realistic alternative modes are in LA.1. For context, read the NY Times article (9/9/15) Los Angeles Plan to Reshape the Streetscape sets off Fears of Gridlock http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/us/a-los- angeles-plan- to-reshape- the-streetscape- sets-off-fears- of-gridlock.html?smprod=nytcore- ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad- share2. Visit the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) website and use the trip planner feature to explore how you might travel to and from campus using public transportation if you didnt have access to a car and/or couldnt afford a parking place on campus. (www.metro.net) Hint: When you use the trip planner you may have to spell out Loyola Marymount University Trip Planner doesnt always recognize LMU. Loyola Marymount University address is: 1 LMU DRIVE, CA, 90045.3. Write a brief paper in which you address the following points:A. Identify a specific trip longer than 5 miles that you might take on a regular basis to/from from campus. Examples might include: (1) a trip from LMU to your home or (2) a trip from LMU to your job or (3) a trip from LMU to a club or concert in Hollywood or (4) a trip from LMU to Staples Center to watch a game or (5) a trip from LMU to the Rose Bowl to watch UCLA football or (6) a trip from LMU to visit a friend or (7) anywhere else you might go regularly.B. Investigate how you could have made the trip youve identified without using your own car. What public transportation options exist for you? The quick way to locate public transportation options is by using the MTA Trip Planner. Based on your research, describe the best option for making your trip without using a car. Points to consider include: What mode(s) of public transportation could you use? How much would it cost? How long would it take? How much walking would be involved? How many different modes of transportation would be involved? Etc. You could obviously also consider just walking or biking.C. Compare your public transportation trip with the same trip in your own car. How long would it take driving versus riding the bus or metro? How much walking would you have to do? How much would it cost to drive compared to riding the bus or metro? Hints: You can use WWW.MAPQUEST.COM to determine the distance and average driving time for your trip in a car (use their directions function). The AAA estimates it costs about $0.75 cents per mile on average to drive a private car (assuming you drive approx. 10,000 miles a year).D. Based on what youve found in completing this exercise, comparing public transit to driving your own car, explain whether or not using public transportation is really a viable option for you. Are you ready to get out of your car and start using alternative modes of transportation? Are you ready to get on your bike or simply walk everywhere? Why or why not?