Columnists have added a few musings of their own when it comes to local transportation issues. Venice resident Jim Smith opined that Metro must move away from building Downtown-centric lines and instead enhance inter-community services. Downtown LA continues to see a boom in new residences and businesses, but Smith argues that these improvements come at the cost of the needs of transit-riding Angelenos who otherwise view the central city as a bothersome transfer point and nothing else. One curious option to look at according to Smith is adding a streetcar connecting Venice with Santa Monica parallel to the beach. (It stands to note that the Pacific Electric Railway had one such service that ran as far south as Redondo Beach, while the cautious eye can still discern the right-of-way for a different PE line towards Centinela Avenue.)
On a different topic, researcher Charles Chieppo took a shot at the deceptively simple rule that required the Department of Labor to approve transit employee deals before the federal government doles out funds. Invocation of the rule led to a near-cannibalization of transit services in California last August and in fact increased costs for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Chieppo believes that the rule is antiquated, needlessly shoulders increasing pension costs onto taxpayers and must be rescinded.