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The Beverly Hills School Board Is Wasting Your Money Fighting the Subway

Joel Epstein | Posted 01.21.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Maybe now the Los Angeles County Counsel will sit up and take notice that not everyone in Beverly Hills is happy with the School Board's misuse of their hard earned dough. It is about government ethics, accountability and transparency.

In Beverly Hills, Money for the Subway Doesn't Grow on Trees

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.16.2014 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Are we're not talking pocket change. LA's failure to build the Subway to the Sea when it should and could have means it will now cost us billions of dollars more to bring the train to the Westwood VA rather than all the way to the Pacific Ocean. And that's if we are lucky.

Just TAP and Spin Through the Unlocked Expo Line Turnstile

Joel Epstein | Posted 03.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Given our history, it's terrific to see a County Supervisor and others promoting, rather than deriding, transit ridership in LA. Still, I'd rather see expedited transit construction than read incredulous creative writing about how Metro is meeting artificially low ridership projections.

Will It Take an Earthquake to Bring the Subway to the Sea?

Joel Epstein | Posted 03.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

As any good student of L.A. history can tell you, following the Northridge quake the Santa Monica freeway was rebuilt in less than three months. Of course I am not wishing for an earthquake, mudslide or fire.

Bad Lawsuits Against Public Transit

Joel Epstein | Posted 11.29.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Here's an important story that may not have made it onto The Daily Show yet. While it is only a matter of time before Streetsblog Los Angeles has the...

California's High-Speed Rail Mistake

Joel Epstein | Posted 11.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In an ideal world there would be enough money to build both the high-speed rail and all the regional mass transit California needs. But we don't live in that Emerald City.

Hurricane Irene Is a Chance to Put Things Right in New Jersey and Washington

Joel Epstein | Posted 11.06.2011 | New York
Joel Epstein

With parts of New Jersey and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast still literally underwater from Hurricane Irene, it is time to examine the dou...

A Century City Station at Constellation? You Betcha!

Joel Epstein | Posted 09.17.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Last week, just after a large deer decided to make itself a hood ornament on our car, I got to thinking about what a great country this is. In spite ...

Rejecting Century City Subway Station Adjacent

Joel Epstein | Posted 08.28.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Dear Beverly Hills: What were you thinking when you let your mayor write Metro basically threatening to pull the city's support for America Fast Forw...

America Stumbles Forward

Joel Epstein | Posted 08.23.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I'm almost as delighted as Hizonner himself that Mayor Villaraigosa is the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. What better perch from which to pitch the country on the merits of America Fast Forward?

The LA City Council Talks Too Much

Joel Epstein | Posted 08.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

The LA City Council and needs to stop talking and start acting on the Wilshire bus rapid transit project.

Metro's Constellation Blvd Station, Donald Trump and the Truth

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.04.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It is important to all Angelenos that Metro choose the best location for the Wilshire subway station in Century City. And along comes a campaign of lies and half-truths to hold up the train.

Revolution, Democracy and the Subway in Beverly Hills

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

As I ride the Metro 720 Rapid Bus along the washboard known as Wilshire Blvd. I think maybe, as hard as it would be, that it is time to get an office ...

The 30/10 Initiative Revisited

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

What is the best way to promote economic development and hiring? My vote is for a new New Deal which helps communities accelerate construction of overdue projects.

Rain, Snow and the Prospects for 30/10 in 2011

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

The end-of-year deluge is not getting me down. Instead, I see the storms, which have blanketed the East in snow and LA in rain, as more evidence of our need to build the subway.

If I Forget Thee O Los Angeles Public Transportation

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Wander a block or two beyond the restaurants, Internet cafes, and shops that line the waterfront in Ayvalik, Turkey, and one sees countless empty stone buildings, the former homes and shops of Greek residents.

Riding Metro in Istanbul and Beyond

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It's after 9 at night on Thanksgiving and I'm sitting in a bus station on the Asian side of Istanbul waiting for a Metro bus. No, not that Metro.

How the Unions Can Help LA Pay for the Wilshire Subway Extension

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

My latest epiphany concerns the feasibility of using union and public pension fund money to fund LA's overdue public transportation projects. Let's face it, after the midterm election we're in a new world.

A Dear John Letter About the Wilshire Subway to the Westside

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Public transportation in this gridlocked city is now not just a convenience. It is a necessity like water and power.

Constellation Blvd Is the Best Choice for the Wilshire Subway Century City Station

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

While it is unfortunate that the Beverly Hills City Council has now come out against the Constellation station location, we should remember that this was once a community that opposed the very idea of a subway.

Finding the Money to Build Out LA's 30/10 Transportation Initiative

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

More fixed rail and dedicated lane bus rapid transit like Metro's Orange Line can mean the difference between getting to work on time and not having a job to go to.

New Jersey's Gift to Metro Riders in LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Now that New Jersey has decided to nix the construction of a train tunnel, LA Metro should be redoubling its efforts to secure the $3 billion in federal transportation money that this leaves on the table.