Last Updated: May 8, 2012

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Los Angeles, May 2, 2012 - Last week was monumental for mass transit in Los Angeles. The first phase of the Expo Line opened to thousands of riders and the Metropolitan Transit Authority Board (METRO) voted to approve the environmental impact reports for both the Regional Connector and the Purple Line extension to La Cienega Boulevard. The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA) supports expanding our mass-transit system and applauds METRO's efforts to design and construct the most effective network possible. Investing in healthier and more sustainable mobility alternatives is essential to maintaining our region's economic competitiveness.

While the past week represents three giant steps forward, we still have a long way to go to complete our transit system. Attracting more regional cooperation is essential and more effort can be made to make certain that all stakeholders have a seat at the negotiating table. Architects and designers serve a vital role in helping to broker a shared vision that works well for all communities. Otherwise, various misconceptions lead to costly legal battles.

Lawsuits not only delay progress, also substantially divert millions of dollars away from the project. Instead of wasting financial resources on expensive legal wrangling, let's make certain the investment of our tax dollars is spent to optimize the system and to ensure design excellence at each of the subway portals.

AIA|LA encourages everyone to get on board METRO's train. Working together with METRO, we can expedite the design and construction of a mass-transit network that helps the region become more livable, walkable, healthier and, most importantly, more delightful to experience.

As we strive to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and to reach the goals of AB 32 and SB 375, we need to ensure better cross-jurisdictional cooperation and work together to make certain that we spend our taxpayer dollars wisely to optimizing the transit system with world-class design.

Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIACC Executive Director AIA Los Angeles

Stuart Magruder, AIA, LEED 2012 President AIA Los Angeles

About AIA Los Angeles: AIA|LA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the efforts of its parent organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), by specifically serving the interests of our local architecture and design community. Through advocacy, education, networking and outreach, AIA|LA serves as a resource to help make the Los Angeles region more delightful, healthier, more sustainable and economically competitive.

Last updated: 10-Jan-2013 05:58 PM
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