SUBURBS TOO FAR & OVER-DEVELOPMENT
Housing costs in the Los Angeles Basin are high and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Areas like Hollywood and the West Side are experiencing over-development because they are a rarity in SoCal with quick and easy access to jobs and rapid transportation like the Metro Red line. This happens because people can no longer live as far away from their jobs as they used to. The way we are building our current transit system, we look at travel times for individual lines and not the regional system as a whole. For example, let's look at the Expo line's end to end time of 50+ minutes. It looks good on paper that end to end is under an hour, but what it doesn't consider is someone coming in from Burbank on a Metrolink train and that 50 min adding on to their already long commute time. In the end, this thinking only benefits the basin where people aren't traveling very far. Another example would be someone commuting from the less expensive suburb of Whittier along the future Gold/Expo line to their job in the Silicon Beach area of Venice, this person will have a 2+ hour transit commute each way door to door... NOT workable. Their option is to either commute by car or find a cramped living space closer to their job in an expensive development that is over 60% of their income.
Travel times to the jobs in Hollywood, Silicon Beach and the West Side from the far out suburbs of the San Gabriel/Pomona Valley/Inland Empire; where housing costs are lower, currently remain out of reach for the average public transit commuter (over 1 1/4 hour door to door). Because of HyRail's high operating speeds and low costs, we are able to reach more destinations at quicker speeds. HyRail coupled with Metrolink creates access to housing that is affordable.
Imagine, someone coming into Union Station after a 35 min Metrolink commute from Ontario, then getting to Venice in another 25 min... in rush hour traffic!!! That's the HyRail advantage to affordable housing
ALSO, with our $6 Billion saved, Metro can certainly afford to reserve land for affordable housing next to new transit lines as a community benefit.
LA Weekly article on Crenshaw district