Talk about calculating things in “dog years.”
He’ll be 78 years old! Anybody want to bet if his teeth are still white and his hair without a hint of grey?
How do you feel about Measure R now, Westsiders? And you thought you were going to sell the Prius. By the time this thing’s done, cars might fly.
According to Steve Hymon of the ever-shrinking Dog Trainer, the proposed rail line doesn’t figure to pass engineering and environmental muster until 2013, just in time to see its biggest booster, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, leave office if elected to a second term.
And it won’t even reach Westwood until 2032.
So if your having puppies today, they’ll be old enough to vote when the line opens.
If the timetable is unchanged, according to the Dog Trainer, the subway extension to the Westside would reach La Cienega Boulevard in 2019, Century City in 2026 and Westwood by 2032.
When and where the subway would reach the ocean in or near Santa Monica remains uncertain.
Meanwhile, the new Measure R timeline contains at least another new element.
The spending plan on the ballot told voters that a light-rail line or busway mostly along Crenshaw Boulevard and ending at Los Angeles International Airport would be ready by 2018. That plan has been pushed back a decade, with the MTA now calling the Green Line extension to LAX the first phase of the Crenshaw line.
Damien Goodmon, a transit activist in South Los Angeles, said the Crenshaw line delay was a betrayal of residents in the community who overwhelmingly voted for Measure R, thinking the tax hike would get the project built more quickly.
Come on, even Bruno never believed that crap.
And according to the mayor’s top flack, he shouldn’t have believed it either.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for the mayor said the timeline for the Subway to the Sea is unacceptable and noted that Measure R “allows us to seek federal support and advance the timeline.”
“We have for the first time an administration in Washington that intends to invest in public transportation,” said Villaraigosa press secretary Matt Szabo. “When the mayor was running for office, the Subway to the Sea was mocked as a pipe dream. Now the question is not if it’s going to be built, but when it’s completed.”
Pardon me while I roll on my back and howl. Feel free to rub my belly.