I hate Los Angeles traffic so much I quit my day job to focus full time on fixing gridlock. AMAA about LA, traffic, subways, bike safety, and real life SimCity-style urban planning issues!
Hi Reddit! Do you hate traffic in LA, or if you've never been here, have you heard stories about how awful it is?
LA is infamous around the world for our traffic, and for our lack of a complete rail transit system. I got so frustrated with how bad things are, I decided to quit my day job working for one of LA's leading business groups (and to give up making a steady paycheck!) to work full time trying to make LA a better place to live, by tackling this huge problem. Today, I'm proud to serve as President of Angelenos Against Gridlock (http://www.endinggridlock.org/), which fights for a fully built out rail system, bike safety improvements, and road/freeway bottleneck fixes. Our efforts have been covered by the LA Times, Curbed LA, and the local NPR, NBC, ABC, & CBS channels, to name a few outlets. If you look at cities around the world, such as Chicago, NYC, DC, London, Paris, Tokyo, etc., you'll see a more complete rail transit / commuter rail system than we have in LA, where many people have no practical choice but to drive. (Yes, we have a good bus system, but buses get stuck in traffic.)
AMAA about Los Angeles, transportation, traffic, transit, urban planning, the nonprofit world, and what it's like to be a social entrepreneur. I'll be back later, this afternoon, to answer questions.
One request: could you help us win a $100,000 grant in the LA2050 Challenge by taking 30 seconds and voting online before Wed. at noon pacific? There's no catch; it's just that your vote on the GOOD website (http://myla2050.maker.good.is/projects/fundthisproject) helps us get a Goldhirsh Foundation grant to fight for a fully-built-out transit system. Thanks!
Together, I believe we can remake LA. Indeed, we must -- the status quo stinks!
--David Murphy, President of Angelenos Against Gridlock
Edit 2: I'm back to answer the first round of questions. Looking forward to it! Bear with me as there are a lot of good questions, and I'm trying to give thoughtful, detailed answers.
Edit 3: Thrilled with the response. Just spent a good two hours answering questions, and I'm going to take a moment to catch up on email. I'll be back later to respond some more. In the mean time, if you hate traffic, vote for our nonprofit project to receive a grant here -- we need perhaps at least 50 more votes in the next 20 hours to qualify as a finalist for a $100,000 grant. This is no Rampart-style promo (even if Rampart is in LA!); the nonprofit sector is hard, low-budget work, and this grant would really help us move LA forward, so we need your help!
Edit 4: I'm back, answering some more questions. Sub-edit: And I'm going to give my wrists a bit of a rest. I'll be back later.
Edit 6: Back to answer some final questions before calling it a night. Annd, it's 10 pm -- going to sign off.
Thanks for the tons of interesting questions, everyone. Keep in touch on Twitter (@EndingGridlock & @DavidCMurphy) and sign up for updates on our website, http://www.endinggridlock.org. And most of all: keep the faith! We CAN fix LA -- and indeed, we must.