En1320 Research paper-Traffic

En1320 Research paper-Traffic - Los Angeles Traffic Los...

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Los Angeles Traffic Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the nation and it is getting worse as the economy recovers from the most recent recession. It is a pattern that can be observed in the many decades that have passed by, along with the several downfalls and revivals of the economy from period to period. In 1900, Los Angeles had many rail cars riding through the streets as a form of public transportation. At the time there were only a few automobiles on the streets compared to now. The times presented many great opportunities and a positive outlook on financial growth for the citizens and the city. Everything was evolving and the great and future popular city to be was in the early stages of development, although the city was popular then as it is now, they may or may not have anticipated how big it would become. In 1917, the city had been experimenting with motor coaches for a while to replace the rail car as a more effective and flexible means to move around the automobile and growing traffic. They needed a way to get to the newly emerging suburbs. The cost of building rail cars to reach those areas was expensive and they had no capital to justify that large amount of spending. They had also been planning to build a rapid train system, this would take major funding and time which was of limited resource then. Buses could be in place almost immediately to travel to places outside of the reach of the local rail cars. In the 1930’s and 40’s the solution to the growing traffic problem in Los Angeles was to make the freeway system more accessible to public transportation and make the traffic go twice as fast, this meant making more entrances and exits.
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