Over the next few months, Metro Los Angeles will cut or reduce a dozen bus lines, citing needed fiscal savings and an increase in efficiency. Meanwhile, the city's rail is rising -- part of the Expo Line will open for service in the Fall and the city has a vision for how the new transportation ecosystem will look: more folks on the trains, less on the buses.
As the city makes these changes, people are feeling pain. Students who commute from Watts to UCLA might not be able to make it. Domestic workers who take buses across the city will be out of options.
Are these reasonable growing pains for a city making big transitions in transportation? Or could it be that a healthy transportation system in a city like Los Angeles just means more of everything?