Opposition to a rapid transit system for the Valley by homeowner groups appears to be that of primarily affluent homeowners versus moderate- and low-income people, who are dependent primarily upon public transit. These Valley homeowner groups have succeeded in blocking the development of any type of public mass transit for the San Fernando Valley. They claim such a system is noisy and aesthetically unappealing. Furthermore, they state that since many of them use their cars as part of their employment, they have no need of any type of public transit system and, therefore, it would be of no benefit to them.
These opponents of a rapid transit system have an extreme case of tunnel vision. They forget that not everyone can afford to own an automobile or is able to drive. For the young, the elderly, the handicapped and the poor, public transportation is their only means of getting to school, to work, to the doctor, to the market to do their shopping and so forth. Without public transit, many of these people would have no alternative but to go on welfare.
These homeowner groups do not realize that the more cars there are on the road, the greater the level of congestion. The greater the level of congestion, the longer it will take to get from Point A to Point B. As it is, congestion is pretty bad. Just imagine rush hour traffic all day long. That is exactly what will happen if we depend primarily upon the private automobile for our transportation needs.