Why is Susan Brown so vehemently opposed to the proposed Santa Monica light rail line? (Westside Letters, Oct. 15).
If her concern is about noise, this line, run below ground and covered by a park for the one mile between the Santa Monica Freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard, would be neither seen nor heard by its neighbors.
If her concern is really about solving traffic congestion, the Santa Monica light rail line, using the only remaining ground-level right of way to the Westside, is the most cost-effective alternative to the intolerably congested Santa Monica Freeway. Residents of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Palms, Century City, Crenshaw and many coming from the Eastside of Los Angeles to the Westside, will be easily able to get to downtown Los Angeles, USC, Exposition Park, Culver City, Century City, UCLA, West Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
Ms. Brown's "experts" argue that rail is "not effective" in our "decentralized and scattered" city, and that buses are more effective. But what is more effective, a fleet of diesel buses stuck in traffic, or electric light rail on its own uncongested right of way serving this densely traveled corridor?