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Valley Perspective

Chandler Busway

February 25, 2001

The effort by Chandler Boulevard residents to divert a busway onto equally residential Oxford Street is as hypocritical as the name Concerned Citizens for Transit ("Bus-Only Route on Chandler Is Unsafe," Valley Perspective, Feb. 18).

The essential difference between the two streets is that Oxnard is less affluent and does not have a 26-foot tree-lined median purchased by the taxpayers for use as an exclusive transit corridor. Oxnard Street already has an offramp to the Hollywood Freeway, which creates rush-hour gridlock for both buses and cars. Surely there are environmental justice issues here.

The community along Chandler Boulevard often describes itself as pedestrian. Yet there are blocks near Coldwater Canyon Avenue that have no sidewalks, and it's not uncommon to see entire families walking dangerously close to the traffic lanes.

Both transit users and the community would be better served if grade separations, sidewalks and other pedestrian features were constructed as a mitigation for the busway.

ROGER CHRISTENSEN

Sherman Oaks

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