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THE BIG FIX

How to get from here to there. A bus with a view? A monorail? Your own two feet?

Imagine an elevated future

December 27, 2007|Mark Pisano | Mark Pisano is executive director of the Southern California Assn. of Governments.

Imagine clean, safe, elevated, high-speed monorails traversing alongside Southern California freeways.

Some view that concept as science fiction, but the technology exists. We already own the necessary right of way. And, with some visionary thinking, we have the ability to make such a system a reality through a partnership between government and the private sector. The Southern California Assn. of Governments already has received a proposal from a private consortium to finance and implement this type of system.

There's no single "silver bullet" solution to solving Southern California's traffic woes. But a high-speed monorail that builds on our existing transportation network to better connect our residential, employment and trade centers could serve as the centerpiece of a reinvented transportation system.

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