Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hats off to the BRU

I know just typing the letters "BRU" will drive up blog hits, but I wanted to take a second to give my personal opinion on something cool that happened yesterday at the City Council Transportation Committee Hearing.

The BRU brought a handful of high school students with them to testify on behalf of the bus-only lane on Wilshire. Each student had hand-written notes or testimony and spoke about the benefit a succesful bus-only project would have for the west side and as a model for the rest of Los Angeles.

I think it's great to get high schoolers involved in the public process, and I wasn't the only one. Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who had a long meeting, beamed at the students the entire time and couldn't help give the occasional "thumbs up." I wish I had my camera out a little faster.

Anyway, hats off to the BRU for helping to get some future activists involved in the public process and for letting them get their feet wet on a less-than-controversial issue.

1 comment:

Dan W. said...

And were those kids also given a balanced picture of the BRU itself and their bus-only transit extremist agenda and inflamatory calls of "transit racism"? Nah, I didn't think so.

People should go to the Transit Coalition's website and see "BRU Truth" for themselves.

The BRU is a organization of misguided people with a disastrous anti-rail agenda. Fortunately, the great silent majority of transit riders will never again let them hijack Southern California transit planning.

Any adovcacy organization is right to recruit people when they are young and impressionable (and lacking in facts). People who have another vision for Los Angeles Transit than the BRU should take note and do likewise, unless they want the BRU to have a comeback and do more damage.

It is encouraging to see anyone advocate for any form of transit. Bus-only lanes are a good policy being espoused by a vile organization.