Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Toll Road is Dead, OC Needs to Move On!

Great piece in the LA Times today.. the TCA remains in the way of real solutions..

OC's Road Test

Rejection of the Foothill South toll road is a chance for a new path.
By Bobby Shriver and Joel Reynolds

March 10, 2009

It was a bad idea that deserved to die: the six-lane Foothill South toll road through a popular Orange County/San Diego County state park. It violated the principle that parkland is permanently protected. The California State Park and Recreation Commission and the California Coastal Commission rejected the toll road through San Onofre State Beach -- no surprise there. But when the Bush administration also said no, the project's fate was all but sealed.

Now what?

There are real traffic problems in Orange County that the Foothill South toll road was meant to solve. But there are other ways to cure the congestion, alternatives that won't destroy our quality of life or our natural resources.

There is also a roadblock to those alternatives: the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies, which dreamed up Foothill South and hasn't yet publicly abandoned it.

...Lots more here