The brakes were hit this week on a Los Angeles County Metro plan that would have truncated San Pedro’s popular Silver Line bus service to downtown Los Angeles.
The move would have had a new electrified Silver Line bus end its route at the Harbor Gateway Transit Center, about 10 miles shy of San Pedro, because there is no Metro-owned property in the port town that could provide a recharging station. Those traveling to or from San Pedro would have to use a regular, more polluting bus.
“I find that difficult to accept,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn at a Wednesday, Nov. 18, meeting of the Metro Board of Directors Planning and Programming Committee, on which Hahn also serves.
Urging Metro to look to other agencies, including the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as partners to host such a facility, Hahn said the popular service needs to be both convenient and clean for San Pedro residents.
Several public speakers agreed.
“So often San Pedro feels like a step-child that is tossed a few crumbs,” said Diana Nave, chair of the Planning and Land Use Committee for the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council.
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Tim McOsker, president of the San Pedro Property Owners Business Improvement District, said that Metro indicated it would require “unprecedented cooperation” to put a charging facility in San Pedro.
But, he added, these are unprecedented times, because of the coronavirus pandemic, requiring people to find creative solutions to new problems in their lives — and there’s not reason Metro couldn’t do that same.
From Zoom meetings to work-from-home arrangements, “we are all figuring it out,” McOsker said, “and we need to do something here.”
Hahn’s motion, which passed unanimously, directs Metro staff to meet with officials from Los Angeles County, LA city, the Port of Los Angeles and neighboring transit agencies to discuss possible joint-use and public-private opportunities for charging stations.
Several speakers said the Harbor Area has been hit with heavy pollution for decades due to port and refinery operations, and not being able to take advantage of the new electric Silver Line buses would stick them with another source of pollution.
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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News