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Urban planners got some bad news today. Ridership on public transit in Southern California is on the decline…despite the billions being spent in recent years to build light rail and subway lines. Why aren't more drivers leaving their cars at home, as auto traffic gets more congested than ever? Meantime, there's a shortage of money to repair aging roads, bridges and other parts of the infrastructure. We look at the impact on the state's economy.

Also on the program, the LA cops who mistakenly shot two Latinas while they delivered newspapers will not be prosecuted by District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

Photo: 405 Freeway at rush hour (Chris Yarzab)

Producers:
Christine Detz

No Charges for LAPD Who Shot Newspaper Delivery Women 7 MIN, 47 SEC

The LA District Attorney announced today that eight officers of the LAPD will not be charged in a case of mistaken identity. Two years ago, former cop Christopher Dorner was on a rampage, threatening murder, and the manhunt was on. In Torrance, Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez were delivering newspapers from a pickup truck. The officers opened fire on the women—an incident Chief Charlie Beck and the Police Commission agreed was "out of policy." Peter Bibring is Director of Police Practices at the ACLU of Southern California.

Guests:
Peter Bibring, ACLU of Southern California (@PeterBibring)

Is LA Still the Car Capital of the World? 15 MIN, 27 SEC

California's economy depends on transportation, but money is running short to repair an aging infrastructure. Los Angeles got a famously slow start at building light rail and subway systems, but then voters passed Measure R in 2009. Nine billion dollars will complete the Foothill Gold Line and the Expo Line to Santa Monica this spring. There are plans for more. But it turns out that public transit ridership has not been growing. In fact, LA Metro reports it's been on the decline for the past ten years. The same thing is happening in Orange County.

Guests:
Loren Kaye, California Foundation for Commerce and Education (@KayeLoren)
Denny Zane, Move LA (@MoveLA)
Brian Taylor, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

More:
CA Foundation for Commerce and Education on transitioning from the gas tax to a fee on miles traveled
Move LA's long-range transportation plan
UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies on travel behavior of teens, young adults

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