Transportation projects can result in widespread regional benefits, but these benefits often come at the price of local residents’ comfort or well-being. Striking a balance between these dispersed benefits and concentrated costs is key to providing a successful project that minimizes negative impacts for the community. In this study we used Metro’s Orange Line, a 14.5 mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the San Fernando Valley, as a case study in how regional benefits must be weighed against local impacts when deciding whether to pursue a project.
I looked at the public comments and Metro’s mitigation measures and responses in the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), conducted a site visti to the Orange Line, and interviewed key local stakeholders.
Through this analysis, I determined that an appropriate balance is struck between these dispersed regional benefits and local impacts when the public’s input is vigorously incorporated into projects through mitigation measures that are continually followed throughout the lifetime of the project. During the planning and operation of the Orange Line, Metro made extensive efforts to address stakeholders’ concerns, while still maintaining the integrity of the project and its goals.
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