POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION: 10 and 110 Freeway Express Lanes, commentary, "preliminary data": Editorial, "Misreading L.A. County freeway data can take a toll"....
***Following up on most recent earlier report noted here (10 and 110 Freeway, motorists' choices, "tale of two commuters")....
* Daily News (Los Angeles Newspaper Group editorial): "Misreading L.A. County freeway data can take a toll" - From the DN:
People feel very strongly both ways about the rise of freeway toll lanes in Southern California -- or, actually, three ways. They love it, they hate it -- or they feel passionately that it's too soon to decide.
The passionate wait-and-see crowd, of which this editorial board is a charter member, was roused to howls of laughter if not outright protest a week ago when the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority released a set of early data on the use of the new ExpressLanes on the 10 and 110 freeways. To its credit, Metro did emphasize that the data is "preliminary," and that more comprehensive, independent evaluations will come in the months ahead.
But that didn't stop Metro's house blogger from jumping to a few hasty conclusions about the effectiveness of the pay-as-you-go experiment. Rosy conclusions, if you hadn't guessed. And that didn't stop some readers of the statistics from pointing to signs of "success," including a transportation consultant -- a former Metro executive -- whose quotes were featured by our reporter.
Such exuberance wouldn't be a problem if there weren't so many questions still to be answered, such broad implications for the region's way of life, and so much potential for the perception of success or failure in L.A. County to influence decisions in other counties like San Bernardino to plan toll lanes of their own.
There are practical questions: . . . . . . . .
And there are mega-questions: . . . . . . . .
Answers to some of these questions will come eventually. Let's not rush to judgment..................