Angela Martin lives in Hyde Park and commutes to her office near Pershing Square every day. “It’s exhausting,” said the 32-year-old community organizer, who spends nearly 10 hours a week commuting to and from work. But for residents like Angela, an ambitious plan by L.A.’s Metro Agency will connect communities without access to light rail to Los Angeles’s growing public transit network. 

“They’re expanding the Metro line to Hyde Park?” asked Ms. Martin. “Shit, I’m going to have to move.” 

Los Angeles’s Metro Rail is undergoing an unprecedented expansion with new routes currently under construction and even more in the design phase. The new rail services are being funded through the “Measure M” permanent sales tax that was approved by voters in 2016.

“We believe Los Angeles should have a world-class, commuter-friendly public transit system,” said Metro CEO Phillip Washington, who expects his ambitious slate of new transit projects to be completed shortly after the residents currently living along the expanded service areas get priced out.

The Avocado spoke to Devin Duplass, a 28-year-old software engineer renting a studio in Santa Monica for $3,800 a month who was excited about the metro expansion. “I would not live in Hyde Park now, but once the new Metro project is completed and they build an Archstone and a few Veggie Grills it may be a more affordable option for guys like me who are rich, but aren’t like super villain rich, which is really what you need to be to live on the West Side. It’s so unfair.”

But for Angela Martin, who has lived in Hyde Park her entire life, these improvements to her community are bittersweet. “On the one hand, it’s nice to see Hyde Park finally get some much-needed infrastructure improvements. But for those of us who don’t own a home, we’re going to have to move out to like Commerce to afford anything in L.A. County. And Commerce fuckin’ sucks.” 

Proposed Map of LA Transit in 2028

 

UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs will begin offering a Masters Degree program in understanding Los Angeles’s parking restrictions beginning in 2020.

The two-year course is part of an initiative by UCLA and other public universities to prepare graduates with practical, rather than purely theoretical, skills that may help them out of the crippling debt and underemployment that often accompanies getting a graduate degree in the liberal arts.

“We believe this degree offers a great opportunity for our students,” said the Jeffrey Katzenberg Chair of Parking Regulations and Indiginous Studies, Dr. Mordechai “Shelly” Abramowitz. “Tuition for the two-year program is $80,000, which we think is a good investment since our graduates will be driving all over L.A. as Uber drivers working to pay off the tuition for this program for the next 40 or 50 years. The money saved from not getting so many tickets over that long of a period can really add up.”

Classes will be held every day between 3-5PM, except Wednesdays when the classroom will be off-limits for sweeping.

The Avocado reached out to UCLA’s Dean of Physic Sciences, Dr. Miguel Garcia-Garibay, for more information about the program, which honestly just confused him since the degree was not part of the physics department. We then asked him to explain to us how planes fly, but we couldn’t follow any of what he was saying.