When I first heard about the free shuttle in Manhattan Beach west of Sepulveda, I said, “Once again, the east side is being ignored.” I feel most able bodied people could easily walk from Sepulveda Boulevard to the downtown area (“Council approves one year extension for Downtowner, but owner waivers,” ER July 20, 2017). I am 80 and could probably still do it. The East side is where this service should have started to get a true representation of interest. The shuttle could avoid Manhattan Beach Boulevard by using 2nd and 8th streets to cross Sepulveda. Many people are going elsewhere to spend their money because parking and traffic have become so bad in downtown Manhattan Beach.
May I remind you that once the East side had a wonderful little library that was well-used. Sadly, the decision was made to close it. I guess most of those in charge figured no one East of Sepulveda could read. Apparently they are not worthy of a free ride either.
I am sitting at the Coffee Bean on Manhattan Beach Boulevard in downtown Manhattan Beach at 3 p.m. and traffic is constant (“Council approves one year extension for Downtowner, but owner waivers,” ER July 20, 2017). We need better transit ideas. More Lyft and Uber cars clogging up traffic in front of the Kettle is not the answer. Let’s work with what cuts down on parking and traffic. Yes, the free Downtowner service may have been a ruse to get in. However, should we just ignore the experiment? Free transit at approximately $50 per parcel is interesting and…
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