Southern California has always been a place planned 'for the automobile'. That is to say that that the sole focus of Southern California's...
Southern California has always been a place planned 'for the automobile'. That is to say that that the sole focus of Southern California's transportation planning is to develop transportation infrastructures such as widening freeways or building more freeways to improve the regional transportation mobility and as well as planning residential zones horizontally so that citizens have to drive a long distance before they can get to their workplace. However, with the 21st century energy crisis combine with the increasing traffic jam that the citizens in Southern California have to deal with every single day, automobiles incurs a lot of economic cost for the society. Hence, making it the most inconvenient mode of transportation. Additionally, government's continuation into putting funds on improving this broken system would not solve the mobility problems that is affecting the daily citizen's life.
My SRP looks at the cost and benefit analysis of the Inter-city railway system. Data analysis show that inter-city railway provide a higher economic benefit in inter-city railway than highway expansion as inter-city railway reduces delay in traffic congestion, alleviate the cost of individual’s gas bill and reduce the cost of cleaning up the pollution in the airspace. Evidences was gathered through taking survey with the locals, analyzing ridership figures and looking at the underlying reasons why the citizens approve transportation legislations, such as Proposition 1A, in spite of them being expensive. The end result would demonstrate that building inter-city railway would be a solution for the future transportation problem.