Can the City of Lights Solve the Traffic Woes of the City of Angels?

Looking to Paris and Other Global Cities to Help Southern California Get Moving


In London, tourists happily buy T-shirts and mugs with the city’s iconic Underground logo or “Mind the Gap” slogan. The New York subway’s signage for famous stops like Grand Central or Penn Station is immediately recognizable throughout the world. These dense, global cities can market public transit as fun, stylish, and efficient. But visitors to Los Angeles probably won’t commemorate a bus or Metro ride with a souvenir—they are more likely to get stuck in traffic after landing at LAX.

Could L.A. improve mobility—and achieve worldwide renown—by emulating transportation systems in …

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