Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, chair of the council’s Transportation Committee, plans to address the Venice Neighborhood Council at its monthly meeting Tuesday, July 15th.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Westminster Elementary School auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The councilwoman plans to discuss development of the city’s Strategic Transportation Plan, a process that will yield a plan covering transportation projects and priorities over the next 20 years for Los Angeles.

“We are never going to solve our transportation crisis with a piecemeal solution,” Greuel has said about the plan. “During the last 20 years, the city’s transportation leadership has failed Angelenos by focusing on short-term political gains rather than long-term investments.

“In order to create the kind of transportation system we need, we must have a comprehensive citywide vision and invest in long term planning.”

Los Angeles was identified as the city with the most traffic congestion in the United States in a recent report from INRIX (see http://scorecard.inrix.com/score card/.

According to the report, gridlock faces Westside drivers and commuters throughout the Los Angeles basin on a daily basis. According to another study, traffic delays commuters an “extra 72 hours a year and annually wastes 57 gallons of fuel per traveler” (see http://mobility.tamu .edu/ums/ from the Texas Traffic Institute).

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