Even though its expansion plans have been reduced, Universal Studios has made a major commitment to do more than originally proposed to mitigate traffic in and around its studio and theme park ("Traffic Remains Issue in Universal Plan," Aug. 18). Instead of constantly criticizing Universal's development plan, those who oppose Universal's plans should commend the corporation for its willingness to take responsibility for the consequences of its operations. In fact, Universal should be held up as a role model for developers of large-scale projects that bring traffic into local communities.
When Universal first unveiled its ambitious expansion plan to the public two years ago, the company had in place numerous traffic measures, including an improved exit ramp from the Ventura Freeway, widening and reconfiguring local streets used to enter and exit Universal City, and many other traffic enhancements. As a long-time Hollywood Knolls resident, I was very pleased to learn about these traffic mitigations and improvements. I am even more pleased today and commend Universal for standing by its commitment, despite the fact that the reduced project will attract far less traffic than originally projected.
It's not often a big company will take its licks and still deliver as promised. Universal has accepted the substantial reductions in its project but has not abandoned its promises to the community.
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