Measure R is funding new transportation projects and programs and accelerating those already in the pipeline.
Voters approved the measure in 2008 and it took effect July 2009. Over 30 years, it is projected to generate $40 billion for congestion relief projects.
Following are updates on a few of the projects supported by Measure R.
Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2
Public update meetings were held recently on the environmental study evaluating alternatives connecting the Metro Gold Line farther east from East LA. Metro is looking at two light rail transit alternatives for further review.
- Extending east from the Gold Line Atlantic Station 6.9 miles along the southern border of the Pomona Freeway with proposed stations.
- Extending east from the Gold Line Atlantic Station 9.3 miles along Garfield Avenue and Washington Boulevard to Whittier.
For more information visit: metro.net/eastsidephase2
Regional Connector Transit Corridor
The Metro Board of Directors approved a two-mile, fully underground light rail line for the route of the Regional Connector Transit Corridor connecting the Metro Gold Line, Metro Blue Line, and future Expo Line through Downtown LA.
- The route would connect with the Metro Blue and Expo lines at 7th Street/Metro Center Station and with the Metro Gold Line at Alameda Street.
- The Regional Connector will save approximately 20 minutes of travel time by eliminating transfers through Downtown.
- It is estimated to serve 90,000 passengers daily, including 17,000 new transit riders by 2035.
- Under the 30/10 Initiative leveraging Measure R funding with federal dollars, construction could begin in 2014 and be completed by 2019.
For more information visit: metro.net/regionalconnector
Westside Subway Extension
The Metro Board of Directors approved a subway extension running between the Wilshire/Western Metro Purple Line Station to Westwood/VA Hospital, a distance of approximately nine miles, for the route of the Westside Subway Extension.
- The $4.2 billion project will extend the subway system to Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood.
- A one-way trip between Union Station in Downtown LA and Westwood will take only 25 minutes.
- By 2035, it is estimated to attract nearly 53,000 riders boarding at the new stations along the extension.
- Under the 30/10 Initiative leveraging Measure R funding with federal dollars, construction could begin in 2013, with completion of the subway to the Westwood area by 2022.
For more information visit: metro.net/westside
Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project
The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project has received a $546 million federal loan to accelerate construction of a light rail line in the Crenshaw District along Crenshaw Boulevard from Exposition Boulevard to the Metro Green Line.
- The 8.5-mile line will connect the Metro Green Line Aviation Station near LAX and the Expo Line (currently under construction) at Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards.
- Proposed are seven new rail stations with an option for on additional.
- Green Line LAX Extension is a companion project and will connect the Metro Green Line Aviation Station to LAX.
- The federal loan for accelerating construction will be repaid over the next 30 years with funds from Measure R.
For more information visit: metro.net/crenshaw
Wednesday February 16, 2011
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