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L.A. Metro to Hold Three Virtual Public Meetings February 10, 16 and 27 to Present Early Traffic Reduction Study Concepts

Wednesday February 03, 2021

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will hold three virtual public meetings on February 10, 16 and 27 to present early concept areas that will be studied further for a potential traffic reduction pilot program as part of an update on the agency’s Traffic Reduction Study.

During these meetings, Metro will also share input received thus far and the ways in which it will inform the two-year feasibility study as it moves forward. Participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions and provide additional input.

Content for all meetings will be the same. Participants will be able to join online or call in. Live translations in Spanish will be available. Meeting dates are as follows:

Those who provide emails at registration will receive meeting log-in details and reminder notifications. Participants will not be signed up to receive further communications from Metro. Personal information will not be used for any other purposes.

Special ADA and Title VI accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date; please call the project information line at 213.393.3905 or California Relay Services at 711.

The study will focus on determining if, where and how a potential pilot program that includes congestion pricing and more high-quality transportation options could reduce traffic to make it easier for everyone to travel, regardless of how they travel. Ultimately a recommended pilot will be brought to the Metro Board of Directors, in partnership with one or more cities, for their consideration.

To date, efforts to ease traffic have not kept up with demands of long-term regional growth. While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced traffic congestion for the moment, traffic is likely to return and get worse as our economy and gets back on track. In fact, traffic is already returning. By the end of last summer, the overall travel on our regional freeway system was back to 90 percent of what it was before the pandemic in January 2020. The Traffic Reduction Study is an initiative under Metro’s strategic plan, Vision 2028, to make it easier to get around L.A. and plan for a future without chronic gridlock.

When used as part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce traffic, congestion pricing can encourage some people to change the way they travel some of the time. This could include traveling at a different time; taking a different route; using a different mode, such as carpooling, transit, walking, biking and rolling; combining and reducing trips or; traveling to another destination.

For additional information on why Metro is pursuing a Traffic Reduction Study, please visit https://thesource.metro.net/2020/09/16/why-are-we-pursuing-a-traffic-reduction-study/.

For additional project information, please visit https://www.metro.net/trafficreduction.

About Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is currently providing lifeline service for essential trips and frontline workers. Metro continues building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan.

Metro has proudly pledged to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Health and Safety Commitment Program to help ensure the safe return of transit riders as the U.S. recovers from the  COVID-19 pandemic.

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