Moving Los Angeles Into the Future
Over the last 25 years, we have made tremendous progress in creating more transportation options for everyone who lives, works and plays throughout Los Angeles County. There is even more to come with 3 rail lines under construction and set to open in the next four years, and more transit and highway projects moving forward. At the same time, Metro is always thinking about the future. We are currently working to update our Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) that was last adopted in 2009 . Once approved by the Metro Board of Directors, the LRTP serves as a blueprint for how Metro will spend anticipated revenues in the coming decades to:
- Operate and maintain our current and planned system;
- Continue to deliver on our commitments from the 2009 LRTP ; and
- Identify any new projects, programs, or initiatives.
As we develop the new LRTP, Metro will consider the new revenue source generated by Measure M, the half-cent sales tax ballot measure that was approved by 71.15% of the voters in 2016. Our current schedule anticipates adopting a new LRTP in the next two years.
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Measure M sets the stage for a new, innovative Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) because of its transformative scope. It established a new baseline from which to plan and program. Ongoing population, demographic, employment, economic, fiscal and land use changes necessitate an evaluation of how to best address these influences. With these ongoing changes and the transformative scope of Measure M, Metro’s roles and priorities envisioned for it are evolving. Importantly, during the 40-year planning period of the LRTP, a new transportation paradigm can reasonably be expected with the technological innovations already occurring. Now is the time for Metro to be comprehensive and innovative.
A framework outline for the LRTP has been prepared, refining the concept presented to the Board in February 2017. It is designed to be modular, dynamic and comprehensive, addressing a continuum of periods. Modular means that the LRTP is flexible and differentiated, recognizing that agency staff, external partners and communities have varying levels of interests and responsibilities. This also allows for interim deliverables to be prepared during the update process. Dynamic means the LRTP will deliberately create areas of overlap between stand-alone modules to reinforce continuous integration and comprehensiveness. This flexibility also allows for the plan to address a continuum of timing milestones to be adaptable in meeting near term and long range needs. Comprehensive means that the LRTP will fully integrate and strengthen connections between existing plans and programs, along with adding new features to bridge gaps or accommodate future additions.
Importantly, this approach allows concurrent and iterative preparation of the modules. After the update is completed, the interdependencies between modules reinforce the connectedness and equivalent importance of each module in consistently implementing the LRTP. With the modular continuum approach, the LRTP will thoroughly address stakeholders and partners; meet federal requirements; and achieve a quality, comprehensive transportation plan for Los Angeles County.
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