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Short Range Transporation Plan document image The 2003 Short Range Transportation Plan focuses on the phasing of transportation improvements through 2009 that will help put together the pieces of our mobility puzzle. The Plan relies on performance-based modeling to identify the best solution for each mobility challenge. In total, $19.3 billion is needed to fund this Plan’s transportation priorities through 2009. These include the costs of operating the current system and funding new transportation solutions.

Highlights include:

Improve Quality of Local Bus Service. Through the creation of five new service sectors, Metro is improving customer service by providing communities with more input into operations and improving operations by using regional transit resources more efficiently.

Local bus providers and Metro work together to provide efficient routing, service coordination, and to introduce new technology that will make travel more convenient, such as smart cards that allow seamless transfers. Metro is also developing a Hub and Spoke system to further improve customer service.

Expand the Metro Rapid Program. Twenty-eight new Metro Rapid bus lines will be implemented by 2009 that can reduce travel times for bus riders by 25%. This will result in over 400 miles of Metro Rapid, high capacity bus service that will serve 34 cities and 11 unincorporated LA County communities.

Expand the County’s Light Rail System. The Pasadena Metro Gold Line was completed in 2003, and the Eastside extension will be ready by 2009. These will form a single operating line extending from East Los Angeles into the San Gabriel Valley. Another rail line, the Exposition line toward Culver City, is under design with completion after 2009 (subject to funding availability). Finally, preliminary design is planned to begin on a Gold Line extension eastward to Claremont.

Introduce Metro Transitways. New, cutting-edge bus service using dedicated traffic lanes will be introduced. The centerpiece will be the 14-mile exclusive San Fernando Valley Metro Orange Line, followed by a project along Wilshire Blvd. that proposes exclusive, peak hour access to buses, subject to approval by cities. Transitways in the San Fernando Valley (north/south alignment) and along Crenshaw Blvd. could be implemented as funding becomes available.

Improve Metrolink Service. Commuters will benefit from new trains that expand and improve service. To improve efficiency and reduce travel time, track work and signal upgrades will also be completed.

Expand the Countywide Carpool Lane System. Metro plans to add 70 lane miles of carpool lanes by 2009, resulting in a 517-mile network throughout the county. If additional funding becomes available, the carpool network could be expanded by another 82 miles. Specific improvements include completing carpool lanes and/or connectors along the I-5, I-10, SR-14, SR-60 and I-405 freeways.

Improve Traffic Flow Through System Management. Information and technology, such as real-time management of our roadway system, will play larger roles in getting the most out of our system. Other programs like the Freeway Service Patrol will expand to bring traffic incident relief to more freeways and support freeway construction projects.

Encourage Alternatives to Driving Alone. Providing options to travelers is one way to reduce traffic congestion. Programs that encourage ridesharing, pedestrian travel, and move toward completion of a 406-mile Class I bicycle system will be developed and promoted. Metro will also implement parking policies for its Metro stations and explore a park-and-ride facility study.

Plan and Implement a Comprehensive Freight Movement Program. Metro will work with its partners to develop analytical tools and a strategic plan for addressing future goods movement growth. These partnerships will help develop dedicated funding sources that will pay for comprehensive freight related projects without impacting other transportation funding sources.

Implement Mechanisms to Link Growth with Transportation. The Mobility-21 Coalition for Los Angeles County will work to form public/private partnerships that can implement programs that provide meaningful incentives to better link land use and transportation planning.

The 2003 Short Range Transportation Plan was approved by Metro's Board on August 28, 2003.

For copies of the Plan or Technical Document, please call the Short Range Transportation Plan hotline at 213.922.2833 or contact Metro via e-mail at mtaplan@metro.net .

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