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Transcript Part 3

The Process
20 Years of Progress
The Financial Picture

Part 3 - Video Transcript

In order to do the plan right, we move from step to step through the planning process.  First we establish performance criteria to measure the benefit of the projects.  We also honor past commitments and we’ve included in the draft 2008 plan all the projects that were adopted by the Metro board in the 2001 long range plan.  We look at how much money is available and particularly available for new projects.  Then we evaluate the benefit of new projects and we’ve included those recommendations for existing projects and new projects in our draft long range plan that’s available for your review.  A final plan is prepared and that final plan will be presented to the Metro board in June of this year.

Sometimes we wonder “What can we really accomplish in a 20 year period?” and it’s kind of helpful to look back and see what we have accomplished.  We’ve taken a look at the transportation system in 1980 and for example, the highway system, while it included many of our current freeways, had only one car pooling county wide; today we have a county wide system of over 450 miles and have the nation’s largest car pooling system.  In 1980 we had much of our local bus system but we had only one transit way and today we’ve created a variety of new transit innovations including our Metro Rapid System which will soon have 28 lines across the county, we now have 35 miles of dedicated bus lanes including the highly successful orange line through the San Fernando Valley and we’ve built 73 miles of Metro rail network county wide.  We’ve also funded the Metro Link commuter rail network and 200 miles of the 500 mile system are in Los Angeles County and connects our county with other counties.

Now one of our main challenges in developing the long range plan pure and simple is a lack of money.  We’ve also experienced an increase in construction cost over the last several years, so the money we have doesn’t go as far and that’s a real change since we’ve developed our last plan.  Now we know that the amount of money we expect to receive is just not keeping pace with the growth we expect over the next 20 years.

We are lucky in Los Angeles County that we have a local source of money from our local sales tax that helps pay for improvements, but to keep pace with our future needs its clear we need more money.  Now part of the plan is to look at what we can do within existing resources and we are able to keep pace with existing commitments, we’re keeping those in place although some projects will be delayed.  But another part of the plan is looking at new funding.


Para hacerlo bien, lo haremos paso a paso
Que se puede hacer en 20 años
Recursos Financieros

Parte 3 - Expediente Video

Para hacerlo bien, lo haremos paso a paso:

  1. Establecer un criterio de evaluación de rendimiento
  2. Respetar nuestros compromisos anteriores

Determinar los recursos disponibles

  1. Evaluar posibles proyectos nuevos
  2. Desarrollar un plan de recomendaciones preliminares
  3. Un plan final

Que se puede hacer en 20 años…

  1. A veces es difícil apreciar cuanto se ha hecho para mejorar nuestros viajes diarios…y cuanto se puede hacer durante el periodo de vida de un plan.
  2. En 1980: habia un carril para compartir el viaje, hoy en día tenemos más de 450 millas
  3. En 1980: habia un carril exclusivo de autobuses, hoy en día tenemos un sistema de transporte público en el condado:
    1. Servicio de autobus innovador, Metro Rapid y la Línea Naranja de Metro con 35 millas of carriles exclusivos
    2. 73 millas de red de vías de trenes Metro
    3. Más de 200 millas de trenes para viajar al trabajo que conectan a Los Angeles con otros condados.

Recursos Financieros

  1. El reto principal es la falta de recursos y los costos de la construción—El mundo ha cambiado desde el 2001…
  2. Los fondos que esperamos recibir no serán suficiente para sostener el paso del crecimiento pronosticado
  3. Somos afortunados en el condado de Los Angeles — porque contamos con nuestros propios recursos locales por medio de los impuestos de la venta que nosotros mismos pagamos
  4. Para mantenernos al mismo nivel—es claro que se necesita más dinero
  5. Parte del plan es evaluar que podemos hacer con recursos existentes…y

La otra parte del plan es buscar nuevas alternativas de financiamiento

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