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Transcript Part 5

What else does Metro fund?
Measuring the benefits

Part 5 - Video Transcript

Metro also funds a wide range of other projects and programs through the long range plan.  Although the plan doesn’t identify specific projects, the plan reserves funding for a variety of other regional project categories.  Some of these categories include the plan reserves funding for city street projects on major streets including lane widenings and turn lanes and even traffic signal coordination.  The plan reserves money for goods movement projects including projects such as bridges, underpasses for streets that cross rail lines like in the Alameda corridor east project.  As well as looking at projects from our new goods movement action plan which is developed in cooperation with our neighboring counties.

Metro is also looking at maximizing the current highway and our trail system through what’s called System Management and we’re recommending funding for computerized traffic control centers that help us manage traffic across cities and on the highways as well as provide information to the public and dispatch emergency vehicles.

The plan also dedicates funding for strategies that get us to leave our cars behind.  Programs such as our Ride Share and Van Pool programs, as well as working with cities on transit friendly urban design.  Looking at smart growth strategies so that people can live near transit and not even need to get in their cars.

Finally the plan looks at recommending bike lanes and pedestrian improvements and some of the types of projects include completing gaps in our county wide bike lane system, as well as encouraging urban design which promotes walking rather than driving.  And of course, taking your bike or walking promotes a healthier life style as well.

So that’s kind of a summary of the recommendations of the funded portion of the plan but we also need to look at how well the plan is performing to justify the investments that we’re making.  And we’ve looked at a variety of factors:  first we’ve looked at mobility and speed and we’ve looked at 2030 and we’ve compared how well the plan performs and we’ve looked at what would happen if we just have our current transportation system today and we found that freeway speeds, by implementing the plan, increased by 15% in 2030.  Also air quality improves by 5%.  We’ve also looked at how the plan benefits the transit dependent and minority populations and it clearly improves access county wide.  So we know we’re headed in the right direction, but we could do more and we could do more if we had more money to invest in the plan.

Metro financía una gran variedad de programas y proyectos
Proyectos y Programas (cont.)
Evaluando los beneficios

Parte 5 - Expediente Video

Metro financía una gran variedad de programas y proyectos

  1. Aunque el Plan no identifica proyectos específicos, el plan provee fondos para una variedad de proyectos regionales
    1. Calles
      1. Ampliación de carriles y de vuelta a la izquierda en las calles principales
      2. Coordina la sincronización de los semáforos
    2. Traslado de bienes de consumo
      1. Puentes y pasos a desnivel sobre las calles que cruzan las vías del tren, como el proyecto del corredor Alameda hacia el Este
      2. Proyectos como el Plan de Acción de Traslado de Bienes de Consumo desarrollado con otros condados  para coordinar la toma de decisiones en el futuro

Proyectos y Programas (cont.)

  • Operación del sistema
  1. Centros de Control de Computarización del tráfico –opera el tráfico en y entre las ciudades
  2. En carretras y en las calles
  3. Provée información al público y envían vehículos de emergencia
  • Modificar los habitos de viaje -
  1. Programas para compartir el viaje
  2. Diseño urbano de transporte público accesible –
  3. Alienta el uso de transporte público
  • Mejoras a carriles para bicicletas y para peatones
  • Completa las conexiones en el sistema de carriles para bicicletas
  • Alienta el diseño urbano que promueve caminar

Evaluando los beneficios

  1. Para justificar la inversion en un proyecto, tenemos que evaluar el rendimiento utilizando tres factores:
    1. Velocidad/Movilidad- Cuando comparemos a no hacer nada… el plan propone incrementar la velocidad promedio en las horas pico en las autopistas en un 15 por ciento para el 2030 (de 20 mph a 23 mph)
    2. Calidad del Aire – El plan mejorará la calidad del aire en un 5%
    3. Las persones que dependen del transporte público y las minorias
  1. Estamos avanzando en la direccion apropriada, pero podriamos hacer más si tuvieramos mas recursos para construir.