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There is so much going on in City Hall when it comes our transportation. Whether we are talking about:

Measure R

In November 2008, Measure R was approved by a two-thirds majority, committing a projected $40 billion to traffic relief and transportation upgrades throughout the county over the next 30 years.

Measure R will help fund dozens of  transit and highway projects, create  210,000 new construction jobs and infuse an estimated $32 billion back into the local economy, according to estimates by the nonprofit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

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Image from The Wall Street Journal

Image from The Wall Street Journal

Subway To The Sea

A subway to provide a high-capacity, high-speed, train for those traveling to LA’s “second downtown.” The area includes key job destinations such as Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood including the UCLA campus. Over 300,000 people travel into the Westside every day for work from areas throughout the County.

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Expo Light Rail Line

Image from The Transist Coalition

Image from The Transist Coalition

The Exposition Light Rail Transit Line (Expo Line) will travel along the Exposition railroad right-of-way between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. It will share a track and two stations (7th St/Metro Center and Pico) with the Metro Blue Line as it leaves downtown Los Angeles. It will then travel along the Exposition right-of-way to the newly approved and funded aerial station at Venice/Robertson. Nine new stations will be constructed along the Expo Line route. In addition to the station at Venice/Robertson, the new stations will be located on Flower at 23rd Street and Jefferson, and on Exposition Boulevard at USC/Expo Park, Vermont, Western, Crenshaw, La Brea, and La Cienega.

The Expo Line will be approximately 8.6 miles in length and parallel the heavily congested I-10 freeway. Estimated travel time from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City is under 30 minutes with a projected ridership of 27,000 by 2020. The Expo Line project is considered a “Transit Parkway” that will be enhanced by bike and pedestrian paths, as well as trees and landscaping along the alignment.
(From Build Expo)

30/10

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa put forth a proposal that started with the passage of Measure R, in which Los Angeles County voters agreed to increase the sales tax by half a cent for 30 years in order to raise $40 billion to construct a specific roster of mass transit projects, including westward extension of the subway to Santa Monica and additions to the light-rail Gold Line in the San Gabriel Valley.

In essence, Villaraigosa wants Washington to give the Metropolitan Transportation Authority what amounts to a bridge loan so that rather than stretching the construction projects out over three decades, as Measure R anticipated, all the work can be completed in just 10 years. The loan would be secured by the tax revenue county voters already have pledged to the projects.
(The LA Times)

The list is seemingly endless, but for this post I don’t want to leave out our bicyclists.

City Ordinance for the Harassment of Bicyclists

Image from SF Street blog

Image from SF Street blog

As more Angelenos are taking to the streets with their bicycles in ever-increasing numbers, the City of Los Angeles is moving forward to provide a safer environment to ride. Last week the Public Safety Committee recommended that the City Council approve establishment of a new civil ordinance to protect bicyclists from harassment and abuse. This week the full Council votes on the ordinance being established by the City Attorney.

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All this being said, I have enlisted some help with City Hall Issues.
We will start tackling these issues one by one.

Thank you Metro.


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