The hotly anticipated successor to Measure R, which has funded the expansion of LA County's rail network since 2008 - including the Foothill Gold Line extension - would likely be placed before voters in November 2016. However, before that can happen, the Metro Board will have to craft and approve a measure they feel will be supported by 2/3rds of County voters.
Should the region focus the lion's share of additional transportation investments on highways? Public transit? Pedestrian and bicycle improvements?
How these questions are answered will determine if a future measure will accelerate the region's transition to a more equitable, sustainable and multi-modal transportation system.
SGVCOG Draft Recommendations
- 40% Transit - $1.32 billion for Foothill and Eastside Gold Line extensions and bus improvements
- 39% Highways - $1.29 billion for Capacity and "efficiency" improvements to the 10, 60, 605, 71, 210 and 710 freeways
- 7% Demand Based Program - High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) extensions and connectors (i.e. freeways)
- 6% Modal Connectivity - $198 million for First and Last Mile (to transit) and Complete Streets improvements
- 5% Active Transportation - $165 million for pedestrian and bike facilities
- 2% ITS/Technology - $65 million for advanced signal technology
- 1% Goods Movements - $33 million for railroad crossing improvements