Community Meetings Next Week for the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor Project
Metro will be conducting another round of Community Update Meetings beginning next week to provide the public with the results of the technical analysis conducted on all the proposed northern alignment options and concepts as part of the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor Project. Meetings will take place in: Downtown LA at Metro Headquarters (3rd Floor, Board Room) on Monday, April 30 from 3pm to 5pm AND 6pm to 8pm; and in Paramount at Progress Park, West Community Center on Thursday, May 3 from 6pm to 8pm. For more information on these meetings, please click here.
The Vision 2028 Plan
A draft version of Metro’s Vision 2028 Plan was released on April 6 as part of a report to Metro’s Board of Directors. Vision 2028 focuses on the agency’s plan to improve mobility in LA County over the next ten years. It outlines Metro’s strategic direction and serves as the foundation for all other Metro plans, programs and services, including the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the NextGen Bus Study. Vision 2028 will be formally released to the public on Friday, April 27 for a four-week public comment period. The plan will then be considered by the Board of Directors at their June 28 meeting.
Metro is Applying for State Funds for Local Transit & Freight Corridor Projects
Metro is applying for $1.4 billion from the state’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) to help fund six major transit projects, including the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor. All six projects already have $4.8 billion in local funding including Measure R and Measure M. For more information on this effort, please click here.
In addition to these efforts, Metro is also applying for $742 million in Trade Corridor funds from the state’s Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP), which focuses on improving freight corridors throughout the state. Goods movement dependent industries total about one-third of LA County’s economy and support about one-third of the county’s jobs. TCEP funds would be combined with funds from Measure R and Measure M to help fund five projects, one of which is the I-605/SR-91 Interchange Improvement Project. For more information, please click here.