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Source : Wikipedia Commons
August 11, 2022
Author : Patty Allen
Commuting across LA will get easier and faster, with LA Metro carrying out upgrades in tandem across sectors.
The Metro L Line (Gold) will be extended further east, from East Los Angeles to Whittier. The cities of Commerce, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and Whittier, as well as the unincorporated communities of East Los Angeles and West Whittier-Los Nietos, would be served by this extension.
The new rail corridor is expected to benefit commuters in a high-traffic corridor by providing more transportation options for these communities.
The Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project includes nine additional miles of new light rail transit (LRT) and the construction of seven new stations, including the relocation of the existing Atlantic Station in East LA.
The Regional Connector, a new Metro Rail extension under construction in downtown Los Angeles, will connect the project to the regional transit network.
The Regional Connector will allow Metro to run one-seat trains between Azusa and Long Beach, as well as another between East Los Angeles and Santa Monica, with a future extension to Whittier via the proposed Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project.
The Draft EIR for this project is currently available for review and comment. Please visit this link for more information on in-person and online hearings and to submit public comments.
Another project that has been proposed by the Metro, with groundwork being prepared for it, is the Crenshaw Northern Extension Project. This project would fill a major gap in the Metro Rail network and create opportunities by connecting the Crenshaw District, Mid-City, West Hollywood, and Hollywood.
A project which is in the offing that will help ease commute across the state is the North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project. This project is a proposed enhanced bus network that would increase connectivity and provide high-quality bus service and transit infrastructure in communities spanning the North San Fernando Valley from Northridge to North Hollywood. This new approach, known as the BRT Network Improvements, builds on prior studies and Metro Board direction, as well as the completion of an Alternatives Analysis for a single-line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in 2019.
It complements other Metro efforts to improve public transportation across the valley, including the NextGen Bus Plan, East San Fernando Valley Light Rail, North Hollywood to Pasadena Transit Corridor, Sepulveda Transit Corridor, G Line (Orange) Improvements, and Metro Micro.
The Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project is currently under Environmental Review and, upon completion, will help to improve transit between San Fernando Valley and Westside. Santa Monica Mountains offer a natural barrier between the Valley and Westside, requiring innovation and multiple solutions. Metro is evaluating options for a high-quality, reliable San Fernando Valley-Westside transportation service.
LA Metro is pushing to finish new transit projects to ease traffic during the 2028 Summer Olympics.
Metro also announced other projects like the soon-to-open Regional Connector Transit Project, which will link the Expo Line to the southern Gold Line (offering a one-seat journey to East LA) and the northern Gold Line to Long Beach. The Crenshaw Line will connect the Expo Line to LAX, while the Purple Line will stretch into West LA. A North Hollywood-to-Pasadena route and Sepulveda Transit Corridor are also envisaged.
A community gathering revealed that LA Metro would install 106 miles of fixed guideway network.
With huge dollars involved in these massive projects, LA Metro had pledged to award 28% of FTA-assisted contracts to DBEs.