Today, Metro moves 1.4 million customers per weekday. And tomorrow? We’re building a more robust, multimodal system that aims to transform the way we move in and around LA County.
- We’re adding 235 new light rail cars to our system, toward a future total of 337, to ensure the safety and comfort of our customers, and to serve new rail lines opening in 2016.
- We’ve also put into service 550 brand new buses that are specially designed to make travel easier for disabled passengers who depend on public transit. And Metro’s Board exercised another option to purchase an additional 350 40-foot buses.
- On the planning front, Caltrans and Metro released the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement for the SR-710 North transportation corridor improvement project. The Draft outlines the benefits, impacts and recommended mitigation for a number of alternatives leading to improved mobility and access in east/northeast Los Angeles and western San Gabriel Valley.
- For the I-710 South, two revised alternatives were released in June 2015, addressing the span from the Ports of LA to the SR-60 Pomona freeway, to improve air quality and congestion and assess alternative green goods movement technologies.
- We also released the High Desert Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Report to the public for comment. It’s one of the most comprehensive transportation plans ever proposed for the north county: a multimodal highway alternative from Palmdale to Victorville, linking SR-14 in LA County and SR-18 in San Bernardino County. Possible options include green energy production, bikeways and links to high-speed rail.
- Metro started construction on three rail projects, the Crenshaw/LAX, Purple Line Extension and the Regional Connector, which will expand Metro Rail reaching even more destinations throughout LA County.
- Our Eat, Shop, Play construction impact mitigation program launched this year to increase business visibility and seek stakeholder pledges to support businesses along construction corridors. A new Business Interruption Fund provides financial support to small mom-and-pop businesses directly impacted by construction, and the Crenshaw/LAX Business Solution Center offers business and other technical assistance.
- In 2016, we’ll open new segments of the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa and the Expo Line from Culver City to Santa Monica.