Staff report on Measure R second and third decade projects

Measure R 2nd/3rd decade update

The Metro Board of Directors is gearing up for its September meetings and agendas are now posted for Board Committees.

Of those, I thought the above Metro staff report above was the most interesting. It provides an update on the status of Measure R transit and road projects. It also explains a policy decision that the Board may make this month on moving ahead with the planning documents for a variety of projects due to be completed in the second and third decade of Measure R — i.e. the 2020s and 2030s.

On the transit side, this includes projects such as an extension of the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 (a possible Gold Line extension), the South Bay Green Line Extension and a transit project to span the Sepulveda Pass, among others. There’s more info on metro.net’s planning page.

The item is scheduled to be discussed at the Board’s Planning Committee meeting this afternoon at 2:30 p.m.  If you have questions about any of the ongoing studies, I’ll try to answer them on the comments page.

11 replies

  1. Hi Steve. With regards to the Airport Metro Connector Project, is that mainly to connect the Green Line to the future station at Aviation/Century or to extend it into the terminals? If LAWA decides to build a people mover to connect with Crenshaw Line, wouldn’t the Metro Airport Connector Project not need to reach all the way into the terminals and therefore that money could be allocated to other projects?

    • Hey Jose,

      There are six different alternatives being studied for the Airport Connector; the basic idea is to find the best way to get riders from the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Green Line to the airport terminals. It could be a bus, light rail extension or people mover built in cooperation with the airport.

      On a side note: the Crenshaw/LAX Line will allow Green Line trains to run directly to the new Aviation/Century station. So the challenge is really figuring out whether it’s best to have a people mover go there, extend the rail line to a nearby transfer to the people mover or run trains all the way into the terminals, which is extremely expensive.

      Hope that helps!

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • Hi Adam;

      Nope. So far the only part of 30/10 that was approved by Congress is an expanded federal loan program under the America Fast Forward label. That will help fund some Metro projects, but it doesn’t include the kind of money needed to accelerate the projects. In all likelihood, what’s needed is an expanded federal bond program and/or an extension of Measure R. An extension was put to voters last November and didn’t quite reach the two-thirds it needed for approval — it got 66.1 percent and needed 66.7 percent of the votes.

      The Metro Board did approve an acceleration strategy in June. That will depend on the bond program and/or Measure R extension. Staff was asked to report back on when it might be best to go back to voters on this.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • Hi Alex;

      There is no section dedicated to 2A, a first decade project now under construction. But there is a section on 2B, the Azusa-to-Montclair segment. No one is being dissed.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. Any news on when Angel’s Flight will be back up again? I mean, in this day and age, you’d expect http://angelsflight.com/ or the recorded message would be updated so that it’s closed undergoing NTSB review. Yet nothing of the sort is noted anywhere, you only realize it’s closed once you get there. Seriously man, people get their info from Google searches “Angels Flight” and expect a webpage dedicated to Angels Flight would be updated with the most recent information.

    • Hi Paul;

      I haven’t heard anything but I believe the media stories said it may be a while due to the NTSB investigation that will take place. Just to clarify for other readers: Angels Flight is not operated by Metro.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • Hey Mike:

      One of the project to receive Measure R funding seeks to turn that old right-of-way into a transit project. The initial studies were done by the Southern California Assn. of Governments — here’s the link: http://www.scag.ca.gov/perow/index.html

      It’s a third decade Measure R project so there remains a lot of work to do to get it fully funded and such.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source