HWR, July 5: IOC says L.A. and Paris bids for Summer Olympics and Paralympics are “outstanding”

A screen grab of the IOC’s new video on the L.A. and Paris bids. Credit: International Olympic Committee.

The International Olympic Committee today released their evaluations of the L.A. and Paris bids for the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Both bids are called “outstanding.”

As you have probably heard on the news in recent months, the IOC in September will announce a winner for 2024 and the 2028 Games — something they haven’t done before. That seemingly bodes well for both bid efforts.

Transportation, of course, figures prominently in both bids. You can watch the IOC’s video here. And here are a couple of slides from the IOC’s report on the bids:

Many of the Olympic venues that are part of the L.A. bid are near busy transit lines — with venues clustered in downtown L.A., Long Beach, Santa Monica and the Sepulveda Basin adjacent to the Orange Line busway. The Athletes Village would be at UCLA in Westwood.

The IOC put north on the left side of the map.

Attentive Source readers know that Los Angeles County voters in 2008 and 2016 approved sales tax ballot measures (Measure R in ’08, Measure M in ’16) to greatly expand transit here.

As a result, three projects are under construction:

•The Crenshaw/LAX Line, which has a forecast opening of fall 2019. Recent construction pics.

•The Purple Line Extension of the subway from Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/La Cienega, forecast to open in late 2023. Recent construction pics.

•The Regional Connector to tie together the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines to speed up train trips to and through downtown L.A. has a forecast opening of late 2021. Recent construction pics.

Under Measure M, the 2020s are already a busy time for transit expansion. Among the projects to be built are the Purple Line subway to Westwood, the Gold Line extension to Claremont, the 96th Street Station where Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line riders will transfer to a new LAX Automated People Mover, light rail between downtown L.A. and Artesia, bus rapid transit between North Hollywood and Pasadena, bus rapid transit on Vermont Avenue, a transit line on Van Nuys Boulevard north of the Orange Line and improvements to speed up the Orange Line.

The full Measure M spending plan is here along with project descriptions.

Metro is also in the process of evaluating several proposals for public-private partnerships that could accelerate several transit projects. The agency is also working on an update to its long-range transportation plan that will formalize project delivery dates.

 

6 replies

  1. The IOC is right that the Valley and South Bay “sports parks” have limited capacity for transit. No Sepulveda rail line would be completed even by 2028 and no rail or high capacity bus is being proposed to the CSUDH/Stubhub Center complex, despite CSUDH growing to beyond 20,000 students in the coming years. It is the forgotten CSU compared to Cal State LA, Long Beach State, or Cal State Northridge, all of which are major bus hubs for their region.

    • It’s supposed to be a two-year process, beginning this year with much of the work next year.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • Perhaps — 2024 will be 100th anniversary of the last time that Paris hosted, so there’s that. I think 2024 or 2028 is good for L.A. and 2028 gives the city some breathing room to make a number of civic improvements.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source