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.
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.
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:
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.