With the Summer Olympics and Paralympics coming to the Los Angeles region in 2028, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Metro are working on a “Twenty-Eight by ’28” plan to ensure that 28 key road and transit projects are completed by the time the Games arrive.
The plan’s point is this: the 2028 Games are a good milestone and target date to accomplish as much as the region can transportation-wise. Many of the projects are already scheduled to be done by then. Others would need additional funds to be accelerated and, as regular readers know, securing transpo funding is always a challenge.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t just about the Games. While the projects in the plan would certainly provide more options when it comes to getting around around during the Olympics and Paralympics, the projects would also improve everyday life in our region for many years after the Games leave town.
•17 road and transit projects already due to be completed by Metro by 2028. This includes three projects under construction — the Crenshaw/LAX Line, Regional Connector and Purple Line Extension of the subway to Westwood. Also on the list are three bus rapid transit (BRT) projects (Vermont Ave., NoHo to Pasadena, North San Fernando Valley, more here), the Gold Line to Claremont, ExpressLanes on the 405 between the Westside and San Fernando Valley and BRT or light rail between Van Nuys and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station.
We recently made a video that provides a glimpse of many of the transit projects:
•Eight road and transit projects that would need to be accelerated from the current Measure M timeline to be done for the Games. In other words, money would need to be found to move the completion dates forward and, under Measure M, accelerated projects can’t result in delays for other projects.
This list includes ExpressLanes on the 105 freeway between the 405 and 605, the Sepulveda Transit Corridor between the Orange Line and Westside, the Green Line extension to Torrance, the entire light rail line between Artesia and Union Station and an Eastside Gold Line extension to South El Monte or Whittier.
Metro is already at work looking at proposals from the private sector to accelerate the Sepulveda Transit Corridor and Artesia-to-Union Station projects.
•A trio of other projects not funded by Measures R or M. This includes Blue Line improvements, ExpressLanes on the 10 between the 605 and the San Bernardino County line and Microtransit, which is due to be piloted soon.
The plan will be considered by the Metro Board of Directors as part of their January agenda. There is no financial impact associated with adopting the plan.
Interesting stuff, I think. When it comes to transportation funding, one thing always remains true: funding flows to those agencies and regions that have firm plans in place and environmental studies completed. On that front, many of the required studies for the projects listed above are already underway or soon to begin.
The Metro Board will get a briefing on the plan at its meeting this Thursday but — to repeat — the Board won’t consider adopting the plan until its meeting on Jan. 25.