We’re one week shy of the fourth anniversary of the passage of Measure R by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. The half-cent sales tax approved for 30 years upended everything: a host of transit and road projects that otherwise lacked funding suddenly had some dollars behind them.
Or to put it in less bureaucratic terms: projects such as the Westside Subway Extension were basically dead — it was a nice idea that lacked one cent in funding. Measure R gave it life.
To put it mildly, there’s a lot of balls in the air at Metro right now because of Measure R. To help all of us remember what-is-where, I’ve put together a brief status update for the transit projects covered by Measure R. I’ll write about some of the road projects later this week.
Before launching into this list, a quick sentence about Measure R: It’s not just building projects. The sales tax increase also provided money for bus and rail operations as well as local transportation projects by returning 15 percent of Measure R proceeds to local cities and unincorporated areas. Here’s the full Measure R expenditure plan.
Also, a word about completion dates for projects: they are subject to change depending on funding (not all the money is coming from Measure R), construction timelines and other factors that impact large infrastructure projects. It’s also important to note that the Measure J ballot measure proposes to accelerate some projects scheduled for the second and third decades of Measure R. More information is available here.
Measure R transit projects
Orange Line Extension: The four-mile extension of the Orange Line busway between Canoga Park and Chatsworth opened this summer. Originally slated to receive Measure R funding, the project was finished on-time and on-budget and didn’t need the Measure R dollars.
Expo Line Phase 2: The 6.6-mile extension of the Expo Line light rail from its current terminus in Culver City to 4th & Colorado in Santa Monica is under construction by the Expo Line Construction Authority. The projected completion date of construction work is late 2015. Project website
Gold Line Foothill Extension: The 11.5-mile extension of the Gold Line light rail from eastern Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border is under construction with work being overseen by the Foothill Extension Construction Authority. The estimated completion date for construction is late 2015. Project website