A new transit station that will help passengers quickly reach LAX terminals and a project to allow more frequent Red/Purple Line subway service were awarded a combined $109 million in state cap-and-trade funds, the California State Transportation Agency announced earlier this week.
The two Metro projects receiving funds:
•The Red/Purple Line Core Capacity Improvements Project will receive $69.2 million in cap-and-trade funds. A newly widened portal southeast of Union Station and new tracks and switches will allow trains to turn around more quickly at Union Station so that subway trains could potentially run every four minutes on each line (and every two minutes between Union Station and Wilshire/Vermont, where the lines split) at peak hours compared to 10 minutes currently. The project will also reduce waiting times for riders and greatly expand the capacity of the subway, which is being extended to the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood.
As many subway riders know, many Red/Purple Line trains now switch tracks before entering Union Station — the reason that some trains crawl in and out of the station. In plain English, this project allows that switching to take place after riders get on or off trains.
•The Airport Metro Connector transit station will receive $40 million in cap-and-trade funds. Riders on Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line will use the station — to be located at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street — to transfer to the Automatic People Mover that will serve the LAX terminals. The people mover will be built operated by Los Angeles World Airports. The Connector station is being designed to include a full transit building, pedestrian plaza and bicycle facilities. The goal is to complete both the people mover and connector station in time for a potential 2024 Summer Olympics.
The state’s cap-and-trade system sells permits to businesses that emit greenhouse gases (which are responsible for climate change). Funds from the cap-and-trade system are used to help pay for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote transportation options and improve the state economy. This round of funding distributed $390 million for 14 projects around the state.
Want to reduce your own greenhouse gas output? Generally speaking, taking transit instead of driving alone is one easy way to help Mama Earth.