Metro seeking funds for four projects from Congested Corridors Program

We’ve been writing recently about the $2.4 billion that Metro is applying for from various state programs. Next up: the Senate Bill 1 Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP).

L.A. County — shocker — has seven of the 10 most congested corridors in the state and our region is a perennial contender/winner of most traffic congested metro area rankings. Another stat: our area has 43 percent of the traffic congestion in California. As you likely know or guessed.

The SCCP awards $250 million annually for projects that improve transportation, the environment or community access within highly congested travel corridors. Metro is seeking multi-year funding for four projects:

•The Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station, which will be the transfer point between the Crenshaw/LAX and Green Lines, buses and the future LAX people mover. Fun fact: The 16.6-mile stretch of the 405 between the 10 and 110 accounts for 10 percent of all vehicle delay in the county. The Aviation/96th Station is projected to have 14.5 million annual transit boardings by 2035 and will provide an alternative to driving to LAX.

•The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, which will build a bus rapid transit or light rail line between Van Nuys and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station.

The Interstate 5 Golden State Chokepoint Relief Project, which will build HOV and truck bypass lanes along the 5 freeway in northern Los Angeles County between the 14 freeway and Parker Road.

The Orange Line Improvements Project, which proposes to speed up the Orange Line by building a grade separation and adding crossing gates along the busway’s route.

Senate Bill 1 was approved by the Legislature in 2017 and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill raised the state gas tax (for the first time in 23 years) and state vehicle fees and will supply a perpetual source of funding to fix California roadways, improve transit and build walking and biking projects.

Metro feels that it is very well positioned to win SB 1 funding because we have local funding to match state funding courtesy of Measures R and M. Those are the sales tax measures that L.A. County voters approved in 2008 and ’16, respectively, to fund a long list of transportation projects.

Previous posts: 

Metro seeks $2.4 billion from SB1

SB 1 supports jobs, economic activity and investment in California, new report finds

Metro is applying for $1.4 billion in state TIRCP funds to help fund six transit projects

3 replies

  1. Related to the Van Nuys project, BART in San Jose is making massive changes to how subways are built in the United States. Their 7 km San Jose/Santa Clara extension is going to be built in the model of the price effective Barcelona method.

    One large, single bore tunnel. No station boxes built. No utility relocation done. No street disruption to build station boxes. And it costs less to build than traditional twin bore tunnels as we are doing for the purple line.

    Barcelona Line 9 built a single bore tunnel that is 45 km long, because the longer the line and the more stations it encompasses, the greater the savings. BART for their short 7 km three station is saving about 100 million in construction cost.

    So LA has a potential 45 km line that could probably be built along the BART/Barcelona single bore method for the current amount funded and allocated.

    Combine the Sepulveda line and the Van Nuys line. Single seat ride from Sylmar to LAX via westwood is 45 km.

    use 4 TBMs working simultaneously, and you can have the tunneling done in 3 ish years.

  2. I’m not sure that I would call the horrific traffic congestion on the I-405 between the I-10 and I-110 (10% of all vehicle delay in the county) a “fun fact”. And I’m at a loss to know how any of the four suggested “solutions” for the Congested Corridors Program will provide an alternative to gridlock on the I-405.

    And here’s my own “fun fact”: The one Metro project which will provide a mass transit alternative – Phase 3 of the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor – has a projected opening date of 2057-2059.