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.