Metro seeks input on modernizing Highway Program

Metro is seeking public input on how to modernize its Highway Program.

In June 2020, Metro’s Board of Directors directed staff to explore ways to modernize the agency’s Highway Program to better align it with policy goals of reducing vehicle miles traveled while exploring the expansion of eligible projects to include active transportation and “complete streets” improvements that focus on all forms of mobility rather than just vehicles.

The changes, if implemented, would open certain Measure R and Measure M funding that is now reserved only for traditional highway or roadway projects to new types of improvements. Those improvements include bikeways, sidewalk and pedestrian safety improvements, bus prioritization and explicitly using reductions in vehicle miles traveled as a criterion for planning and designing projects.

The recommended changes would not affect projects already being planned.

Metro has already circulated its plan to Councils of Governments across Los Angeles County for feedback and is now looking for the public to weigh in on how best to modernize the program. To view the plan, which is split into two documents, visit:

http://bit.ly/HighwayA
http://bit.ly/HighwayB

Feedback and comments can be emailed to MMGuidelines@metro.net or mailed to:

LA Metro
One Gateway Plaza, M/S 99-23-3
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Attention: MR MM Guidelines Revisions

Metro intends to present its final plan to the Board of Directors as soon as June for adoption.

 

Categories: Policy & Funding, Projects

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