The Metro Board of Directors will hold a public hearing for Metro’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year — and we want to hear from you! The virtual hearing is Wednesday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m..
The proposed budget covers the fiscal year that begins this July 1 through June 30, 2023.
To participate in the virtual public hearing, click here on the day of the meeting. Public comments can be submitted prior to the meeting by email (by 5 pm a day before the meeting) to BoardClerk@metro.net, or regular mail addressed to LACMTA – Board Secretary’s Office, One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-3-1, LA, CA 90012. You can also comment during the meeting — we’ll post those instructions well ahead of the meeting.
Click here to view the FY23 Proposed Budget.
Some highlights of the proposed FY23 Budget:
- The proposed $8.8-billion budget for FY23 is balanced and centers on restoring and enhancing transit service back to pre-pandemic levels with a clear focus on the customer experience and conducting Metro’s core business of planning, operations and construction activities through an equity lens.
- As L.A. County continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro gears up to rebuild ridership by expanding rail and bus service. Bus service will grow to 7.1 million service hours, an amount that exceeds pre-pandemic levels and represents a 2 percent increase over the estimates included in the current year’s budget. Rail service is proposed to grow to 1.3 million service hours, a 19 percent increase over the current budget.
- The proposed FY23 Budget also includes substantial capital investments for the upkeep of the existing Metro bus and rail system, and continues implementation of NextGen bus speed and reliability improvements.
- Critical to the development of the FY23 Budget, and the planned restoration of service, has been the financial support provided through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).
- The budget includes funds for the Crenshaw/LAX Line Phase 1 and Regional Connector projects, which are poised to begin operations in the first half of FY23. The Crenshaw/LAX Line offers access to the Crenshaw Corridor and city of Inglewood while the Regional Connector is tying together the A (Blue), E (Expo) and L (Lines) for quicker trips to and through downtown L.A.
- Introduction of the Reimagining Public Safety initiative which looks to enhance public safety through a 12.5 percent increase. The effort will deploy resources based on an equitable analytics-led approach and consists of: doubling the transit ambassador program, growing homeless and mental health outreach activities, and adding unarmed security officers to the system.
- Continued investment in the region’s future including: ongoing construction of the D Line (Purple) Subway extension; the L Line (Gold) Foothill Extension; the Airport Metro Connector; Interstate-5 North Capacity Enhancements; the SR57/60 Interchange Improvement, and; other projects throughout the region.
Categories: Policy & Funding