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L.A. Metro advances two rail projects

Posted on October 29, 2010

[IMAGE]L-A-Metro-subway-full-2.jpg[/IMAGE]The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors approved the environmental drafts for the Westside Subway Extension and Regional Connector projects, clearing the way for both projects to enter final environmental review and preliminary engineering.

In approving the environmental drafts, the board also approved Metro staff recommendations for the Locally Preferred Alternatives (LPA) — the routes the projects would take through their respective project areas.

In the Final EIS/R phase, agency planners will further analyze environmental issues for route and station options that were carried forward from the draft. At the end of the approximately one-year final environmental review process, the Metro board will decide the project that will ultimately be built utilizing local Measure R transportation sales tax monies. Metro is also currently seeking matching funds through the federal New Starts Program for these projects.

Both projects are expected to fill two major gaps in the Los Angeles area rail system, providing faster, more reliable travel times for transit commuters while increasing project trips throughout the Metro Rail system.

The Westside Subway Extension, a $4.2 billion project (in 2009 dollars), would extend Los Angeles’ subway system to Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood, a congested and jobs-rich region of Los Angeles that has waited several decades for rail service. A one-way trip between Downtown L.A. and Westwood is forecast to take only 25 minutes.

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By 2035, the project is estimated to generate nearly 53,000 boardings at new stations along the alignment. The number of transit trips increases to nearly 81,000 when new station boardings are combined with riders who board the new line from elsewhere on the Metro Rail system. Construction could begin in 2013, with completion of the subway to the Westwood area by 2022 if Metro is successful in securing advance federal funding.

The Regional Connector, a $1.32 billion project (in 2009 dollars), would tie together all light rail lines in downtown L.A., providing major regional north/south and east/west rail line linkages that would give transit commuters a one-seat, one-ticket ride and significant travel time savings not available today. The connection itself will save approximately 20 minutes of time by eliminating line transfers through Downtown. 

The project is estimated to provide access to 90,000 passengers daily, including 17,000 new transit riders by 2035.  Construction could begin in 2014 and be completed by 2019, again depending on leveraging Measure R funding with federal dollars.

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