Key transportation projects in Los Angeles County, including the EXPO light rail project and a busway extension, were awarded state bond money by the California Transportation Commission.
The second phase of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Expo Line light rail project, which will run for 6.7 miles between Culver City, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, received $35.3 million. When completed in 2015, the full Expo Line between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Santa Monica is expected to be one of the busiest light rail lines in the U.S.
The four-mile extension of Metro's popular Orange Line busway from Canoga Park to Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley received $13.5 million. Also awarded money were three traffic signal synchronization projects to better manage traffic on Foothill Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley and in South Los Angeles.
The money comes from Prop 1B bonds approved by California voters in 2006 to help pay for transportation needs throughout the state. The California Transportation Commission is in charge of allocating most of the $19.925 billion in bond money based on the merit and need of the projects.