Last week Rebuild SoCal Partnership launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness around the urgent need for infrastructure investment in LA County’s Third Supervisorial District.
Los Angeles County residents are paying the price for outdated roads, underperforming public transit, and inadequate stormwater systems. The drought, heat waves, and the growing effects of global warming have made it clear that Angelenos not only need significant investments in our infrastructure, but they need them now.
The next Third District Supervisor for Los Angeles County will have the opportunity to lead transportation and infrastructure projects that will impact and improve the lives of millions of Angelenos.
There are 45 Measure M supported projects in SD 3. Let’s take a look at three key transit projects:
Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project
The Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project will create a high-quality, reliable rail transit service alternative, connecting the San Fernando Valley and the Westside. In addition to providing local and regional connections to the existing and future Metro rail and bus network, the proposed project can improve access to major employment, education, healthcare, and cultural centers in the greater LA area.
Funding for planning and construction of the Sepulveda Transit Corridor is provided partially by Measure M with the project scheduled to open between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside in 2033–2035 ($5.7 billion) and a future extension to LAX opening in 2057–2059 ($3.8 billion).
An environmental review is underway analyzing six alternatives with varying potential routes and modes. Metro is working with two private sector proposers, LA SkyRail Express(monorail) and Sepulveda Transit Corridor Partners (heavy rail), under a first-of-its-kind pre-development agreement to potentially accelerate the delivery of this project.
East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project
The East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Project will improve connections and access to key destinations while connecting transit users to the growing network in the San Fernando Valley- the Valley’s first light rail line since the old Pacific Red Cars stopped operating in 1952.
Metro has completed most of the advanced design for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project with the anticipation of releasing the Progressive Design Build procurement documents in early 2022. Metro anticipates starting pre-construction advance utility relocation in late 2022 followed by major construction.
This summer the project was awarded $909 million from the federal government over two years. However, the cost of the project continues to grow and may still face a funding gap.
Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project (K Line)
The K Line is the first new rail line in Los Angeles in ten years. It will connect to the Metro E Line (Expo), which travels between downtown LA and Santa Monica. By 2024, the K Line will also connect to the airport at the new LAX/Metro Transit Center Station, the new Aviation/Century Station, and the Metro C Line (Green).
The K Line will serve the communities of West Adams, Jefferson Park, Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park, Hyde Park, Inglewood, Westchester, and more. Seven stations will open next week, October 7, 2022.
Learn more at www.rebuildsocal.org/sd3/
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