Metro Reveals Their Priorities for HOT Lanes Funding


As has been widely reported, Metro will receive over $210 million dollars from the federal government to experiment with a road pricing plan on the I-10 and I-110.  The federal dollars must be spent on projects to increase alternative transportation along the corridors effected by what is still being referred to as "congestion pricing" even though Metro’s plan doesn’t change much on the highways during the most congested hours.

However, Metro has held firm with a mantra that the road pricing plan will pay off for Los Angeles, in large part because of those federal dollars creating new transit projects in the region.   In advance of next week’s Board Meeting, Metro has released a proposed project list for what those federal dollars, combined with $80 million from state Proposition 1B to "modernize transit options," will actually be used for. Since it appears unlikely that Metro’s "Fast Lanes" will have any impact on rush hour congestion, it’s up to these projects to make the difference.

The list can be found at the end of the document linked to in the last paragraph or after the jump.

1. HOT Lanes on I-10 from Alameda Street/Union Station to I-605 and on I-110 from 182nd Street/Artesia Station to Adams Blvd. ($60.2 million)

2. Expand capacity on the I-10 HOV Lanes (restriping, buffering) ($3.2 million)

3. I-110 Adams-Figueroa Flyover Study ($2 million)

4. Expand capacity on I-110 off ramp at Adams Blvd., including street widening ($1 million)

5. Transit signal priority in the City of Los Angeles ($1 million)

6. 28 buses for the I-10 El Monte Busway ($20.9 million)

7. 29 buses for the I-110 Harbor Freeway ($20 million)

8. Parking and platforms at Metrolink Pomona Station ($5.6 million)

9. El Monte Transit Center expansion & El Monte Busway improvements including bike lockers and access to Pasatorous Transit Plaza ($55.3 million)

10. Ticket vending machines at El Monte Bus Stations ($200,000)

11. City of Los Angeles Intelligent Parking Management Program ($15 million)

12. Artesia transit center bike lockers and law enforcement substation ($400,000)

13. Harbor Transitway Park and Ride improvements, including signage, lighting, security, ticket vending machines and new bus stops under Slauson and Manchester stations for lines 108/115 ($1.2 million)

14. Union Division ($80 million)

15. Project Management ($2.4 million)

16. Hot Lanes Operations ($22.2 million)



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