With Election Over, It’s Time To Focus on Federal Transportation Policy

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We’re now over 24 hours removed from one of the most memorable elections in American and Californian history.  On the transportation front, Obama is putting together his administration, the proponents of Prop. 1a are readying their action plan, and the citizen’s of Los Angeles are anxiously awaiting their new transit projects.

So, what’s next for Livable Streets Advocates?  While there are lots of worthy projects locally and statewide, we shouldn’t forget that billions of federal dollars for transportation will be allocated as part of the reauthorization of the federal transportation trust fund and perhaps another fedreal relief package.  Activists have outlined a plan for Congress to make sure that these federal dollars are spent on the kinds of projects that will stimulate the economy and create a more sustainable transportation system.  Build 4 America outlined a five-point plan calls for Congress and the Obama administration to:

  • Build
    rail and transit networks that are competitive with those in China and
    Europe, reducing oil dependence and connecting metro regions.
  • Invest in "the cleanest forms of transportation — modern public transit, walking and biking."
  • Adopt a "fix-it-first" policy to repair crumbling roads and bridges rather than building new ones.
  • Stop wasteful spending and re-evaluate projects that have already been approved.
  • "Save Americans money" by providing them with cost-efficient, sustainable transportation options where they live and work.

Locally, the Transportation 4 America is organizing to make sure Southern California is involved in the fight to make sure that the federal government spends transportation dollars with our best interests at heart.  Also, following the call from the Thunderhead Alliance, the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition has submitted local projects, that are "ready to build" to the Alliance to help their lobbying efforts for the expected Economic Stimulus Bill that Congress may be working on.  If the Economic Stimulus Bill doesn’t get passed or doesn’t include transportation provisions, the list will help provide the framework for the next federal transportation trust fund.

The LACBC’s list is available after the jump.  It should be noted that this list reflects ready-to-build projects that have been approved by a Master Plan and are through the initial engineering and design stage.  This
list is NOT a reflection of what cities themselves believe is ready to
build, just projects that from LACBC’s initial research looks like they
are ready to build.

  1. Los Angeles River
    Bike Path
  • San Fernando Valley,
    ~20 miles, ~20 grade separations
  • San Fernando Valley
  • $100M

    2.  
    Los Angeles River Bike Path

  • Maywood to Lincoln
    Heights, ~8 miles, ~12 grade seps
  • Maywood, Ca to 
    Los Angeles, Ca
  • $52M

    3.  
    Arroyo Seco Bike Path

  • Highland Park to
    Lincoln Heights, ~5 miles, ~3 grade seps
  • Los Angeles, Ca
  • $19M

    4.  
    Beach Bike Path

  • Palisades to Malibu,
    ~3 miles, grade separated
  • Los Angeles, Ca
  • $12M

    5.  
    Burbank Chandler ROW gap closure

  • NoHo Red Line Station
    to Burbank, ~2 miles
  • Los Angeles, CA
    and Burbank, Ca
  • $4M

    6.   Compton
    Creek Bike Path

  • Compton to Long
    Beach, ~4 miles, ~2 grade separations
  • Compton, Ca and
    Long Beach, Ca
  • $14M

    7.  
    Los Angeles River Bike Path

  • San Fernando Valley,
    ~20 miles, ~20 grade separations
  • Los Angeles, Ca
  • $100M

    8.  
    San Fernando Road

  • Rail with trail,
    San Fernando to Burbank, ~10 miles
  • Los Angeles, Ca,
    Burbank, Ca
  • $20M

    9.  
    San Jose Creek Bike Path

  • South El Monte to
    Pomona, ~9miles, ~5 grade seps
  • El Monte, Ca and
    Pomona, Ca
  • $33M

    10. 
    P&E Rail Trail

  • Bellflower, Artesia,
    Paramount, ~6 miles, ~5 grade separations
  • Bellflower, Ca,
    Artesia, CA and Paramount, Ca
  • $27M

    11.
    Tujunga Wash Bike Path

  • Sunland to Studio
    City, ~10 miles, ~15 grade seps
  • Sunland, Ca and
    Los Angeles, Ca
  • $65M

    12. 
    McBean Bridge Upgrade 

  • Upgrade and widening
    including shared use path
  • Valencia, CA Bridge 
  • $6700000

    13.
    San Fernando Rail with Trail 

  • Construct Class
    I path on east side of San Fernando Rd.
  • Valencia, CA 
  • $5152250

    14.
    Bouquet Canyon Creek Trail 

  • Construct Class
    I path on south side of Bouquet Canyon
  • Valencia, CA 
  • $5746000

    15.
    South Fork Trail Extension 

  • Construct Class
    I path on south side of flood control channel
  • Valencia, CA
  • $1036000

    16.
    River Trail Extension 

  • Construct Class
    I extension of existing path to link with private developer improvements
  • Valencia, CA
  • $499000

    17.
    Valencia Town Center North-South Connector 

  • Construct Class
    I path connecting two pedestrian bridges
  • Valencia, CA 
  • $140000 

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