Metro Highway Program
Friday News Bits: BikeLA, Metro Freeway Expansion, and More
Metro transit ridership continues to grow, closing in on pre-pandemic levels. A Metro committee approved $207M for two freeway expansion projects. And BikeLA is downsizing.
Metro Equity Assessments find Metro Freeway Widening Projects are Good for Low Income Communities of Color
Metro says its "Transportation infrastructure investments must be targeted toward those with the greatest mobility needs first" but a recent perfunctory Metro equity assessment report calls the agency's commitment to equity into question
Metro Board Looks to Approve $65 Million for 91 Freeway Widening Projects
Metro staff are recommending the board approve funds to support two 91 Freeway expansion projects located in pollution-burdened communities in Southeast L.A. County - in the cities of Long Beach, Artesia, and Cerritos
How Future Metro Freeway Expansion could Mitigate Increased Driving – Part 2
VMT mitigation is likely to be a litmus test for Metro's commitment to climate action. Will the mitigation skeptics water the program down to opaque meaninglessness? Or will Metro pivot toward sustainability and equity?
Metro to Mitigate Increased Driving on Future Freeway Expansion Projects – Part 1
When CA agencies widen freeways they must mitigate the resulting increase in driving - by including components that get folks out of cars. The requirement took effect in 2020, but grandfathered in current expansion.
Metro “Multimodal” 605 Freeway Ramp-Widening Project Out to Bid with No Multimodal Component
The "multimodal" project scope contains no bicycle or transit components, and, for pedestrians, merely re-installs the existing crosswalk and walk signals at the widened mouth of the off-ramp
Metro Announces 605 Freeway Widening Project Will Not Demolish Homes
Metro Senior Director Isidro Pánuco announced that the 605 Corridor Improvement Project will have no residential displacements as it will be kept within existing Caltrans right-of-way
Metro Postpones 605 Freeway Widening Project Community Meetings
Metro had announced corridor-wide 605 Freeway Corridor Improvement Project meetings would take place June-July 2023, but this week pushed them back to Fall-Winter 2023
Metro, Caltrans, and SGV Council Break Ground on 57/60 Freeways Widening
Half-billion dollar "final" phase will add one more general purpose lane, plus flyover on- and off-ramps, and wider roads leading to the congested confluence of the 57 and 60 Freeways in the east San Gabriel Valley
Metro Board June 2023 Recap: Policing, 405 Widening, C and K Lines, and More
Karen Bass takes the helm, while Metro tees up bringing policing in-house and widening the 405 Freeway. The K Line will soon operate from Expo to Redondo Beach, while the C Line will shrink a bit - running from Norwalk to LAX.