This morning, the Metro board’s Construction Committee approved an additional $131.8M for construction of the downtown Los Angeles Regional Connector subway. This increase ups the budget from $1.42 billion to 1.55 billion – a 9 percent increase. The line had been expected to open in 2020, but has already experienced delays pushing it back ten months, likely […]
U.S. President Barack Obama released his administration’s proposed FY 2015-16 budget which includes $330 million in New Starts funding planned for subways in Los Angeles: $115 million for the Regional Connector $115 million for Phase I of the Westside Subway Extension (Purple Line from Western to La Cienega) $100 million for Phase II of the […]
Electeds, agency representatives, and other leaders gathered in Little Tokyo yesterday to commemorate the groundbreaking for construction of Metro’s Regional Connector subway. Metro boardmembers were joined by federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and even activist-actor George Takei. Preliminary construction has been underway for over a year, since before February’s full-funding announcement for the project.
There is much celebrating going on by Metro and transit expansion advocates around the region. In President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for next year, a cool $200 million is set aside for Los Angeles under the “new starts” program. $100 million of that is set to go towards the Regional Connector and the other $100 […]
This morning, local elected officials and federal administrators joined together to announce that Metro’s Regional Connector is now fully funded. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is granting $670 million in New Starts funding to the Regional Connector, and also extending a low-interest TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) loan of $160 million. A document […]
(Public meetings for the connector continue today at the Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St.; 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 28, at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave.; and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 29, at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St. Project information is at metro.net/projects/connector.) At last night’s outreach meeting for […]