L.A. Metro Receives $516 Million from State for Various Transit Projects

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced today that it has received $516 million from the state to advance several projects.

The California Transportation Commission awarded the grant funding through a state senate bill for the projects, which includes expanding the Metro ExpressLanes network on the congested I-105 freeway, improving traffic flow at the SR 57/60 interchange and speeding up bus service as part of the NextGen Bus Plan.

“Our transportation network doesn't just move Angelenos from place to place, it's the engine that powers our economy, connects our communities and reimagines our region as a more sustainable home for all,'' said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. “Our latest round of new funding will help us accelerate key transportation projects, rev up prosperity in the L.A. area, improve our quality of life and kick a world-class transit system into gear for all Angelenos.''

The funding was provided through a competitive grant process for what the CTC said are much-needed transportation infrastructure improvements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and congestion throughout the state, investing in the communities that experience the worst air quality.

“We are very pleased by these funding awards and the significant state partnership they support,'' Metro CEO Phillip Washington said. “We are also extremely appreciative of the staff of the California Transportation Commission during this challenging selection process and their work with L.A. Metro.''

The Metro projects awarded funding are:

-- $150 million for the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program funds for the I-105 ExpressLanes Expansion;

-- $25 million for the NextGen Bus Improvements to provide faster and more frequent bus service to Metro riders;

-- $5.5 million for the La Canada Flintridge Soundwall Improvements along the busy I-210 freeway;

-- $217.9 million for the SR 57/SR 60 Confluence Chokepoint Relief Program to make the interchange safer with improved traffic flow; and

-- $118 million for the SR 91 Goods Movement Corridor Projects.

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