LA Metro To Get Federal Boost; Service To Fully Resume By September

first_img LA Metro courtesy LA Metro FacbookThe Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s service will return to pre-pandemic levels by September, thanks to $1.6 billion allocated to the L.A. region’s transit systems from the federal American Rescue Plan, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday.L.A. Metro initially anticipated service to return to regular levels by September 2022, however that goal was later moved up to December by Metro’s board, Garcetti said.The $1.6 billion is given to the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim region, and the Southern California Association of Governments will divide it between agencies.“It’s hard to overstate what this money means for Los Angeles. It means more buses on the streets, it means more trains on the tracks, it means more frequent and reliable service for our customers, and more Angelenos getting to where they need to go, to work, to an appointment, maybe even to get to their vaccine,” Garcetti said.An additional $275 million will go to Metro’s capital projects, including $59 million for the Regional Connector, $66.5 million for the Purple Line Extension Section 1, $58.5 million for the Purple Line Extension Section 2, and $93.5 million for the Purple Line Extension Section 3. Those projects are typically funded through sales taxes, and that revenue decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic.The funding “will help us keep those projects on track and even accelerate them a bit as well,” L.A. Metro CEO Phillip Washington said.Los Angeles lobbied the federal government to address funding problems within transit systems during the pandemic. In July 2020, the American Public Transportation Association reported that almost half of the nation’s transit agencies had implemented or were planning reductions and layoffs, as well as deferring or canceling capital projects.At that time, Metro predicted a $1.8 billion revenue reduction and estimated that ridership wouldn’t return to normal for up to two years.Washington called the American Rescue Plan a silver lining in the midst of a devastating pandemic.“As we move through and as we think about these many initiatives that we are working, we will be able to inject new money into that so let me just say … this is a lifeline,” he said.Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, praised the way her staff adjusted during the pandemic and assisted Los Angeles in new ways.“We had traffic officers, instead of directing traffic at Lakers games, showing up at testing sites and vaccine sites, serving an unbelievable 88,000 hours of directing traffic last year, really unprecedented. We repurposed our streets, we built 60 miles of bike lanes, we built transit-only lanes through a partnership with Metro, we repurposed parking spaces to allow restaurants to be able to welcome customers back,” she said.“Their crisis response was really about showing that transportation can be a pathway to mobility justice, to climate justice, to racial justice, because that is the role that it plays in the region.” Community News Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News LA Metro To Get Federal Boost; Service To Fully Resume By September CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 7:35 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img

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