Metro seeking public input on $400 billion transportation plan

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The Metro’s board of directors authorized the release of the updated draft 2020 Long Range Transportation Plan, a $400-billion, 30-year transportation blueprint for Los Angeles County.

There will now be a 45-day public review period to gather additional comments from the public on the plan through July 13, 2020, according to a Metro blog post.

The draft outlines Metro’s current and future plans for Los Angeles County over the next 30 years. It details how Metro will add more than 100 miles over the next 30 years. The authority will also invest in arterial and freeway projects to reduce congestion — such as the I-5 North enhancements project and adding more ExpressLanes — and bicycle and pedestrian projects, such as the L.A. River Path Project to close the eight-mile gap in the path between Elysian Valley and Maywood.

The plan calls for prioritizing bus travel on the county’s busiest streets, including Wilshire Boulevard and Flower St., and working to implement the recommendations of the NextGen Bus Plan. Furthermore, Metro will invest in technology and promote innovative new mobility options such as carsharing, Microtransit and freight-focused technologies.

In addition, the draft 2020 LRTP includes over $200 billion for operations and state of good repair, as well as $38 billion in funding that returns to local agencies to maintain the local transportation system.

Metro’s board is expected to adopt the Final 2020 LRTP towards the end of summer 2020.

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