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Track Measure R Projects Online

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On July 1, 2009, Measure R went into effect in Los Angeles County. Approved by voters in 2008, this half-cent sales tax is projected to generate over $40 billion dollars for traffic relief and transportation upgrades in the County over the next 30 years.

In order to follow the progress of the dozens of critical transit and highway projects funded by Measure R, we have created an online Measure R Projects Tracker. This tool allows you to view the status and estimated funding allocations of many Measure R projects.

View the Measure R Projects Tracker as well as interactive project maps, frequently asked questions and background information at: http://www.metro.net/measurer/default.asp

Online Chat At Metro About ExpressLanes On Tuesday

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As L.A. County embarks on ExpressLanes — a one-year demonstration project to convert existing carpool lanes into toll lanes — Metro is asking the public to weigh in on key elements of the project, such as variable toll rates designed to ensure a minimum speed of 45 m.p.h. in the ExpressLanes. Commuters are invited to share their questions and opinions during Metro’s next live internet chat, noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 7 at metro.net.

More information here.

Upcoming Hearing Monday On Congestion Reduction Demonstration Project

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Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has proposed a one-year pilot project that would allow solo drivers to pay a toll to use carpool lanes on portions of the Harbor (I-110) and San Bernardino (I-10) Freeways that will generate revenue to improve public transportation and create more than 7,000 construction-related jobs. Learn more about the Supervisors proposal here (PDF) or by visiting Metro’s website dedicated to the Congestion Reduction Demonstration Project.

The project will be the focus of five public hearings this month. The Second District hearing will be held June 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Adult Activity Room at the Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St., Carson.

UPDATE: Another Second District hearing has been added on June 18th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Darby Park in Inglewood. The address is 3400 W Arbor Vitae St.

L.A. County Considers Congestion Pricing To Ease Traffic

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From the L.A. Times:

Los Angeles County transportation officials are considering prices of 25 cents to $1.40 per mile for solo motorists who use the high-occupancy toll lanes that have been proposed for the 110 and 10 freeways.

Like other tollways in Southern California, officials plan to use congestion-based pricing — tolls that rise and fall in direct relation to the volume of traffic — to keep individual motorists, carpools, van pools and buses in the high-occupancy lanes at a minimum speed of 45 mph, even during rush hour.

Under the tentative pricing schedule, 25 cents per mile would be charged when demand is lowest for the lanes, while the maximum toll, $1.40 per mile, would be in effect during the busiest part of the day. Vehicles carrying more than one person would not be charged.

“The project should go a long way to relieving congestion in the region and on two of our more congested freeways,” said Caltrans District Director Douglas Failing, who announced the proposed tolls and other developments in the project at a news conference Monday…

“I’m glad we are taking another step forward in congestion management,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who as a state senator wrote the legislation to secure the federal grant. “The results we will see will bode well for other long-term efforts to do the same.”

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Ridley-Thomas To Lead New MTA Chief On Tour Along Crenshaw Transit Corridor Today

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Tuesday will lead newly-appointed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chief Executive Officer Arthur T. Leahy on a tour along the Crenshaw Transit Corridor, part of a major project to improve public transit services in the Crenshaw Corridor between Wilshire and El Segundo Boulevards.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King Blvd. (First stop of tour in front of the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Shopping Mall)

Mobility requirements in the corridor have been well documented in many studies, over more than 15 years, including the Crenshaw-Prairie Corridor Preliminary Planning Study (1994), the Route Refinement Study (2000), the Major Investment Study (MIS) (2003), and the 2004 Regional Transportation Plan.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, a voting member of the MTA board, will direct the tour of proposed transit stops along the corridor. Major transit investments planned for the corridor will improve mobility in the Crenshaw Transit Corridor and serve as an “economic engine” for the Second District.

The Crenshaw Transit Corridor extends approximately 10 miles from Wilshire Boulevard on the north to El Segundo Boulevard on the south. The overall goal of the proposed project is to connect Crenshaw with existing lines, such as the Metro Green Line, the Exposition Light Rail Line, which is currently under construction, and the “Subway to the Sea” down Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles International Airport and communities in the South Bay.