Got $625 Billion? List of 21 Transit Projects for Region Unveiled


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The Mobility 21 transportation summit (.pdf) is wrapping up for the day, but earlier a list was released, featuring 21 "Critical Transportation Projects 'In My Backyard' to Improve Mobility throughout Southern California." The same-named six-county coalition included sexy public transit projects like subway to Westwood and high speed rail between San Diego and San Francisco, but also other important projects such as Positive Train Control for safety and added freeway lanes.

None of the named projects—the group says the 21 listed are only examples of some, not all that they are advocating for within the $625 billion plan—include pedestrian or bicycle modes of transit. The list of 21 projects highlighted today is below:

Rail Safety
Positive Train Control (PTC)

Positive Train Control (PTC) is a predictive collision avoidance technology designed to stop a train before an accident occurs. PTC will help save lives by preventing train-to-train collisions, speeding and over-speed derailments, incursions into work zones along the tracks and movement of a train through a switch left in the wrong position.

Reducing Congestion
Interstate-10 Freeway Corridor
One of the most heavily-used trade routes in the nation, the I-10 corridor is also one of the most congested. Among the enhancements planned: I-10 carpool lanes in the San Gabriel Valley, new overpasses at Date Palm Drive, Indian Avenue and Jefferson Street in the Coachella Valley, Citrus and Cherry Avenue Interchanges in San Bernardino, and addition of a west-bound lane from Yucaipa to Redlands.

Interstate-405 Freeway
Several key projects are planned on this corridor including adding up to two lanes in each direction on I-405 from SR-73 to I-605 in Orange County. A carpool lane northbound on the I-405 between the 110 and the 101 also is planned. The goal is to reduce congestion on one of Southern California’s most heavily traveled freeways and improve a vital north/south link between Orange County and Los Angeles.

State Route-91 Freeway
Increases capacity, optimizes operations and implements innovative traffic management strategies between Riverside and Orange County, and adds carpool lanes through Downtown Riverside between Auto Center Drive and the 60/91/215 Interchange.
State Route-101/State Route-23 Interchange Improvements Widens ramps and adds auxiliary lanes to relieve congestion at Ventura County’s busiest interchange, SR-101 and SR-23 in Thousand Oaks.

Interstate-215 Corridor
Planned improvements to this heavily-traveled Inland Empire corridor include adding a general purpose lane in each direction on I-215 in Murrieta and fixing the worst bottleneck in San Bernardino County, the Devore Interchange, where the I-15 and I-215 meet. Complementing the highway improvements will be the Perris Valley Line extension of Metrolink services in Riverside County.

I-5 Carpool Lanes in South Los Angeles County
Adds carpool lanes south from I-605 to the Orange County line and north from SR-134 to SR-170.

Moving Goods Faster
The Alameda Corridor East
Series of railroad grade separations located along Southern California’s main freight rail lines in the San Gabriel Valley, North Orange County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County that will improve motorist and pedestrian safety, reduce congestion and improve air quality.

The Gerald Desmond Bridge
Replaces “The Bridge to Everywhere,” a critical but deteriorating bridge structure that handles 15 percent of U.S. waterborne cargo moving through the San Pedro Bay ports, improving the safety and efficiency of cargo and commuter traffic.

Interstate-710 Freeway South
Upgrades the freeway and improves truck and traffic flow between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the SR-60 freeway, easing highway and air-quality stresses caused by goods movement in Southern California.

I-5 Capacity Enhancements through the Santa Clarita Valley to the Kern County Line
Adds a carpool lane and a dedicated truck lane in both directions on the I-5 freeway north of SR-14 in the Santa Clarita Valley, thus helping to alleviate crowding and improve motorist safety in this truck-loaded corridor.

State Route 905
Completes the six-lane SR 905 project connecting interstate routes such as Interstate 805, Interstate 5, and the South Bay Expressway (SR 125 South) to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry (POE), the only commercial vehicle crossing between San Diego and Tijuana.

Creating the Transit System of the 21st Century
San Diego to Northern California high-speed train
First phase of the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s 800-mile system could be a high-speed line between Anaheim and Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.

Moving More People
Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)
A planned gateway transportation center in Anaheim where people will seamlessly move between transit services - including future high-speed rail - to reach destinations in Southern California and beyond.

Westside subway extension to Westwood
Extends Metro Rail to the highly congested Westside of Los Angeles. Expansion is expected to serve Century City and Westwood/UCLA.

Gold Line Foothill Light Rail Extension (San Gabriel Valley)
Extends the Metro Gold Line eastbound from its current terminus in Pasadena.

Crenshaw Transit Corridor
Offers a north/south connection between Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne and El Segundo, thus relieving the over-burdened 405 corridor between Los Angeles, the South Bay and Orange County.

sbX Rapid Bus Transit Center
Connects both transit and rail at a central station in downtown San Bernardino, where many residents and college students rely on public transportation. Will become a connecting point where Metrolink, Redlands Light Rail, Omnitrans Bus and sbX Rapid Bus services will all meet and offer connections.

Regional Connector
Links four light-rail lines and provides seamless connections through downtown Los Angeles, while improving transfer times between light-rail, subway and Metrolink.
Exposition Boulevard Light-Rail to Santa Monica Extends the Exposition Rail Line, currently under construction to Culver City, and offers transit paralleling the taxed
I-10 Freeway.

Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project
Eleven-mile project extending light rail transit service from the Old Town Transit Center in downtown San Diego to the University City community serving major activity centers such as the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University Towne Centre
(UTC), Old Town and downtown San Diego.