Big Step for Public Transit: 30/10 Plan Officially Supported by Metro Board
Earth Day or not, the move to build 12 major transit projects in 10 years--instead of 30 as they are currently planned for--was wholly supported by the Metro Board of Directors today. The 30/10 Plan, as touted by Mayor (and cheerleader) Antonio Villaraigosa, would ask congress to loan billions of dollars upfront for the projects with a guarantee of paying it back, thanks to the Measure R sales tax.
Even Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who wanted regional equity with highway projects in the northern parts of the county, was happy when amendments to also support highway projects were added, even though they are not on the official list of 30/10 transit projects.
If this landmark idea actually becomes a reality, we'll be seeing some projects years before expected. "The Westside Subway Extension wasn’t scheduled to reach Westwood until 2036 and the Green Line South Bay Extension was also supposed to be done in 2035. The 405-Sepulveda Pass transit project wasn’t scheduled to be done until 2039," explained Steve Hymon at Metro. If the money were to come this year, these projects should, in theory, be completed at least by 2020.
And with the board support of 30/10, there's a new Metro webpage dedicated to it.