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    State Invests $571 Million in Expanded Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Routes

    SACRAMENTO — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) today allocated more than $571 million to address transportation needs throughout the state, an investment that will help repair highways and bridges and enhance California’s growing network of mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian routes.

    Expanding access to safe walkways, bicycle routes and convenient transit options, in addition to maintaining our highways, advances the state’s efforts to address climate change and improve the quality of life for all Californians,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin.

    Projects approved today in Los Angeles County) include: 

    Transportation Management Systems Improvements- $20.9 Million

    Upgrade the existing Transportation Management System (TMS) elements to

    improve traffic monitoring, data transmission, and network connectivity at the Los Angeles Regional Transportation Management Center (LARTMC) and communication hubs on State Route 1 at the McClure Tunnel, I-10, US-101, and I-105. This project will

    provide more accurate travel information and help manage congestion.

    State Route 2 Complete Street Improvements – $5.2 Million

    Along sections of State Route 2 (Santa Monica Boulevard) in and near the city of Los Angeles: plane and overlay pavement, upgrade curb ramps, reconstruct curb and gutter, construct bus pads and bicycle and intersection improvements as complete streets elements, and replace traffic signals at several locations.

    Marvin Braude Beach Trail Gap Closure Project – $1.8 Million 

    Install 1/2 mile of 17-foot wide walkway adjacent to Marvin Braude Bike Trail to close the gap between Pacific Palisades and the City of Santa Monica. This will provide pedestrians and bicyclists a continuous walkway and provide a safe alternative to the Pacific Coast Highway.

    Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion Chatsworth Station – $3.6 Million

    (SCORE) improvements for the Chatsworth Station. The project includes walkway and

    pedestrian crossing installations. This will help enable the 30-minute service patterns on the San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura, and Los Angeles Trunk Lines. It will help increase ridership, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve safety, and improve regional system integration.

    Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion Burbank – $1.1 Million

    (SCORE) improvements for the Burbank Junction. The design will allow for increased train speeds, increased turnout sizes, the ability to handle additional trains through Burbank Junction, and 30-minute headways.

    Alondra Active Transportation Improvement Project – $138,000

    Alondra Boulevard between Studebaker Road and Pioneer Boulevard just north of Cerritos College. Alondra Boulevard is a four-lane road that acts as a main thoroughfare for nearly 24,000 Cerritos College students and over 18,000 Norwalk La Mirada Adult School students. Design and construct 12,000 linear feet bicycle lanes and improve 2,000 linear feet of sidewalk on Alondra Boulevard. This project is part of a long-range project identified in the Gateway Cities 2014 Strategic Transportation Plan to create over 14 miles of bike lanes along this corridor.

    “Today’s funding allocations directly reflect Caltrans’ commitment to a multi-modal transportation network in Los Angeles County by enhancing bicycle and pedestrian safety and access as part of our Complete Streets program, improving rail stations to increase mass transit ridership, engaging and collaborating with our local transportation partners, and providing the public with reliable travel information and better traffic management”, said Tony Tavares, Caltrans District 7 Director. 

    Funding for the projects approved today comes from federal and state gas taxes, including more than $159 million from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. To learn more about SB 1 projects in your community, visit Rebuilding California – Senate Bill 1.

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