CALIFORNIA Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $US 27.8m to enable Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to purchase LRVs, as part of a $US 924m investment to improve state transport infrastructure.

While much of the investment will be used for roadway, bridge, safety and other projects, three transit projects, totalling $US 39.3m, were approved for Los Angeles County:

  • Metro: $US 27.8m to acquire 78 LRVs, with the option to buy an additional 39 - Metro’s proposed 2022 fiscal year budget includes $US 92m for LRV and metro train purchases for replacement and expansion
  • Los Angeles Region Transit System Integration and Modernisation Programme: $US 5m to complete the environmental documentation for the Vermont Transit Corridor, which will be either a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or rail transit line linking Hollywood Boulevard and 120th Street, and
  • Long Beach Transit/UCLA Electric Commuter Express: $US 6.5m to procure five battery-electric buses and construct charging infrastructure.

$US 458m of the new investment will come from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which provides $US 5bn in transport funding annually split between state and local agencies.

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