Valley Still Prioritizing Freeways Over Transit
Here’s an interesting piece from Joe Linton at Streetsblog about where the Valley has invested transportation funding.
“…the Valley has received modest transit investments, because the Valley really prioritized its transportation investment toward car infrastructure.
When Measure R was negotiated, Valley politicians held firm on money for Valley highways. Not so much on funding for San Fernando Valley transit infrastructure. The same was true when local politicians sought and obtained $1.1 billion in Federal transportation funding to widen the 405 Freeway. Valley electeds have made highway spending a priority. Freeway money, lots of it, is what they got.
In some cases, Valley leaders actively worked against Valley transit infrastructure, including state legislators banning subway tunneling and banning rail on the Orange Line right-of-way. The Orange Line rail ban was overturned in July 2014, long after Measure R was passed.”