We have a subway system?!

If you’re one of the lucky so-and-so’s who has had the privilege of riding LA’s subway system, you know it’s surprisingly convenient. We’re not sure why subways have such a bad rap. They even have a five-dollar foot-long deal, but we digress.

Let’s face it – our system is limited. Everyone knows that you can trip up to Hollywood Boulevard, eat out downtown, cruise to Long Beach or save some money on parking at Universal Studios. Beyond that, travel is pretty much limited…

… for now. Check  out what the city has up its sleeve.

The 30/10 Initiative promises to accelerate construction and the extension of our current subway lines.

New map (click to enlarge)

la metro small LA Metro To Expand Transit By 2020

The Concept is simple:

The concept of the 30/10 Initiative is to use the long-term revenue from the Measure R sales tax as collateral for long-term bonds and a federal loan which will allow Metro to build 12 key mass transit projects in 10 years, rather than 30. Accelerating construction of these 12 key Metro projects will result in substantial cost savings.

Successful implementation of the 30/10 Initiative will also deliver immediate benefits like hundreds of thousands of jobs to improve the local economy, reduce greenhouse emissions and ease traffic congestion. The 30/10 Initiative is both an unprecedented step forward for LA County and a model of progress for the entire nation.

Employment Benefit:

  • 160,000 new jobs will be created

Annual Benefits with 30/10:

  • 77 million more transit boardings
  • 521,000 fewer pounds of mobile source pollution emissions
  • 10.3 million fewer gallons of gasoline used
  • 191 million fewer vehicle miles traveled

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