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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold four virtual public workshops from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6 to provide details on the agency’s Traffic Reduction Study.
The approximately two-year study will focus on determining if, where and how a potential pilot program that includes congestion pricing and more high-quality transportation options could reduce traffic to make it easier for everyone to travel, regardless of how they travel. Ultimately, a recommended pilot will be brought to the Metro Board, in partnership with one or more cities, for their consideration.
To date, efforts to ease traffic have not kept up with demands of long-term regional growth. While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced traffic congestion for the moment, traffic is likely to return and get worse as the economy and growth get back on track. In fact, traffic is already returning. Over the summer months, the overall travel on the regional freeway system was back to 90% of what it was before the pandemic in January. The Traffic Reduction Study is an initiative under Metro’s strategic plan, Vision 2028, to make it easier to get around L.A. and plan for a future without chronic gridlock.
Workshops will publicly introduce and explain congestion pricing, describe Metro’s equity-focused study methodology and present next steps in the study process for future public input.
L.A. County residents who are interested in learning more about this study and have questions to ask are encouraged to register online for these virtual meetings. The content of all meetings will be the same. Participants will be able to join online or call in. Live translations in Spanish will be available. Meeting dates are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 3, a Spanish-only presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6.
To register for a meeting, visit metro.net/trafficreduction and click the “connect” tab. For information, visit thesource.metro.net/2020/09/16/why-are-we-pursuing-a-traffic-reduction-study.
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