CNS--A "positive train control" system to prevent railway collisions and projects to relieve congestion along the Santa Monica (10) and San Diego (405) freeways were identified by transportation experts today as critical to improving mobility throughout Southern California.
The projects were included on Mobility 21's "IMBY"--or "In My Back Yard"--list that was released during the group's eighth annual regional summit at the Westin Bonaventure hotel.
"Not only will these projects reduce traffic and improve air quality, the Westside subway extension and the other projects will create thousands of good jobs for local people and catapult the region to economic recovery once they are fully funded and break ground," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
More than 600 government, business and civic leaders attended the Mobility 21 summit, working to focus regional strategies for planning and securing funds for vital Southern California transportation projects.
"When it comes to transportation and other critical infrastructure, speaking with one voice helps everyone understand that investment in Southern California pays dividends to the people of this region and the state and national economies," said Dale Bonner, California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency secretary.
Art Leahy, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said high-speed rail will be critical to improving the region's overall transportation picture.
"High-speed rail will not only be a tremendous boost to mobility in our region, it will also create needed jobs," Leahy said. "We are proud that the link between downtown Los Angeles and Anaheim is one of the first legs of the proposed statewide project."
Other projects included on the list are carpool lanes on Interstate 5 in southern Los Angeles County; improvements on the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway; railroad grade-separations in the San Gabriel Valley, northern Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino counties; expansion of the Golden State (5) Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley; and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.