By Steve Hymon, December 10, 2014
With numerous major transit and highway projects under construction —
including five rail projects — Metro created the above graphics.
I think these are very useful for those interested in project costs and
where the funding for the projects is coming from.
The two obvious takeaways: Metro’s capital program is immense by
national standards, even if you’re only looking at the major projects.
And Metro is using its local and state funding to help attract federal
funding to get projects built. If you’re a taxpayer — and everyone
reading this is — that’s a big deal to have your dollars stretched
One other point worth mentioning is that Metro works with other
agencies to get projects done. On the highway side, Caltrans is a
frequent partner. But Metro also gets funding from local cities and,
likewise, helps fund projects in cities through a variety of programs.
Going forward, the obvious policy question is how much federal
funding will there be in the future? Generally speaking, the needle
hasn’t moved much on the total amount of federal funding in recent
decades, one reason you see a lot of media stories writing about the
need to update America’s infrastructure. It’s going to be a big policy
question in Washington D.C. and the answer will impact Los Angeles
County and many other metro areas around the U.S.