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Infrastructure & Policy Updates 6/16/22

State Level

A Bill to Incentivize Cali Residents to Go Car-Free

Senator Anthony Portantino (D – La Cañada/Flintridge) has hit on another way to provide relief to people who really need it – and that would help the state meet its climate goals. His bill, S.B. 457, would offer a tax credit to taxpayers who do not own a car. It’s a stimulus aimed at people who need it most – those who cannot afford a car – as well as in incentive for everyone to reduce dependence on cars.

Arroyo Verdugo (Burbank, Glendale)

Glendale streetcar on track to break ground by 2026

The Glendale Streetcar, which has been under study for a half-decade, would run along an alignment once served by the Pacific Electric Railway, and could eventually serve as a starter line for a system extending toward Burbank. The project would serve a roughly 2.6-square-mile area centered on Brand Boulevard and Central Avenue that is home to approximately 62,000 residents and 43,000 jobs.

Central LA (East, Northeast, South Central, Mid-City)

First look at Huntington Drive's proposed revamp

The four-mile project corridor between Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center and the City of Alhambra - originally a Pacific Electric Railway right-of-way - features between two and three bidirectional travel lanes, and is served by bus lanes and Class II bike lanes.

City Contemplates A Valley Boulevard Makeover

The above are a few of the ideas that have been proposed and contemplated for a 4-mile stretch of Valley Boulevard and Mission Road that runs through El Sereno and Lincoln Heights.

It is one of three street makeovers -- including Huntington Drive and Eastern Avenue -- in the city that will be partly funded with money released after the 710 Freeway extension was canceled.

A survey found several challenges and problems along Valley, from traffic congestion and waiting for trains to a lack of sidewalks and bus stop amenities.

Gateway Cities (Downey, Montebello, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate)

Metro breaks ground on new rail bridge in Santa Fe Springs

Metro on Thursday announced that it has broken ground on a project that will finally build a bridge for freight and passenger trains over the busy intersection of Rosecrans and Marquardt avenues in Santa Fe Springs. Click the button to see the video and learn more.

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