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San Gabriel Valley Digest

The Region : Funding for Transit Projects

July 08, 1993

Funding for major projects in the San Gabriel Valley will be part of the $1.6-billion doled out by the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

Most of the projects still must be approved by the California Transportation Commission and some will require federal backing. A shortfall in state funding could jeopardize big-ticket items the MTA is counting on, such as extension of California 30 through La Verne and the Long Beach Freeway (710) through South Pasadena.

Among 215 items chosen for funding from 728 that were considered for the period 1993 to 1997 are car-pool lanes on sections of the 10, 30, 57, 60 and 210 freeways. The MTA allocated $158 million for the planned 6.2-mile extension of the Long Beach Freeway through South Pasadena.

The rejected projects included $300,000 for a ride-share program in the Duarte-Monrovia area.

Other projects that received funding are South Pasadena's Oaklawn bridge restoration and bikeway program, greenways and pedestrian improvements along the proposed Blue Line route in Pasadena and South Pasadena, Pasadena's regional bikeway system, traffic synchronization in the valley and rehabilitation of downtown Pomona's train depot and surrounding area.

A decision on funding for a light-rail line from Los Angeles to Pasadena is expected at the end of the month.

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