POSTED: November 11th 2016

LA voters approve $120 billion transit construction plan that boosts LA 2024 bid

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Los Angeles (LA) 2024 Bid Committee received some good news as LA county voters approved $120 billion for new rail lines, bus services, and highway improvements. These funds will be added to LA's $88 million mass transit overhaul. This is a huge boost to LA 2024's commitment to delivering a convenient and fast transport.  

Measure M surpassed the 2/3 vote threshold required as it received 69.8% of votes cast. The ballot campaign was led by LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti and included various community, labor, and business leaders.

Mayor Garcetti stated, "Seventy percent of this county said we are sick and tired of traffic and we're going to do something about it. The car capital of the world will soon be home to a transit system that is the envy of the world."

This will now allow for the Metro's Purple Line subway westward route to be expedited. The route will connect Downtown LA to the home of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Westwood. UCLA is the proposed location for the Olympic Village at LA 2024. Also, the new funds will go towards the completion of the Metro rail station at LAX, which will allow passengers to access LA's transit system and all four Sports Parks for the 2024 Games.

In addition, funding will be allocated for highway maintenance, local street repair, pedestrian improvements, new bicycle lanes, and carpool lanes. All these transport infrastructure upgrades are planned and funded separately from LA 2024.

These improvements will make LA 2024 a well-connected Games experience for everyone. The 11 sports venues within the Downtown Sports Park's single secure area for LA 2024 and Olympic Family hotels will be connected by shuttle services and pedestrian zones. The new metro services and designated high occupancy vehicle lanes will make both Santa Monica Beach and the Olympic Village 25-minute travel times. Santa Monica Beach is the proposed site for the 2024 Olympic Beach Volleyball events.

"On behalf of LA 2024, we welcome the approval of Measure M as a great boost to LA 2024's low-risk, sustainable and innovative vision for the Games that fits with our city's ongoing transformation and investment in its future. With the largest construction program in the US already underway, Angelenos are always imagining 'what's next,' and that extends to reducing traffic and defining the future of mobility. Should the IOC elect LA as host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, athletes, fans, and all other attendees can expect well-connected, smooth, and fast transit that allows the world's focus to be entirely on the great achievements of the best athletes on the planet, and on the inspirational values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

LA 2024 will be a connected Games experience as all Sports Parks and the city's new transit system will be connected, making travel fast, convenient, and easy for everyone.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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