A new report that outlines the 125 transportation projects most needed to support California’s and the Los Angeles region’s future development will be released at a news conference in Los Angeles at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11. The report is being released by TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC.

The TRIP report “Project Green Light:  Moving California’s Critical Transportation Improvements Forward,” will rank the 30 most needed transportation improvements in the Los Angeles area as well as other needed transportation improvements in California, including projects to operate, maintain, build, expand or modernize roads, highways, bridges, mass transit systems, rail, bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  These improvements, which were selected by TRIP, would enhance development throughout the region and the state by increasing personal and commercial mobility, easing congestion, improving safety and conditions and enhancing California’s desirability as a place to live, visit and do business.

But the report finds that most of the critically needed projects in the Los Angeles area, as well as elsewhere in California, lack adequate funding to proceed, resulting in the projects receiving either a yellow or red light.  TRIP has rated each needed transportation improvement as either having a green light, a yellow light or a red light in terms of the availability of funding.  A green light indicates that needing funding has been identified; a yellow light indicates that a project only has partial funding available; and a red light indicates that a project has little or no funding available.

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly, TRIP’s associate director of research and communication, will present the findings of the report at the news conference. Local speakers will also be on hand to comment on the report.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Los Angeles County Metro Headquarters
One Gateway Plaza, West Patio
Los Angeles, California
WHO: Gary Toebben, President and CEO
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Therese McMillan, Metro Chief Planning Officer
Carolyn Bonifas Kelly, Associate Director of Research & Communication
CONTACT: Carolyn Bonifas Kelly

Rocky Moretti (TRIP)

703.801.9212 (cell)

202.262.0714 (cell)