February 12: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1973:  Southern California Rapid Transit District releases its alternate transit corridor and systems technical study titled “Preferential Bus Operations On Streets And Freeways.”

The report identifies several improved service possibilities for local and express bus services, including preferential treatment for buses over other traffic on streets, arterials and freeways; 100% exclusive use of selected lanes by buses mixed with carpooling automobiles; small rapid transit “people-movers” or PRTs, and interim or permanent commuter rail service.

Whittier Greenway Trail groundbreaking

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2002:  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority breaks ground on the Whittier Greenway Trail, a 5.2-mile bicycle path — one of more than 100 such projects the agency funds since 1993.

At the time, LACMTA Board Director Beatrice Proo states that “The MTA wanted to support this project with $8.5 million because it becomes a regional form of transportation.  We try to make each dollar go as far as possible and to service as many cities as possible, and this is one example of one that will b doing so.”

Whittier Greenway Trail groundbreaking

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As of 2002, LACMTA provides $82 million in funding through its Call For Projects program for 108 bikeway projects totaling 200 miles of bike paths and bike lanes in Los Angeles County.

More information can be found in the February 12, 2002 issue of MyMetro, the LACMTA employee news digest.