April 23: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1973:  Southern California Rapid Transit District improves the frequencies of bus service, another part of its major improvement program of 1973.



2004:  Groundbreaking for the six-story Wilshire Vermont Station complex.  The project features 449 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, shops and restaurants, plus a new subway entrance plaza.

More information can be found in the January 25, 2005 MyMetro employee news digest.



2009:  The Metro Board of Directors votes to fund the first phase of the I-405 (San Diego Freeway) Sepulveda Pass Widening Project between the I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) and U.S. 101 (Ventura Freeway).

The decision establishes a life-of-project budget of over $1 billion to initiate construction, and is expected to generate 18,000 local construction jobs.

In the same meeting, the Board also approves the purchase of up to 150 new state-of-the-art buses fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) using stimulus funding, subject to final award by the Federal Transit Administration.

More information on both Board actions can be found in the Sepulveda Pass April 23, 2009 Metro Press Release, the new buses April 23, 2009 Metro Press Release, and the April 23, 2009 MyMetro employee news digest.