March 16: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

2006:  The California Transportation Commission approves the allocation of $208 million in Traffic Congestion Relief Program funding for the Exposition Light Rail Transit Project, providing it with a major source of funding.

The funds had been committed by the state legislature and governor in June, 2000, but the Commission had been unable to meet that commitment until 2006 due to the state’s General Fund deficits.

The funding allocation frees up transportation monies from the previously established Exposition Line budget that could possibly fund projects such as transit projects and/or carpool lanes.

More information can be found in the March 16, 2006 MyMetro employee news digest.