Metro and Caltrans plan to formally reset their 710 Freeway corridor plans by approving the 'No Build' alternative, as the new Locally Preferred Alternative for their 710 Environmental Document, reversing a 2018 approval of a freeway widening alternative.
Last year, Metro increased its annual freeway expansion budget by a whopping 80 percent. This year, the agency has proposed an 33.5 percent increase on top of last year's. Here's a list of Metro big widening projects.
Metro's $8.8 billion FY22-23 budget includes transit service hours returning to pre-COVID levels, but so did the FY21-22 budget. Metro is also increasing annual funding for freeway expansion, while decreasing annual funding for transit expansion.
America's midcentury freeway revolts never really stopped — and now, the advocates behind them are joining forces to create what may be the largest organized national effort to prioritize communities over highways yet.