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28 by 28: Garcetti wants transportation projects to hurry up (legally)

The goal is to speed 28 transit developments to completion before the 2028 Olympics
October 10, 2017 08:00AM

Metro line with Mayor Eric Garcetti (Getty Images)

28 express tickets, please.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a “28 by 28” initiative at the Metro Board of Directors meeting last week which he hopes will speed up the development of transportation projects in preparation for the 2028 Olympics, Curbed reported.

Staffers are expected to make recommendations for the new initiative by the end of October. Metro’s board will vote on recommendations in November.

But the details of the initiative aren’t yet clear, and stipulations on Measure M-funded projects could provide some obstacles. The voter-approved measure has a set, specific construction timeline for more than 90 projects in Los Angeles County. Expediting one project could come at the cost of another — a clear violation of the new law.

“Any acceleration policy I want to make sure maintains the integrity of the expenditure plan we have, and the trust that’s been put in us by the voters of Los Angeles County,” Garcetti said at the meeting.

It is also unclear whether the 28 transportation projects will be in addition to or included in the projects already slated for completion by 2028. [Curbed] – Natalie Hoberman