March 23, 2016
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to spend $120 billion on transportation projects, including extending the Gold Line Foothill to Claremont. Funding for the expansion would come from future sales taxes.
The first step is to secure approval of a new ballot measure in November, Measure R, that would push beyond 2039, to run contiguous with the new tax ending in 2057. Under the 40-year plan, Metro seeks to increase the percentage of the population riding trains or buses from seven percent to 20-30 percent.
Among the initial 18 regional transportation projects being proposed, the Inland Empire work includes extending commuter rail service to Claremont by 2019, adding lanes to the 71 Freeway starting in 2022, and reconfiguring interchanges on the 57/60 freeways starting in 2025.