Covering Tomorrow’s Much-Awaited Vote (Hopefully) on the Long Range Transportation Plan

Tomorrow, the Metro Board of Directors is expected to discuss and – fingers crossed – vote on the long-awaited and much-anticipated Long Range Transportation Plan. The meeting is set to take place at 9:30 a.m. at the MTA building. With all the progress that has been made during the past few months for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension, we’re asking for just one more small detail to be changed: move the operational date from 2017 to 2013. In less than 24 hours, we’ll know the fate of the LRTP, if Metro doesn’t delay the vote.

In addition to the LRTP, a plethora of other issues is set to take command of the discussion at tomorrow’s meeting. You can read about them in the meeting’s agenda, but for those of you who prefer non-cryptic English, Streetsblog LA has written up a preview.

For those of you who are unable to attend, you can follow live coverage of the meeting on Twitter @iwillride or listen by phone by dialing (213) 922-6045 (I recommend the former). For those of you who will be attending, you won’t be able to miss us. A sea of gold-shirted Gold-Line-riding San Gabriel Valley folk is expected to be there and demand that the Metro Board of Directors follow the original intent of Measure R – which was to build, complete, and operate the Foothill Extension to Azusa by 2013. Voters come first.

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