Reducing Congestion in Highly Traveled Areas

The Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP) funds projects that reduce congestion with a goal of achieving a balanced set of transportation, environmental, and community access improvements.

The SCCP makes $250 million available annually to projects that implement specific transportation performance improvements and are part of a comprehensive corridor plan, by providing more transportation choices while preserving the character of local communities and creating opportunities for neighborhood enhancement. Eligible projects may include improvements to state highways, local streets, rail facilities, public transit facilities, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and preservation of critical local habitat and open spaces.

More details about SCCP are available at the California Transportation Commission website.

Spotlight on SCCP Projects

Airport Metro Connector (AMC) 96th Street Transit Station

AMC is a new multi-modal transportation center which include a new light rail station, bus plaza, bicycle parking, customer service center, and passenger pick-up and drop-off area. The AMC will improve transportation to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for travelers and employees.

Located on the future line (currently under construction) known as the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the AMC will provide three at-grade light rail transit platform connections (Automated People Mover or APM, the Crenshaw/LAX rail line, and the Metro Green Line), as well as 16 bus terminals. Once in operation, this new station will let riders transfer quickly and easily between LAX and LA Metro’s network.

Groundbreaking occurred in the summer of 2021 and the project completion is expected in winter of 2024. Total project costs are nearly $900M with SCCP providing $150M.

Key Benefits

  • Increased safety and transit connectivity.
  • Reduced congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Increased use of active transportation methods (bike and pedestrian).
  • Increased access to jobs in the community.
  • Increased efficiency for travelers through dedicated passenger pick-up and drop-off areas.
  • Enhanced security with the use of a bicycle hub.

Project Stats

1 New transit station
3 Light rail transit platforms
16 Municipal bus terminals
1 New pedestrian plaza

South Coast Highway 101 HOV Lanes Project

This multi-phase project will add one High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction on US 101 in Santa Barbara County, rehabilitate existing lanes, and provide local bike paths, roundabouts, and other coastal access improvements. The 16 miles of HOV lanes will be a part of a continuous 40 mile, 6-lane corridor extending from the city of Ventura (Ventura County) to the city of Goleta (Santa Barbara County).

Highway 101 serves as a critical link for interregional goods movement, coastal access, and travel between the Los Angeles basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. The current traffic volume within the project limits is 90,000 vehicles per day, exceeding capacity and bringing travel to a crawl. This project will reduce congestion and delays, as well as provide capacity for future travel demand.

Project partners include Federal, State, and local agencies with Caltrans being the project lead. Construction is currently underway on some of the phases with a project completion date of 2025. The total estimated cost of the project is $425M of which $107M are provided by SCCP and $98M from other State funds.

Key Benefits

  • Over 13,500 passenger hours of delay reduction daily.
  • Improved goods movement, interregional travel, and coastal access.
  • Improved access to coast for vehicles and bicycles.
  • Long life (40+ year) pavement on all lanes.
  • Increased jobs in the community.

Project Stats

16 Lane-miles HOV lanes
1 Improved interchange
11 Modified/reconstructed bridges
26 Lane-miles rehabilitated roadway
2.63 Miles sound wall

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