Orange County Branch Newsletter

May 2022


LA Metro and TCA Update

By Charlotte Wu, PE, ENV SP, STP | T&DI - Secretary

ASCE OC T&DI invited Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) to share the latest agencies’ updates in March and April of this year. Both events provided networking opportunities for everyone during the breakout room session. As part of the benefits of sponsoring the event, sponsors got to join the speaker in separate sponsors’ breakout rooms.

The Institute invited Ernesto Chaves, Deputy Executive Officer of Metro, to speak for the first virtual presentation of 2022 on March 8th. There were almost 50 participants during the virtual presentation. HNTB and EMI were the sponsors for this event. Mr. Ernesto covered multiple topics relating to road and highway projects including:

  • Measures R&M
  • Multiple Goals for roads and highways
  • Portfolio of highway projects
  • Highway program fund eligibility updates
  • Intelligent transportation systems (its)
  • SB 743/VMT Mitigation program and timeline
  • Upcoming opportunities

Mr. Ernesto went further and discussed the goals for road and highway projects. The goals include congestion management, active transportation, goods movement, public health, and reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and equity.

Powerpoint presentation slides for Metro’s presentation are available on T&DI’s website.

The Institute invited Samuel Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of TCA, to speak with the institute on April 12th. Nearly 100 participants joined the virtual presentation and the sponsors for this event were EMI, Jacobs, TRC, and TY Lin. Mr. Johnson gave a presentation on the recently approved TCA’s first seven-year Strategic Plan; it is available online at TCA’s website. There are seven focus areas in the Strategic Plan and they are:

  • Fiscal management
  • Regional mobility partnerships
  • Communications and public engagement
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Customer service
  • Toll service
  • Capital project delivery

Recording of the TCA presentation is available online on the T&DI website.

About the Author:

Charlotte Wu is a Transportation Engineer with AECOM. Charlotte is passionate about designing transportation projects that improve the quality of life while maintaining a balanced and sustainable community. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities such as running, snowboarding, and riding a bike. Charlotte can be contacted at [email protected].


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