Budget season in Los Angeles is in full swing. As the Budget and Finance Committee makes its final recommendations to the City Council this week about LA's $9.2 million budget, Metro has also begun deliberating on the agency's fiscal year 2018 $6.1 billion expenditure plan. The budget is a statement of the agency's priorities and reflects the will of riders and voters, who approved Measure M in November 2016.
- There are no overall changes to its service hours, however, service has been right-sized to increase peak frequencies on priority bus lines. The delivery of new light rail vehicles in the upcoming fiscal year will also meet growing demand on the Expo Line and Gold Line, representing an 11.6% increase in rail service hours.
- The two largest expenses for the agency are building new projects and transit operations.
- Funding will also increase to regional partners by $200 million to support transit and transportation improvements in local communities.
- The 2018 fiscal year will continue on the big three Measure M construction projects: Crenshaw/LAX, Regional Connector, and the Purple Line Extension, while also breaking ground on the Airport Connector.