A $39 million state grant to the Willowbrook / Rosa Parks Metro station won praise on August 29th from state and local officials, public health professionals, Metro workers, community and faith leaders and environmental groups.
“I commend the State for investing in projects that meet a triple bottom line,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who also serves as chair of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors. “The improvements will green our environment, improve access to our public transit system, and help revitalize the surrounding community.”
The funding comes from the California Cap and Trade program, which provides funding to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through various initiatives including expanding public transportation ridership. In addition to improvements at the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station, the grant will also be used for traffic signal enhancements along the entire Blue Line. The project is expected to yield a 865,000 ton reduction in carbon emissions, an equivalent of Angelinos driving 2 billion less miles.
“Metro means business when it comes to greening the environment and reducing greenhouse gases,” the Supervisor said.
Joining the Supervisor in lauding the new funding were Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, Senator Isadore Hall, III, California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly, California Air Resources Board Vice Chair Sandra Berg and Coalition for Clean Air CEO and South Coast Air Quality Management District Board member Joe Lyou.
The Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station renovation project is part of a nearly $1 billion planned investment that seeks to improve the quality of life for the Willowbrook community by promoting health and wellness, economic development and job creation. More than $650 million has been invested in the MLK Medical Center campus and a new library and senior housing has also been approved.
Part of the Metro Blue Line, the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station is the fourth busiest station in the entire Metro system. Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station improvements will provide better commuter access with a new plaza and parking facility, and will enhance passenger safety with new lighting and a Sheriff’s substation. The Metro Blue Line is one of the nation’s busiest light rail lines, with nearly 80,000 daily boardings.