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Metro Awarded Planning Grant

Constituents of the Second Supervisorial District, Metro wants to hear from you.

The California Department of Transportation recently awarded a planning grant to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) to assist local jurisdictions with developing a plan to connect the proposed Florence/West station to the future Crenshaw /LAX Light Rail Line.

The goals of this project are to enhance access to the Crenshaw /LAX Light Rail Line, incorporate the community’s vision of development for the area and promote economic revitalization.

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative will host a series of community meetings to inform and obtain input from members of the community.

Please continue to check our blog for updates on the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail community meetings.

Next Public Hearing

Thursday, March 31, 2011

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Inglewood City Hall

Community Room A, First Floor

One West Manchester Blvd.

Inglewood, CA 90301

Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Station

The community is speaking, Metro is listening and progress is being made on the Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Station.

Metro recently completed a series of community workshops that has led to the development of a master plan that incorporates the desires of the Willowbrook community.

The Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Station connects the Blue and Green Lines and is one of the most heavily used transit assets in the entire system.  Over 16,500 people board and 14,500 disembark at the Rosa Parks Station each weekday.

Meet the Primes – January 27, 2011

Op-Ed: Scrutiny Will Keep MTA Finances On Correct Path

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By Mark Ridley-Thomas, November 15, 2010

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s money must be carefully watched. With literally billions of public dollars flowing through Metro’s fingers, the need for careful financial controls, and for fairness in Metro contracting, is greater than ever before.

Sensing intolerable traffic congestion, mounting concerns for global air quality and renewed interest in urban living, a unique coalition of business, labor and public sector voices joined with the electorate to sponsor and fund Measure R.

This half-cent-per-dollar sales tax is dedicated exclusively to transportation. Under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s “30/10” initiative to build 30 years of rail and highway improvements in 10 years, the critical path is now implementation, and a crucial element on that path will be Metro’s ability to manage its financial affairs.

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Op-Ed: Crenshaw Line Has Momentum

By Bishop Gregory L. Dixon, Gene Hale and Mayor Daniel K. Tabor

For our community, the Crenshaw/LAX rail line represents the final eight-and-a-half miles of a much longer journey. More than a quarter century ago, Mayor Tom Bradley, Congressman Julian Dixon and then-State Senator Diane Watson championed the idea of a rail line linking the Crenshaw District to a transit network spread across Los Angeles County.

But the Crenshaw line was soon derailed. After languishing for decades, the project was revived in the last two years through a push from County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Last week, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer joined Ridley-Thomas, Mayor Villaraigosa and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor head Maria Elena-Durazo to announce a $546 million Obama Administration loan for Crenshaw rail.

The Crenshaw line is back on track, and it’s time to speed that train up! We have been patient. Now we must move full steam ahead.

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