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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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Rail Line To LAX Gets $546 Million Boost

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SUPERVISOR RIDLEY-THOMAS APPLAUDS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LOAN AS CRUCIAL TO LONG-AWAITED CRENSHAW LINE

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas today joined U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in announcing a vital U.S. Department of Transportation loan of $546 million for the eagerly anticipated Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line.

“Senator Boxer heard the voices of the Crenshaw community and has led us to this major triumph in our quest for a first-class rail system. It is our hope this massive infusion of federal funds will be used to move passengers to the Crenshaw corridor and on to LAX on a train that goes underground to enhance prosperity without disrupting the streetscapes of our neighborhoods,” Ridley-Thomas said.

The Crenshaw/LAX line represents the largest public works investment in South Los Angeles in history. “This project is the result of tireless efforts of a coalition of organizations and citizens who have joined together to make this vision of a new line a reality, but would not have been possible without the push in Washington from Senator Boxer,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.

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Join The Transit-Oriented Development Tour For The Crenshaw/LAX Rail Line

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Please join the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) to learn more about Metro’s transit system and Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD).

Saturday, October 23, 2010 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

The Bus Tour will depart from the West Angeles Church of God in Christ 30th St. Parking Lot, located at 2956 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 (NE Corner of 30th St. and Crenshaw Blvd.). Served by Metro Lines 37, 38, 210, 305, &710.

TOD projects reduce auto use and increase transit ridership by directly linking Metro’s transportation network with retail, commercial, and housing opportunities, while enhancing the overall land use and economic development goals for the surrounding community.

Due to limited space, RSVP’s are required by October 18th. To RSVP, please contact Kinya Claiborne at 310-333-1846 or RSVP@mckissackmw.com or Victoria Woods at 213-977-2647 or vwoods@cra.lacity.org.

Help Shape The Future Of The South Bay Metro Green Line Extension

We would like to invite you to attend a Community Meeting on the South Bay Metro Green Line Extension. The Environmental Review process started earlier this year with four Public Scoping meetings in April and May. These meetings were designed to introduce the project and gather initial community input.

These Community Meetings will provide an overview and update of the project, recap of the Scoping Meetings, as well as progress on the project alternatives and proposed station locations.

Metro encourages you to become involved with the project planning by coming to learn about the key features, ask questions and provide important feedback. All meetings are open to the public and we urge you to invite your friends and neighbors.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 6-8 PM
Nakano Theater
3330 Civic Center Dr
Torrance, CA 90503
Served by Torrance Transit Lines 1 and 8.

Thursday October 21, 2010, 6-8 PM
Lawndale Christian Church
4234 W. 147th St
Lawndale, CA 90260
Served by Metro Lines 40 and 125 and Gardena Transit Line 1.

Monday, October 25, 2010, 6-8 PM
North Redondo Senior Center, Perry Park
2308 Rockefeller Ln
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Served by Metro Line 130 and Torrance Transit Line 8.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 6-8 PM
Flight Path Learning Center
6661 West Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Served by Beach City Transit Line 109.