‘Moving Valley Transit Forward’
Metro Board Unanimously Passes Landmark Motion to Study Light Rail in the San Fernando Valley
Community and Business Leaders, Elected Officials, Grassroots Transit Advocates Will Gather to Announce Broad Support
LOS ANGELES- In response to today’s unanimous vote by the Metro Board of Directors to study the feasibility of creating a new light rail system on the Orange Line and connecting the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, State, County and City elected officials, community and business leaders, and grassroots transit advocates will announce their strong support for the landmark measure.
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: THIS FRIDAY, July 25, 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: North Hollywood Orange Line Station, 5384 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood (West side of Lankershim)
WHO: Metro Board members, elected officials, community and business leaders, and transit advocates, including:
“This is a big step for San Fernando Valley’s two million residents, who need more transit options, including light rail,” said Metro Director and LA City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. Now, we’ll find out exactly what it will take to get there. Because of this vote, Metro will study options to upgrade the Orange Line and create a San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley transit corridor.”
Councilmember Krekorian continued, “Valley residents want more connectivity. Out of more than 80 rail stops in LA County, the Valley only has two. It’s an underserved area when it comes to transit. We have an opportunity to change that and give people better ways to get from home to work to school.”
The Metro Board motion was sponsored by Councilmember Krekorian, Mayor Garcetti, Supervisors Yaroslavsky and Antonovich, and Directors John Fasana and Ara Najarian. Here’s what they unanimously passed today:
Read the motion here: http://bit.ly/1mPGYIM
The Metro Board vote comes on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown signing AB 577 (Nazarian), which allows for the construction of light rail in the southeast San Fernando Valley. The historic move repealed a 23-year ban that had constrained Valley transportation options, affecting hundreds of thousands of commuters. In response, Metro constructed the bus-only Orange Line, which has been a tremendous success, far exceeding ridership expectations by carrying close to 30,000 people a day.
Now, with all options on the table, the new Metro study could have a positive impact on millions of people in LA County.
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