SUPERVISOR MICHAEL D. ANTONOVICH Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District 869 Hahn Hall of Administration ~ 500 West Temple Street ~ Room 869 Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.antonovich.com
SUPERVISOR MICHAEL D. ANTONOVICH
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District
869 Hahn Hall of Administration ~ 500 West Temple Street ~ Room 869
Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.antonovich.com
Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
July 11, 2008 For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH ANNOUNCES METRO GOLD LINE
SETS ALL-TIME RIDERSHIP RECORD
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – The Metro Rail Gold Line set new weekday ridership records for the month of June, as Los Angeles County commuters increasingly turned towards public transportation for their daily commute, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
"The cost-effective, convenient alternative to driving propelled the Gold Line to an all-time high in ridership," said County Supervisor and MTA Director Michael D. Antonovich. "It is vital that funding of the Gold Line extension through the San Gabriel Valley is provided now by the MTA to secure federal funding. We only have two months for Congress to act – but MTA funding is required first. "
The Metro Gold Line from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena, set a new ridership record for the second month in a row, with 26,338 average weekday boardings -- up 31.8 percent in over last year.
To expedite plans to extend the Gold Line to Azusa and the Ontario Airport, the MTA must take action to provide both $80 million and a commitment to operate the extension before the federal fiscal year expires in October, to allow the San Gabriel Valley congressional delgation to pursue federal matching funds this fiscal year.
"When the MTA asked the San Gabriel Valley to support the passage of Proposition 1B in 2006, the promise was made that the Foothill Extension would receive funding from the bond if it passed," said Antonovich. "The MTA needs to fulfill that promise to the San Gabriel Valley, and allow our Congressional leaders the opportunity to leverage those dollars to bring new federal dollars into the County."