Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2009 Contact: Aurelio Rojas James Bolden
MTA COMMITTEE ADVANCES TO FULL BOARD A PLAN TO CONNECT
CRENSHAW TRANSIT CORRIDOR WITH LARGER REGIONAL PLAN
Motion will go before the full MTA Board for vote next Thursday
LOS ANGELES – Acting on a motion by Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Don Knabe and Santa Monica City Councilmember Pam O’Conner, a committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today advanced to the full MTA board for consideration the setting aside of about $5 million to complete an environmental clearance process that would set the stage for connecting the Crenshaw Transit Corridor project with the larger regional plan.
The full MTA board is scheduled to vote next Thursday, May 28, on the recommendation by the MTA’s Planning and Programming Committee to use Measure R dollars and other appropriate funding options to finalize the Harbor Subdivision South Bay Corridor environmental clearance process.
Convinced that connecting the Crenshaw Transit Corridor project with the larger regional plan provides greater benefits in long run transportation goals, the MTA committee has suggested including the money in the 2010 budget in anticipation of the Green Line Extension.
“It is important that we evaluate all of our options and have them in a higher state of readiness so that new funding opportunities can be taken advantage of once they occur,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.
Last month, the Supervisor led newly-appointed MTA Chief Executive Officer Arthur T. Leahy on a tour along the Crenshaw Transit Corridor, part of the major project to improve public transit services in the area. The Supervisor directed the tour of proposed transit stops that began at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza and traveled through the communities of Leimert Park, Park Mesa/Hyde Park, Inglewood, and LAX.
Mobility requirements in the corridor have been well documented in many studies for more than 15 years, including the Crenshaw-Prairie Corridor Preliminary Planning Study (1994), the Route Refinement Study (2000), the Major Investment Study (2003), and the 2004 Regional Transportation Plan.
The Crenshaw Corridor extends approximately 10 miles from
The Harbor Subdivision is a freight rail corridor, approximately 26 miles in length that traverses southwest
Metro has initiated an Alternatives Analysis Study for the Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor to examine potential transit service along the
- Improving mobility in southwestern
by introducing high-frequency transit service options; Los Angeles County
- Enhancing the regional transit network by interconnecting existing and planned rapid transit lines, such as Crenshaw;
- Providing an alternative mode of transportation for commuters currently using the congested I-405 and I-110 corridors;
- Improving transit accessibility for residents of communities along the corridor;
- Encouraging a mode shift to transit, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
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