Assemblyman Mike Davis, Chair of the Select Committee on Rail Transportation and Guillermo Acosta, 48th District Field Representative moderate “A Review of Rail Transportation in Southern California” hearing.
Assemblyman Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Select Committee on Rail Transportation presented the final hearing in a three part series at Expo Center, Comrie Hall in Exposition Park. The hearing examined the plans for rail projects in Los Angeles County. Research by Professor Marlon Boarnet, professor and director, Graduate Programs in Urban Planning, USC Price School of Public Policy was the only academic study presented.
His research shows that the transportation culture has changed over the years and the community demands increased rail systems to reduce traffic in metropolitan areas.
“Equal access to transportation dollars for residents of South Los Angeles and increased efforts on regional connectivity remain a significant part of rail transportation challenges today,” revealed Davis.
A large part of the hearing was devoted to the discussion of the importance of connectors to the Los Angeles Airport from the Green Line, Red Line and Metrolink.
The community residents' comments and questions targeted at MTA were focused on the much talked about Crenshaw line with the Leimert station. State Measure R and Measure J provide for the funding necessary to complete these rail projects and is expected to generate 250,000 jobs for county job seekers.
Activist Damien Goodman stated, “I will continue to work with MTA until an underground subway station is constructed in Leimert Park. I feel that MTA should be able to provide an underground station because other communities in Los Angeles have it. The coalition will continue to protect the last African American corridor in the West.”
“I am sure we will be able to achieve our goals by working with communities throughout this county of Los Angeles,” Davis said.