Senator Boxer: Creating Jobs and Improving Transit in Los Angeles   

Tuesday, June 15, 2010  

Dear Friend:

I recently got some great news about a development that will soon create hundreds of new jobs in Los Angeles:  U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood sent me a letter expressing his strong support for the “30/10” plan to accelerate transit development in Los Angeles as a model for funding transportation projects across the country.  I am grateful to Mayor Villaraigosa and other Los Angeles leaders for bringing this idea to me.

Secretary LaHood also told me that the Federal Transit Authority at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to accelerate consideration of the Red Line Westside Extension – also known as “Subway to the Sea” – by admitting the entire 9.3-mile project into its preliminary engineering process, and by conducting the environmental review of all segments of the project simultaneously instead of doing it in multiple phases.

Secretary LaHood understands the opportunity to make the 30/10 vision a reality here and around the country.  The Secretary is also working with me on finding every opportunity under current law so we can accelerate 30/10 now.  DOT’s decision to expedite consideration of the Subway to the Sea is a great step forward, and will help ensure that as we work to accelerate funding, DOT will work to have this project ready.

Accelerating transit development will create hundreds of new jobs in the near future.  Completing the Red Line Westside Extension will also greatly reduce traffic congestion, which in turn will improve air quality and public health.  This is a win-win for Los Angeles and California, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer