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Metro Gold Line Extension Is a Priority of L.A. Mayor

"It is as high a priority for me to get that done as it is to bring rail to LAX," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Mayor Eric Garcetti told mayors and transportation officials from the San Gabriel Valley Thursday that as chair of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority he was committed to making sure the Metro Gold Line will one day reach further east of Los Angeles.

The Gold Line is a light rail line that runs from Pasadena to East Los Angeles, with the Gold Line Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa scheduled to open in 2016.

Garcetti said at a roundtable in Claremont on Thursday morning that he has listened to concerns that further expansion of the Gold Line beyond the San Gabriel Valley is not planned or funded at this time.

"It is as high a priority for me to get that done as it is to bring rail to LAX," Garcetti said.

A flurry of rail construction work already was underway, including the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the second phase of the Expo Line.

The roundtable—hosted by Garcetti and Assemblyman Chris Holden, D- Pasadena—was attended by mayors from seven San Gabriel Valley cities and representatives from Metro, the Gold Line Construction Authority, ACE and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments.

Garcetti said any regional transportation solution will not stop at city lines.

"We all live in the same city. We may be in different municipalities, but if we are honest with the geography and topography of the Southland, it is one big city," Garcetti said.

All cities must work together to beat out competing regions, according to the mayor.

"We have to get our act together in order to win," Garcetti said.

Garcetti's term as chair of the Metro LA board began July 1 and runs through June 30, 2015.

—City News Service
R. Ray Morford July 12, 2014 at 10:31 AM
A lot of words. Let's see the money !!!!!
Holly Rundberg July 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM
We are the only major US city that had such poor metro to and from the airports. The flyaway is the only hope. Ridiculous!
TT July 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Eric Garcetti's big priority is aiding and abetting illegal invaders of the US. He does that effectively. If you think rails matter to him, just look at the "Subway to the Sea". How much did that cost, and how did that work out? I'd love to hear his response, but I've heard his foul mouth. So I'd rather not hear anything from him.
preemero July 12, 2014 at 06:08 PM
I'm surprised he didn't bow down to taxi drivers like the previous mayors that didn't build a rail system to the airport. That should have been the very first rail we had. Opening every lane on the freeways would probably solve most congestion issues we have but then the politicians would have to give up federal funding. Now we have to live with bike lanes that cause more traffic cause they wanted the federal funds that came with that project so I don't think any of these projects are gonna lessen traffic their just big projects to keeptheir donors in business.
Joanne Nuckols July 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
$750 million of Measure R funds available for transfer from SR 710 gap closure funds in 2019. The cities of LA, South Pasadena and Pasadena very much want the Gold Line extended and do not want the SR 710, $12 Billion toll tunnels. Take the money, we won't stop you and encourage the action!

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