Press Release

Hertzberg Applauds Substantial State Funding Granted to San Fernando Valley Transit Projects

Over $1 billion is committed to LA Metro, paving the way for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project

April 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), committed over $1 billion to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) for new transit corridors, as well as $36 million to the City of Los Angeles (LA DOT) for improving fuel efficiency of the city’s busses.

The LA Metro funding will finance several projects that will broaden and modernize transit connectivity in Los Angeles County, including the creation of the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor. All of the LA Metro projects together will add over 120,000 additional riders per day by 2028.

Sen. Hertzberg released the following statement upon the announcement:

“This is a damn big deal for the San Fernando Valley. I’ve fought for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor for years, because it will provide much needed north-south transit service in the East San Fernando Valley with better access to local and regional transit services, more room for passengers, and it’ll run on time. With this funding, our region will see improved mobility, reduced traffic congestion and improved local air quality.”

Because Sen. Hertzberg is the only state representative in the East San Fernando Valley due to several Assembly vacancies, he wrote a letter in January urging the Brown Administration to fully fund the project, which would improve air quality and provide additional benefits to low-income households and disadvantaged communities.

The grants were both made possible through CalSTA’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), which is funded by SB 1 and Cap and Trade revenue.

Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Katie.Hanzlik@sen.ca.gov
Press Secretary
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
(916) 651-4018

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