Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after Metro staff approved a contract to conduct a technical feasibility study of the Los Angeles River/Rio Hondo Confluence in the City of South Gate as part of Metro’s West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor project:
“The cities surrounding the Confluence of the Los Angeles River and Rio Hondo are among the most park-poor, disadvantaged, and transit-dependent communities in LA County. I am delighted that Metro has awarded STV Incorporated a $871,000 contract to launch a technical feasibility study of the LA River and Rio Hondo Confluence Station for the WSAB Transit Corridor which will provide Southeast LA communities easy access to a future cultural center, a regional park, light-rail transit, and multi-use trails.
“This contract is an investment in our transportation infrastructure, and it will benefit low-income neighborhoods that line the Confluence. A new Metro station located at the Confluence could widen access to cultural amenities for residents throughout Los Angeles County, and would provide desperately needed high-quality public transit for those living in the surrounding neighborhoods, directly improving career and educational opportunities, while spurring economic development.”
If the study determines the LA River and Rio Hondo Confluence Station is feasible, it will be added to the WSAB project. In December 2018, the Metro Board of Directors passed a motion authored by Supervisor Solis, and co-authored by Directors Ridley-Thomas, Dupont Walker, and Butts, to launch a feasibility study of a possible Metro station located at the Los Angeles River/Rio Hondo Confluence in the City of South Gate as part of the WSAB Transit Corridor.
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