LOS ANGELES, CA – Almost a year ago, the Metro Board endorsed the ‘Twenty-Eight by ’28 Initiative’ to highlight projects for completion by the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. Today, the Metro Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Director Hilda L. Solis, and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Inglewood Mayor James Butts, that adopts and reaffirms 28 by ’28 as an official Metro policy and directs Metro staff to report back to the Metro Board with a financial plan for how to fund all the 28 by ’28 projects.
“Today, Metro took a concrete step forward by adopting Twenty-Eight by ’28 as an official policy: creating a transformative, safer, and healthier future for all Los Angeles County residents,” said Supervisor Solis. “For too many years, many of our low-income, transit-dependent communities have been ignored or overlooked by transit projects that could provide relief and more equity to our transit system. By developing a tangible financial strategy for implementing these critical transportation projects, Metro is putting our money where our mouth is. We are dedicating these funds to where they are needed the most. These improvements are coming: we will see to it.”
Two mega projects in the ‘Twenty-Eight by ’28 Initiative’ are the West Santa Ana Branch and the Eastside Gold Line Extension, both of which would directly serve traditionally-disadvantaged communities.
“28 by 28 is more than a catchy slogan,” said Supervisor Hahn. “It is the ambitious and exciting plan to dramatically expand and connect our transit network and bring it into the 21st century — all in just 10 years.”
“Winning the bid for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games gives us a chance to re-imagine Los Angeles — and to spend the next decade creating a legacy that will touch people’s lives for generations to come,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Twenty-Eight by ’28 is helping us frame the progress we’re making in the years leading up to the Games, by harnessing the unifying power of the Olympic Movement to transform our transportation future.”
Today’s motion directs Metro staff to report back to the Metro Board by the December 2018 Metro Board meeting with the full Twenty-Eight by ’28 financial plan and policy for the full Board to consider at its February 2019 meeting.
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