Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Supervisor Janice Hahn have released statements after the Los Angeles Metro Board voted in favor of the Gold Line Eastside Extension, which would connect East LA to Gateway Cities.

Statement from Supervisor Hilda L. Solis

“Today, the Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors took a significant step forward in advancing our commitment of 28 completed transportation projects by 2028. Earlier this afternoon, the Board approved moving ahead with the Washington Boulevard alternative for the Gold Line Eastside Extension, a light rail transit project that will serve thousands of riders a day who live in economically disadvantaged communities throughout the Gateway Cities. This project will connect the Metro Gold Line in East Los Angeles to Whittier’s historic downtown area, two communities in need of greater access to public transit.

“Additionally, I authored a motion that directs Metro to honor a $635.5 million transit commitment it made to communities throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Today’s motion also instructs Metro to begin work on a new transit project that will serve communities along the State Route 60 corridor. This new transit project will link the eastern part of the County with downtown Los Angeles, which would help create more local jobs, enhance our transit system, and connect more low-income households to public transit. Today’s vote was a win-win for all communities. I want to thank the motion’s co-authors, including Directors Hahn, Butts, Garcia, Fasana, and Garcetti for placing the needs of our communities first by moving these transit projects forward.”

Statement from Supervisor Janice Hahn

“We are moving forward with plans to extend the Gold Line to Whittier which will connect communities in the eastern part of the county to Downtown Los Angeles and create thousands of jobs in the process. If all goes well, this project will be completed before the 2028 Olympics.”