Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Metro Board of Directors approved her motion, co-authored by Directors Fasana and Barger, to provide recommendations within 30 days to transfer funding to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments allowing the Capital Projects and Construction Committee to lead a Transit Feasibility Study for the San Gabriel Valley:

“San Gabriel Valley communities come out as winners after the Metro Board today approved my amending motion directing Metro to work with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Capital Projects and Construction Committee to complete a Transit Feasibility Study for the San Gabriel Valley. This study will identify new transit options for San Gabriel Valley residents to replace the SR-60 Alternative, which did not move forward as part of the Gold Line Eastside Extension project. Once this study is completed, I will work with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and our residents to advance recommendations that will bring new high-quality transit to the region.”

In addition, here is a statement of support from the Director of Government and Community Relations for the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Paul Hubler:

“The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) supports the motion by Directors Solis, Fasana and Barger to direct the Chief Executive Officer to report in 30 days with recommendations for transferring funding to the SGVCOG to procure and complete the San Gabriel Valley Transit Feasibility Study. The SGVCOG has a strong record of successfully executing transportation planning studies funded by Metro, most notably identifying subregional priority projects and programs to be included in Measure M. The SGVCOG also has a long record of implementing regionally and nationally significant transportation infrastructure improvement projects through cooperative agreements with Metro, including the Alameda Corridor-East Project and the State Routes 57/60 Confluence Chokepoint Relief Project in accordance with Metro standards and requirements.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov