My Op-Ed via LA Times
Two years ago, every one of the elected officials representing South Los Angeles — members of the City Council, the Legislature and Congress — joined in an unprecedented show of unity to call for the Crenshaw-to-LAX light-rail line to include a stop in Leimert Park Village.Read more
Via LA Observed
The Mayor of Los Angeles, the five County Supervisors and seven other directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) can soon answer a question left hanging for two years.
Will Leimert Park Village have a light rail station?
Fifty years to the month when the first Asian American was sworn into the California State Assembly, the late Alfred Hoyun Song received another distinction: the renaming of the Wilshire/Western metro station in his honor.
The motion to rename the station, located in the heart of Koreatown, was sponsored by Metro Board Director and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas, who said it will serve an as inspiration to not just Korean Americans and Korean immigrants, but to all who overcome enormous challenges and obstacles to serve their communities and the nation with dedication.Read more
Via LA Times
Plans to build a light rail connection to Los Angeles International Airport advanced Monday with the unveiling of four potential station sites that would link to a people mover serving passenger terminals. After years of pursuing separate transportation plans for LAX, Los Angeles World Airports and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority now are working together to develop options for a rail stop that could tie the Green Line and the planned Crenshaw Line to the nation's third-busiest airport.Read more
In case you missed it--New York Times: Toll Unsettles Los Angeles Motorists Used to ‘Free’ in Freeways
Via New York Times
GARDENA, Calif. — They call them freeways for a reason.
But one of the symbols of the American freeway — Interstate 110, which runs, or rather crawls, across central Los Angeles — is free no more. At precisely 10 p.m. last Saturday, motorists faced a toll of up to $15.40 for the privilege of driving an 11-mile stretch of express lanes between Gardena and downtown Los Angeles.Read more
Mark Ridley-Thomas worked to secure a $546 million federal loan guarantee to jumpstart construction of the 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor light rail project that will transport commuters, students and seniors from the Crenshaw District to the Green Line Station in El Segundo. The seven-station 1.76 billion light rail line construction project is underway with completion of the line expected in 2019. Mark Ridley-Thomas has engaged consultants to examine transit-oriented development (TOD) possibilities along the Crenshaw/LAX Line, including a vision for revitalizing Leimert Park Village where a below-grade transit station will be located. NOTE: Add hyperlink to Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles Report.
In Spring 2016, Mark Ridley-Thomas will join city officials from Culver City and Santa Monica for the official opening of Expo Line Phase 2. The 12-station, 8.6-mile Phase 1 portion of the Expo Line – running from downtown L.A. to Culver City – opened in Spring 2012. Seven stations are being built on the 6.6-mile Expo Line Phase 2 light rail line that will travel through West L.A. to the vicinity of Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade shopping district.
Crenshaw/LAX and Expo Line Phase 1 and 2 are expected to transport tens of thousands of passengers daily and connect residents of Southwest Los Angeles to Pasadena, Universal City, East L.A. and Long Beach through Metro’s regional light rail system.
Mark Ridley-Thomas has recommended the feasibility study for the proposed “Rail-to-River Bikeway” that would transform unused or abandoned rail right-of-ways along a blighted section of Slauson Avenue into an 8.3-mile linear park featuring a pedestrian walk-path and bike route.