Mayor to announce "30/10" push to accelerate Measure R transit funding

This morning the Mayor’s office released the following press release:

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA TO ANNOUNCE “30/10” PUSH TO ACCELERATE MEASURE R
TRANSIT FUNDING

LOS ANGELES –  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce that he is
building a coalition to support the acceleration of the transit projects
included in Measure R over 30 years into 10 years in a speech at the Los
Angeles Business Council’s Annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation, and
Jobs Summit today at 12:30 p.m. at the UCLA Korn Convocation Hall, UCLA
Anderson School of Management, 110 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, 90095.

The “30/10” program would leverage the $20 billion approved by
voters in the Measure R half-cent Countywide sales tax for 12 transit
projects to expedite construction and the job, health, and environmental
benefits the projects will bring.

This month the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation approved
its long range transportation plan which includes a $22 billion
investment in 12 transit projects over 30 years.   The Mayor will
explain why he believes thirty years is too long to wait for the
sustainability improvements the projects will bring.

The Measure R transit projects include (partial list):

The Westside subway extension

The Regional Connector light rail connector in Downtown Los Angeles

The Crenshaw corridor transit project

The Foothill Extension of the Metro Gold Line

The Expo light rail line on the Westside

A rail connection to LAX

WHO
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,
Los Angeles Business Council

WHAT
The Mayor will announce that he is building a coalition to support the
acceleration of the transit projects included in Measure R from 30 years
into 10 years

WHERE
UCLA Korn Convocation Hall
UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, 90095

WHEN
Friday
October 30, 2009
Speech at 12:30 p.m.