Two agencies recently voted to endorse the 30/10 Initiative. Neither are a surprise. But it’s good to see more on board with the plan to speed up construction of Measure R projects because influencing Congress to approve elements of 30/10 will not be easy and the more local support, the better.
Here are the details from Metro CEO Art Leahy’s daily email to staff:
SCAG Approves Support for 30/10 Initiative
Yesterday, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council approved a SCAG Board Report to support the 30/10 Initiative. This item was held over from last month due to last month’s lengthy discussion on SB 375. Art Brown from the City of Buena Park complimented me on a recent presentation to cities regarding 30/10. He stated that the initiative makes a lot of sense and expressed his support for the approach. The report passed unanimously.
Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board Supports 30/10
At the September 22, 2010 Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board meeting, the Construction Authority Board voted unanimously to support Metro’s 30/10 plan. In doing so, the Board commended Mayor Villaraigosa for initiating and championing the plan and urged the Los Angeles County Congressional delegation and Senators Boxer and Feinstein to support the 30/10 plan as a means to stimulate the region’s economy and improve mobility and air quality. The Gold Line Foothill Extension is one component of the 30/10 plan and would extend the Gold Line from its existing terminus at Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena in two phases: first from Pasadena to Azusa and second from Azusa to Claremont.