Mayor Garcetti begins term as Chair of the Metro Board of Directors

Here is the news release from the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti:

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today began his term as Chair of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors, his third term in this post. He succeeds outgoing Chair and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr.

“This is a moment not only to consider what’s possible on our roads and rail lines — it’s a time to reimagine how our transportation network can help deliver sustainability, equity, prosperity, and a better  quality of life to all Angelenos,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. “Metro will be a strong force for positive change — a system where we lead on electrification, push forward on congestion relief, inject racial justice into every decision, reduce traffic, clean our air, create jobs, and connect our communities.”

Mayor Garcetti will take a consensus-based approach as Chair of the Metro Board, where local voices are empowered and taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly. His upcoming term will focus on three core priorities:

Achieve Transportation Equity: Mayor Garcetti is committed to leveraging Metro’s resources to advance racial justice and economic opportunity for L.A. County residents by restructuring the bus system through the NextGen Bus Plan; lowering fares; providing workforce development programs and pipelines to employment; making transformative investments in historically underserved communities; and maximizing opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses.

Pursue Climate Action: Passenger vehicles are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California — over three times more than the next biggest source. To take bold steps to reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled and greenhouse gas emissions, Mayor Garcetti will help lead Metro to attract new riders; electrify its bus fleet; evaluate a congestion pricing program; incentivize affordable housing; and build transit-oriented communities.

Reimagine the Future: Propelled by the momentum created by Measure R and Measure M, Mayor Garcetti will support Metro’s work to accelerate project timelines; develop and deploy new mobility options; utilize and leverage public-private partnerships; and harness the L.A. area’s innovative and creative spirit to incorporate the latest technology in Metro’s work.

“Metro will be faced with unprecedented challenges and opportunities in the coming fiscal year. I have great confidence in Mayor Garcetti to help us steer our way through this unique time in our agency’s history,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Mayor Garcetti is a true humanitarian who strives to improve the lives of Angelenos in every way possible. His term as Chair of our Board will complement our own agency efforts to provide the best transportation system for all L.A. County residents.”

In 2016, Mayor Garcetti led the coalition to pass Measure M — and more than 71% of voters in L.A. County backed his vision to invest $120 billion in expanding our transit system, fixing streets and freeways, and putting more than 777,800 people to work over the next 40 years.

Since 2013, Metro has broken ground on four transportation mega-projects under the watch of Mayor Garcetti, including:

  • Crenshaw/LAX Line, a 8.5-mile light rail line that will improve mobility in South Los Angeles and transform the way Angelenos and visitors access LAX.
  • Regional Connector, which will tie Metro’s light rail lines together through Downtown Los Angeles, allowing for a one-seat ride from the Eastside to the beach.
  • Purple Line Extension, an underground subway on the Wilshire Blvd. corridor that will allow riders to travel between downtown Los Angeles and Westwood in 25 minutes.
  • Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase 2B, continuing the Gold Line 12 miles east from Azusa to Montclair.

When Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles won the bid for the 2028 Olympic Games, Metro adopted his 28 by ’28 initiative, a plan to harness the unifying power of the Olympic Movement to accelerate L.A.’s transportation future and leverage Measure M to complete 28 key transportation projects in time for the Games.

Mayor Garcetti has also led the way to creating the largest clean-air bus fleet in the nation. He directed Metro to develop plans to convert to a 100% zero-emissions bus fleet, and he has moved on a bold set of goals — including a fully zero-emissions conversion of the Orange Line by 2020 and a 100 percent zero-emission fleet for all of Metro by the end of 2030.


6 replies

  1. With all the cuts the Mayor wants to make to the police I wonder how many riders will not want to be anywhere near anything related to mass transit. He is already screwing up the city and he will probably screw up the transit system also.

  2. Uhh, unless you plan on building “hub and spoke” transit centers throughout the country, the idea of fully electric is stupid at best. Those buses park on city streets, as someone else said how on earth do you plan on a plan B for this. It works for some routes on the Foothill transit System because of hub and spoke transit centers, the same can be said for CC and BBB as well, but not for Metro. Where the only places I think can work is El Monte, Universal City, Union Station, and Artesia. Sure there are places like Sylmar and Burbank as well, but what about East Hollywood? Athens? South Bay? Crenshaw? Santa Monica? Pasadena? West Valley? San Pedro? The list goes on.

  3. Has Mayor Eric Garcetti ever drove a bus in his lifetime? I don’t think so. Why is he the head of the Metro Board. Mayor Eric Garcetti start with paying all Bus Operators Hazard Pay. Make cuts elsewhere. Thank you.

  4. The use of electric buses such as those being assigned to the Orange Line is a novel idea until one recognizes it will not work for most lines the MTA runs. The Orange Line will have dedicated charging stations at each end of the line, both of which are not typical layovers but instead off street. The majority of MTA layovers are on streets that are subject to closure and detours either planned or unplanned. How does the MTA plan on recharging the buses electrical systems if they must layover at an alternate location where no charging is available? Grand schemes without sensible thought has plagued the MTA since its inception. The constant outreach to fill high level jobs outside the agency is one of those problems. It is only when the Grand Scheme is attempted that lower management must step win and attempt to solve the problem with the limited tools they are provided with. The usual reply is “just implement it” with the consequences placed on the backs of said lower management.

  5. If he does to your transit system what he is doing to the police and ,businesses in the city good luck.

  6. Metro has one primary function. Move residents from one place to another. Everything else is junk. If Emperor Eric tries to make Metro into a social mission, Metro will never get another tax proposal passed by the voting citizens.