Garcetti Has Made Transportation Funding A Key Federal Priority
President Obama's Proposed Federal Budget Includes $330 Million for Extension of the Purple Line/Westside Subway and Downtown Regional Connector
LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that President Obama's proposed federal budget includes $330 million in critical funding to extend the Purple Line subway underneath Wilshire Blvd. from Western Avenue to Avenue of the Stars and to complete the Downtown Regional Connector, which brings together multiple rail lines to shorten trips and increase convenience and ease of transfers.
"I've made transportation funding a key focus of mine in Washington, and I want to thank President Obama for responding in such a big way to help us cut traffic, reduce air pollution and shorten commutes," Mayor and Metro Chair Garcetti said. "Our transportation infrastructure initiative is now the nation's largest public works program, putting tens of thousands of people to work and creating a better Los Angeles for today's commuters and tomorrow's workforce. As Mayor and Metro Chair, I am going to make sure we spend these dollars efficiently through tough oversight and sound management."
The President included $115 million for the Regional Connector, $115 million for Phase I of the Westside Subway Extension (from Western to La Cienega) and $100 million for Phase II of the Westside Subway Extension (from La Cienega to Avenue of the Stars) in his upcoming Department of Transportation budget.
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation projected that the Purple Line Extension would create 44,800 jobs and generate $2.81 billion in labor income. It would also generate $7.67 billion in business revenues.
The Purple Line is planned to eventually reach Westwood. Commuters would be able to travel there from Downtown Los Angeles in just 25 minutes. The Wilshire Corridor, under which the line runs, is one of the densest travel corridors in the nation.