press release

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Councilmember Huizar: Rick Coca (213) 200-9974 [email protected]

Huizar Endorses Garcetti’s Motion to Expand Metro Rail Service to the Arts District
Motion comes after Arts District residents offer input to Metro, with Garcetti and Huizar office’s working on a path forward to consider extending Purple Line service to the Arts District and potentially the 6th Street Bridge

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 19, 2017) – On Thursday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti presented a motion on the Los Angeles

County Metro Board, along with L.A County Supervisor Hilda Solis, MTA Board Director Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker,  and L.A.

City Councilmember Mike Bonin, to look at options for expanding Metro Rail service to the Arts District.

The motion comes after Arts District residents attended a Metro meeting on Dec. 22nd to consider a proposed federally mandated turnaround station near the One Santa Fe Lofts on 3 rd Street. Residents asked why the agency was not also considering expanding the Purple Line as far as 6th Street at the same time.

Following that meeting, Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Huizar’s staff conferred that the options to expand rail service through the Arts District supported by the community had considerable merit. And after speaking with Supervisor Solis’ office, who offered her support, the motion was drafted.

“I want to thank Mayor Garcetti, along with Supervisor Solis, for working with me and the community on requiring Metro to look at some reasonable options in expanding the Purple Line into the Arts District in concert with the needed turn-around station,” said Councilmember Huizar.  “As the site of several important projects, it is vital to link the new 6th Street Bridge and the LA River Bikepath with the greater Los Angeles community. Not only will rail service improve transit for residents of the Arts District and Boyle Heights, but it would also solidify the new 6th Street Bridge as a crucial hub for the area. I look forward to working with Mayor Garcetti, Supervisor Solis, Board Director Dupont-Walker, Councilmember Bonin and Council District 14 residents to move this motion forward.”

“L.A.’s downtown arts scene is alive with galleries and performances that draw visitors from across our city and region,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Vice-Chair Eric Garcetti. “Red and Purple Line stops in the Arts District would make it that much easier for everyone to enjoy all the area has to offer — and that’s why one of my priorities for Metro is to make sure our rail system serves that vital part of downtown.”

“Measure M was practically a public mandate to rethink how we plan and implement a multi-modal transportation system across the County. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the Metro board to leverage current and planned investments so as to capitalize on unique opportunities,” said LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Although a Purple Line station in the Arts District is not currently funded, I believe the option to one day have a station there should not be precluded. We need to work collaboratively and be creative in our infrastructure designs and funding strategies to make this station a reality in the future.”

As the site of extraordinary growth, the Arts District will serve as the home of the ongoing 6th Street Viaduct Replacement project and the LA River Waterway and System Bikepath project. Linking these infrastructure projects will allow Los Angeles’ sprawling transit network to connect with over $800 million of new infrastructure.

More importantly, an extension of Metro Rail’s service will also spur vital economic growth, bolstering the vibrant redevelopment of the Arts District and linking the Boyle Heights community with the rest of Los Angeles with more sustainable and reliable transit.

The motion is expected to be considered by the Metro Board of Directors later this month.