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Santa Monica Mayor Becomes Chair Of Exposition Line Construction Authority

Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor.
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Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor.

Posted Jul. 13, 2013, 9:33 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor has become new chair of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority Board of Directors.

The board is overseeing construction of the 15-mile light-rail line between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Newly elected L.A. City Council Member Mike Bonin is the new vice chair.

O'Connor,who is also a Metro Board Member, said she was excited to take the lead for the Expo Construction Authority Board.

"We are growing Los Angeles County’s rail transit network as we complete this light-rail line all the way to Santa Monica,” O’Connor said. “It’s taken years of concerted effort, community support and political will. We are in the final stretch that will provide a transportation choice and a viable alternative to being stuck in traffic on the Westside.This is a time of great excitement and progress.”

The 6.6-mile Phase 2 Expo Line segment between Culver City and Santa Monica is currently under construction. This final leg in the line is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois also has announced the following appointments to the Metro Board of Directors:

-- L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will chair the Finance, Budget and Audit Committee

-- John Fasana will chair the Ad Hoc Congestion Pricing Committee

-- L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich will chair the System Safety and Operations Committee

-- L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe will chair the Construction Committee

-- DuBois will chair the Executive Management Committee

-- O'Connor will chair the Planning and Programming Committee and retain her position as chair of the Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee.

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Jul. 14, 2013, 3:39:25 am

stewart said...

It is my opinion that the Expo Line would have served the greater Los Angeles community better if it had gone down Venice Blvd where the street was already wide enough to accomodate the project during and after construction (not the least of which are those who live along the blvd) . many thousands of people have lost an opportunity to affordable and conveniently transit to the beaches, or destinations east bound in the opposite direction. But no, the SMRR council determined they would lobby for a line that would terminate in SM where the majority of residents are long since fed up with over development and grid lock already, wait till they get a load of the coming changes. O'Connor will be most to blame for the destruction and damage to the quality of life in SM more than anyone else, and it will not matter one whit.

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