Transportation and Quality of Life

Transportation and Quality of Life

“Transportation issues are critical to California's economy and our everyday lives. We must continue to improve roads and highways to reduce congestion and increase driver safety. It is equally important that we invest in transportation alternatives, such as light rail, which are increasingly necessary in our growing region, and will help reduce pollution and traffic congestion.”

– Rep. Adam Schiff


Supporting Transportation Alternatives

Rep. Adam Schiff has long supported transportation alternatives projects to alleviate Los Angeles’ congestion and pollution. First as a state Senator, and then as a Representative in Congress, Schiff was a leader in developing and obtaining resources for the Pasadena Gold Line, which provides light rail transit through the Foothill communities. Schiff remains committed to providing adequate funding for this and other transportation projects that will serve the many parts of the 28th Congressional district that remain underserved by public transportation options. Schiff will aggressively pursue all avenues to ensure the benefits of accessible public transportation are more widely shared.

Improving Our Infrastructure

Investing in Los Angeles infrastructure is an important way to boost economic growth and improve quality of life. Upgrading our country’s aging infrastructure will allow for the swift movement of goods and people, which is critical for our economy to remain competitive in the global economy. Rep. Adam Schiff has worked hard throughout his time in Congress to secure federal funding for local infrastructure projects.

Schiff also believes in preserving and expanding green space in our communities. He has supported federal legislation that would help to revitalize parks and park infrastructure. He is also a supporter of local projects such as the proposed 44-acre Hollywood Central Park, which would create a street-level expansion of green space over the 101 Freeway between Hollywood and Santa Monica Boulevards.

Regulating Helicopter Traffic over Residential Neighborhoods

For most Angelenos, frequent helicopter noise is a way of life—and not a welcome one. Rep. Adam Schiff has led the charge on efforts to ensure that the use of helicopters near residential areas does not reduce the quality of life for LA residents.

Schiff, with the support of Los Angeles congressional delegation members and Senators Feinstein and Boxer, successfully included language in the fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending bill that required the FAA to initiate regulations addressing helicopter noise above Los Angeles within one year of enactment, unless the agency could meet six voluntary criteria regarding helicopter noise, including the creation of a comprehensive noise complaint system. In 2015, the FAA launched a helicopter noise complaint system for Los Angeles County, but the Secretary of Transportation also determined that enough progress had been made to avoid regulatory action on helicopter traffic in the county. More recently, the FAA decided to terminate funding for the noise complaint system altogether.

Schiff strongly disagreed with both decisions and has urged the FAA to improve the noise complaint system rather than terminate its funding. In the meantime, Schiff will continue to work with the community, FAA, and helicopter operators to bring relief to Los Angeles residents. 

Noise Concerns at Hollywood Burbank Airport

Rep. Adam Schiff recognizes that many residents who live near the Hollywood Burbank Airport have continued to deal with highly disruptive noise from flights, particularly at night, and have been frustrated with the FAA’s implementation of new routes at the airport. In March 2019, Schiff joined Rep. Brad Sherman and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris in formally asking the FAA to lead community roundtables to address noise issues.

Schiff has also supported a mandatory nighttime curfew for Bob Hope Airport so that Burbank residents can sleep peacefully. He will continue to work with the FAA, airports in our region, and the affected communities to help achieve meaningful relief for citizens of San Fernando Valley.