03.25.10

Rep. Schiff Applauds MTA Agreement that Clears the Way for Construction to Begin on Gold Line Foothill Extension

Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Schiff applauded the Los Angeles Metro Transportation Authority (Metro) on approving two agreements today that will allow construction to begin on Phase 2A of the Gold Line Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa in June. The two agreements, the Master Cooperative Agreement (MCA) and the Fund Transfer Agreement (FTA), allocate hundreds of millions of Measure R dollars for Phase 2A of the extension and set a timeline for it to be completed.  The project will create thousands of jobs in the local construction industry, which has been hit hard by the recession.

“This is great news when we need it most,” said Schiff.  “Constructing the Gold Line Foothill Extension will give our local economy a significant and greatly needed boost.  It will create jobs immediately and generate hundreds of millions in economic activity once it is completed.”

These agreements also include guidelines for the Metro and the Metro Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority to work together on overseeing the progress of the design and construction of the new line.  In recent months, Rep. Schiff had several productive conversations with Metro urging the two organizations to work together to ensure that today’s agreements were reached in order to ensure that the project remained on track to break ground in June.

Once completed the Gold Line Foothill Extension will bring hundreds of millions of dollars in commerce to the communities along the line.  It will also ease congestion on overcrowded local roads and highways and improve air quality.