Boxer applauds Gold Line money

I spotted this in my inbox this morning:


Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today lauded U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s announcement that $66.7 million in the economic recovery package will be used for Metro’s Gold Line Eastside Extension project.

This funding is part of a $742.5 million commitment for transit projects in nine states.

Senator Boxer said, “The people of Los Angeles know gridlock, traffic congestion and poor air quality all too well. I am so pleased that funding from the economic recovery package will be used to support this important transit project to ease congestion, reduce air pollution and improve our daily lives.”

The Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Project, a six-mile light rail project that includes 1.8 miles of tunnel and eight new stations, will connect Los Angeles Union Station with East Los Angeles via Little Tokyo/Art District and Boyle Heights.

Senator Boxer has helped secure federal funding for the project and visited the project’s construction site last year.