COLLEGES RECEIVE $4.29 MILLION
IN FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDS
Local Valley Colleges Receive: $1,285,000
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Community College District announced
today that it will receive more than four million dollars in funding for
projects under the federal transportation bill passed by Congress this
week. President Bush is scheduled to sign the bill, H.R. 3 The
Transportation Equity Act, A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), also referred
to as the Highway Bill, this week. Each of the five Los Angeles Community
College District (LACCD) campuses receiving funding will match 20% of
the federal monies with funding generated by voter-approved Proposition
A or AA.
The funds we will receive under the federal transportation bill
will improve mobility and access for students, faculty and local residents,
and complement the progress we are making to build a better Los Angeles
community college system, said Darroch Rocky Young,
LACCD Chancellor. On each campus, we preformed a transportation
needs assessment to improve access to existing public transportation and
worked with members of Congress to secure funds for projects that address
those needs. We are grateful to Congressmembers Xavier Becerra, Brad Sherman,
Adam Schiff and Hilda Solis, who were strong advocates on our behalf.
They are true champions of our community colleges.
Anyone who lives in Los Angeles knows how important mobility is,
and its even more true for our students, said Larry Eisenberg,
LACCD Executive Director of Facilities, Planning and Development. Each
federally-funded project addresses their transportation needs. The help
from Washington will help get our students to college.
Red Line Pedestrian Connector
Trade Tech Intermodal Links with Bus and Metro
Rapid Transit Station Extension
Ave Busway Improvements
Los Angeles City College:
Connects City College and the Metro Red Line station at Vermont/Willowbrook
and the Braille Institute and Metro Rapid stop at Vermont/Melrose. Project
includes: tactile aids for the visually impaired, pedestrian improvements
and new transit plaza. Congressman Xavier Becerra advocated for this funding.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College: Links LA Trade Tech with the
Metro Blue Line station at Grand Avenue and the Metro buses serving Grand
Avenue. Project includes: landscaping, street furniture, lighting, and
will focus on pedestrian improvements. Congressman Xavier Becerra advocated
for this funding.
Pierce College: The Bus Rapid Transit Station Extension extends
the BRT and will serve as the major pedestrian entry to the campus. Project
includes: landscaping, lighting, signage, a new bus shelter, scheduling
kiosk, and gateway. The Brahma Drive Realignment will straighten Brahma
Drive, a main thoroughfare through campus to address current concerns.
Congressman Brad Sherman advocated for this funding.
Los Angeles Mission College: Develops an on-campus transit center
and will create an off-street terminal/hub for MTA line 234. Project includes:
off-street terminal for layover of busses, restrooms for drivers, sheltered
benches, landscaping, lighting, and an information kiosk. Congressman
Brad Sherman advocated for this funding.
East Los Angeles College: Improves transit mobility by better integrating
buses operated by the cities of Monterey Park and Montebello, and the
County of Los Angeles. The project serves the regions long-range
transportation goal to enhance the potential for transit use through efficient
multi-modal connections and improves transfer linkages to major transit
center. Project also includes: benches, shelter, paving integrated with
the campus design, landscaping, pedestrian lighting, signage, information
kiosk. Congresswoman Hilda Solis advocated for this funding. Congressman
Adam Schiff successfully advocated for an additional $600,000 for this
projects from the Fiscal Year 2004 and 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill.
The community colleges
construction and modernization projects receive funding from Propositions
A and AA, two bond measures overwhelmingly approved by Los Angeles voters.
Propositions A and AA have provided over $2.2 billion for extensive new
construction and renovation at each of the nine community college campuses.
For more information on the bond program: www.propositiona.org.
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