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Hahn assumes Chairship of Metro with focus on Safety, Rider Experience 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn assumes Chairship of Metro with focus on Safety, Rider Experience

Los Angeles, CA– Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn assumed the Chair of the Metro Board of Directors and delivered a speech outlining her priorities for her year-long term with a focus on safety.

“We know that new lines and stations will ultimately fail if riders’ top concern isn’t whether the Metro system goes where they need it to — but whether they will reach their destination safely,” said Chair Hahn, to an audience of elected leaders and Metro employees.

Hahn spoke about the importance of law enforcement visibility on buses, trains and at Metro stations and praised the recent surge of police and Sheriff’s deputy presence on the system in response to violent crimes.

On top of safety, Hahn laid out additional priorities: helping unhoused people find shelter and assistance off the Metro system, focusing on the rider experience, and supporting Metro’s workforce.
She also spoke about her plan to ride Metro more often as Chair.

“When my father was a Supervisor, he would take a different route to the office through his district every day. And every time he came across a pothole, he would report it to his staff and tell them that, the next time he drove that road, he expected it to be fixed,” said Hahn. “So, I am going to take a page out of my dad’s book. I haven’t ridden Metro as much as I should have in the past, but I am going to make it a point to ride more while I am Chair. And at our Board meetings, I am going to talk about what I experience as a Metro rider. That will mean calling out problems I see — as well as praising the things that go right.”

At the event, the former chair Mayor Karen Bass formally passed the gavel to Hahn. The chair of Metro rotates annually between the Mayor of Los Angeles, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and one of the City Selection Committee Members.

Hahn has served on the Metro Board of Directors since her election to the Board of Supervisors in 2016 and has championed building the Southeast Gateway Line from Artesia to Downtown, the preservation of the Dodger Stadium Express, and providing better mental health outreach to people in need on the Metro system.

Watch full speech: https://fb.watch/teJylJr1Db/ (Starts at 57:15)
Read full transcript of Hahn’s speech here.

Hahn Applauds Vote for Metro’s Eastside Extension to Whittier 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Applauds Vote for Metro’s Eastside Extension to Whittier

Los Angeles, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the Metro Board of Directors, is applauding a vote today to approve the Environmental Impact Report and move forward with plans to extend the Metro E Line to Whittier. In the wake of the unanimous vote, she issued the following statement:

“People are already commuting every day between the Westside and Downtown LA and the eastern communities I represent like Commerce, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and Whittier. But what they haven’t had is a fast, affordable single-seat ride to get where they’re going. With the Board’s support for this project today we are on the path to making the Eastside Extension to Whittier a reality and transforming how so many people in these communities move.”

Hahn Issues Statement After Stabbing on Metro Bus in Lynwood 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Issues Statement After Stabbing on Metro Bus in Lynwood

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor and Vice Chair of the Metro Board of Directors Janice Hahn has issued the following statement after a man was stabbed by another passenger on a Metro bus in Lynwood today:

“This attack today on a Metro bus in Lynwood is horrific and yet another grim reason that we need a surge of law enforcement on our transit system. People who rely on Metro every day need to know they can take our buses and trains safely. I appreciate our Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene quickly and have detained a person of interest. Thankfully, I am told that the victim’s injuries are not life threatening. I am praying for their quick recovery, and I am so sorry that they had to endure this.”

Supervisor Hahn Issues Statement on Commerce Bus Incident 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Supervisor Hahn Issues Statement on Commerce Bus Incident

Los Angeles, CA — Today around 4:50 pm, a passenger on a Metro bus in the City of Commerce was shot and killed. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has detained a person of interest in the case.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn released the following statement:

“Just this morning we announced a law enforcement surge across our entire Metro system.

However, I still believe we need to find a way to keep weapons off our system. You can’t get into a Dodger game, a concert or on an airplane without going through security.

We can and must do better. I am committed to making our transit system safer for all, no matter the cost.”

Southeast Gateway Line Clears Final Hurdle Before Construction 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Southeast Gateway Line Clears Final Hurdle Before Construction

Metro Board Certifies Final Environmental Report for Phase 1 of 19-mile Line Through Southeast LA and Gateway Cities

Hahn and local elected officials during today’s Metro Board meeting.

Los Angeles – This morning, the LA Metro Board unanimously certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the first segment of the future Southeast Gateway Line. With the certification, the 14.5-mile segment of the project can now move on to the construction phase, expected to begin by the end of 2024. When completed, the 19-mile Southeast Gateway Line will serve 1.4 million residents between Union Station in Downtown LA and Artesia, running through Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, and Cerritos.

“No more waiting and wondering, this project will go forward,” said Supervisor and Metro Board Vice Chair Janice Hahn, who represents the region. “The era of Southeast LA and the Gateway Cities being left behind by new Metro rail projects is over. The cities along the line are ready, future riders are ready, and now we can finally get to work building this transformational project.”

The 14.5-mile phase of the project that can now begin construction covers the line’s segment between the A Line’s Slauson Station and Artesia, and will have eight stations. 44% of residents along the line live below the poverty level. Construction and operation of the Southeast Gateway Line will create between 37,000 to 46,000 jobs and generate $5 billion per year in economic activity for the region.

This $7.1 billion project is Metro’s top priority for federal funding. Certification of the Final EIR brings the agency one major step closer to federal funding to go along with over $2 billion in local and State funds already committed to the project.

Local elected officials celebrated the vote. L to R: Vilma Cuellar Stallings, Paramount; Maria Davila, South Gate; Ali Taj, Artesia.

Every city along the Southeast Gateway Line has entered into a Master Cooperative Agreement with Metro, showing their support for the project and desire to get it built as soon as possible. Several local elected officials from those cities attended the Metro Board meeting today and expressed support for the project:

“Many of our residents will depend on the Southeast Gateway Line to move around, and I look forward to welcoming visitors from across our region to Artesia. I’ve been on board since day one and we are more than ready to finally get to work in collaboration with Metro to get this line built.” – Ali Taj, Mayor Pro Tem of Artesia

“I would like to express our support for this project. Once it’s fully completed, the light rail line will provide a one-seat ride between our communities and Downtown LA. We look forward to having our communities in partnership with LA Metro.” – Vilma Cuellar Stallings, Paramount Councilmember and Vice Chair of Board of Directors, Gateway Cities Council of Governments

“This community has been long waiting for rail transportation equity and this a big step today for that to happen. Southeast Gateway Line signifies new job and educational opportunities, and it will change the lives of many in our cities.” – Karina Macias, Mayor of Huntington Park

“I represent over 100,000 people, and I can tell you that this project will be an impactful line. As a city we are there to support this project.” – Maria Davila, Vice Mayor of South Gate

Hahn Asks for Fixes to Dangerous 105 Freeway Intersection 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Asks for Fixes to Dangerous 105 Freeway Intersection

Intersection saw 12 crashes and 2 fatalities in 2023 alone

Screenshot from CBS LA news coverage

Norwalk, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is asking the State of California to make immediate safety improvements to the dangerous intersection where the I-105 abruptly ends in Norwalk at Studebaker Road. The intersection had 12 severe crashes in 2023 alone, including two fatalities.

“The way the 105 freeway ends is dangerous and the intersection has become a crash-magnet,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Too many people have been injured or killed because of this badly designed freeway. I am asking the State to put in place safety improvements as soon as possible to safe lives and protect drivers and the Norwalk community.”

Crashes at the intersection have become so common that the medical facility which operated at the intersection was forced to close due to the number of cars that have crashed into it. Last year, Hahn’s office convened representatives from the City of Norwalk, Caltrans, and other agencies to find ways to work together to deliver safety improvements, and since then Norwalk and Caltrans have been discussing what can be done.

Today, Hahn sent a letter to California Secretary of Transportation Toks Omishakin asking the State Transportation Agency to work immediately to install more lighting, signage, and rumble strips along the I-105 freeway leading up to this intersection as a means of preventing future accidents.

Read full letter to Secretary Omishakin here.

A medical facility located at the intersection was forced to close after numerous collisions.

Fourth District Communities Will Receive 20% of California’s Total from USDOT Grant Program 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Fourth District Communities Will Receive 20% of California’s Total from USDOT Grant Program

Transit, pedestrian, and open space improvements coming to Southeast LA, Long Beach, and Norwalk, among other communities

Los Angeles CA – This week, the United States Department of Transportation announced $237 million in grants for transportation and open space projects in California through its Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program. At least $47,200,000–about 20% of California’s total award–will go to transportation improvement projects in Los Angeles County’s Fourth District, including:

  • $5,000,000 for a pedestrian bridge in Wilmington
  • $1,200,000 for the Hamilton Loop project in Long Beach
  • Approx. $41,000,000 for:
    • Major improvements to Florence Ave bus service through Southeast Los Angeles
    • Mobility hubs in Norwalk (C Line Norwalk Station) and Long Beach (A Line Willow Street Station)
    • Safety improvements at C Line Norwalk Station

LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn released the following statement:

“For too long, communities in my district have felt like an afterthought when big infrastructure projects were built. These $47 million in federal grants represent a long overdue investment in the future of our communities. They are going to reconnect Wilmington to its waterfront, provide critical more open space in North Long Beach, improve bus service along one of our most-used bus corridors in Southeast LA, and provide mobility hubs in Norwalk and Long Beach ahead of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

I’m thankful to Senators Padilla and Butler and to President Biden and Secretary Buttigieg for bringing these historic investments to our communities.”

Senator Alex Padilla released the full list of California projects receiving funding from the program. The goals of the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program include improving “access to daily needs such as jobs, education, healthcare, food, and recreation” and “fostering equitable development and restoration.”

Hahn Releases Statement on Multi-billion Dollar Long Beach-East LA Corridor Mobility Investment Plan 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Releases Statement on Multi-billion Dollar Long Beach-East LA Corridor Mobility Investment Plan

Hahn led calls to formulate plan after cancellation of 710 expansion in 2022

Los Angeles, CA — Today, LA Metro released its draft “Long Beach-East Los Angeles Corridor” Investment Plan, which is the result of over two years of work by dozens of organizations and stakeholders who live and work along the 710 South freeway corridor.

Supervisor Janice Hahn, who represents nearly the entire 710 South freeway and has brought forward several actions at the Metro Board to address the future of this project, released the following statement.

“The 710 freeway is a vital artery for the communities it runs through, but it has not always been the best neighbor. Two years ago when the freeway expansion project was canceled, I seized the opportunity to direct the funds to not only improve the freeway for drivers, but invest in improvements in the communities who for so long have dealt with poor air quality, poor transit, and congested streets.

Today we welcome a new chapter for the 710 and for these communities. The billions of dollars that this plan will invest in the area will not only make freeway improvements to address safety and congestion, but will also go toward repairing local streets, cleaning the air, adding shade, and improving transit for the more than 1 million people who live and work in communities along the 710 South freeway.

I want to thank all the task force and community leadership committee for their hard work to create a plan that will bring needed improvements to this critical transportation infrastructure while also giving back to the people who call this area home.”

Metro will host four virtual meetings and four in-person meetings, so that members of the community can learn more about the plan and give their feedback. The plan is the result of a 2.5-year effort by Metro staff and the Long Beach-East LA Corridor Task Force, which has been meeting monthly during that time, along with a Community Leadership Committee and several working groups. Task Force members have included the goods movement industry, the Ports, railroads, community-based organizations, labor, and city representatives as well as Metro Board members.

Hahn Initiative will Improve Mental Health Response and Outreach on Metro 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Initiative will Improve Mental Health Response and Outreach on Metro

Long Beach, CA – Today, the Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposal by Supervisor Hahn to improve Metro’s ability to respond to people experiencing mental health crises on the Metro system.

The motion, which was co-authored by Metro Board Directors Supervisor Solis, Supervisor Horvath, Supervisor Barger, Whittier Councilmember Dutra, and Pomona Mayor Sandoval, instructs Metro to work with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to provide training for Metro frontline staff, including all of Metro’s 300 transit ambassadors and over 200 transit security officers, so they are better able to respond to a rider experiencing mental health challenges. The motion also will establish priority access for Metro staff to reach the LA County Department of Mental Health’s field teams – including the Homeless Outreach Mobile Engagement (HOME) teams and Psychiatric Mobile Response Teams (PMRT)– who can respond directly to a person in need of mental health services.

“We have hundreds of new transit ambassadors and security officers in addition to law enforcement aboard our Metro system,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “With new training from the Department of Mental Health and a direct line to our mental health field teams, we can do a better job getting people struggling aboard our system the help they need and ultimately make our Metro system a safer place for all of our riders.”

“Because of this measure, when someone riding on the Metro A line needs help, we will see more resources deployed with a faster response time in our communities,” said Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson. “When Metro personnel has access to improved outreach training, engagement tools, and alternative response models, we can make riding Metro buses and rail safer and better for everyone. Thank you to the Board for their partnership on this important issue.”

The new initiative was the result of close collaboration between Supervisor Hahn and Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson who have been working together in efforts to help Blue Line (A Line) experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges and connect them with housing. The Supervisor and Mayor spoke about the effort in a video recorded this morning during the Long Beach Homeless Count.

Metro’s Chief Executive Officer will report back to the Board of Directors in 90 days.

Introducing the Southeast Gateway Line 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Introducing the Southeast Gateway Line

Supervisor Janice Hahn, Metro, and Coalition of Local Leaders Unveil New Name for Rail Line

Elected leaders from across Southeast Los Angeles and the Gateway Cities unveil the “Southeast Gateway Line” as the new name for the rail line.

Bellflower, CA – This morning, at the Mayne Event Center in Bellflower, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, LA Metro leadership, and a coalition of local leaders, unveiled the “Southeast Gateway Line” as the new name for the light rail line that will be built from Downtown Los Angeles through Southeast LA and the Gateway Cities to Artesia.

The project has long been known as the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor—a name that has confused residents and elected leaders alike. Supervisor Hahn has said that the bad name has prevented the project from getting the attention and funding it deserves.

The “Southeast Gateway Line” won of a six-month renaming contest launched by Supervisor Hahn in partnership with LA Metro. Over 1,100 people submitted name ideas and 4,500 voted for their favorites.

“This rail line is going to be revolutionary for communities in Southeast LA and the Gateway Cities, but its bad name has held this project back,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “I wanted to empower the future riders to pick a new name for this train – something they can connect with and that will help us deliver this project. The Southeast Gateway Line has the support of the people and this new name brings us one huge step closer to making it a reality.”

The Southeast Gateway Line, which will break ground this summer, will connect southeast LA County to Downtown Los Angeles from Artesia through Cerritos, Bellflower, Paramount, Downey, South Gate, Cudahy, Bell, Huntington Park, and Vernon to Union Station. Nearly half the residents in the neighborhoods that will be served by this line live below the poverty level, including one-in-five residents who are transit dependent and don’t have access to their own car.

The Southeast Gateway Line was included in both voter-approved sales tax measures Measure R and Measure M with nearly $2 billion in local sales tax going toward its construction.

Watch the full video of the name unveiling on the Supervisor’s Facebook page.

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