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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.

Voting Begins on New Rail Line Name 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Voting Begins on New Rail Line Name

Hahn asks for public’s help to rename the “West Santa Ana Branch”

Walnut Park, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is inviting the public help to rename the “West Santa Ana Branch” rail line project. The much-anticipated Metro light rail line will connect ten cities in Southeast Los Angeles County and 1.4 million residents with accessible and reliable transit to downtown Los Angeles, but the name has long confused the public and has held back enthusiasm and support for the project. Supervisor Hahn has led an effort at Metro to rename the project and, starting today, the public will get to vote on the new name.

The planned rain line will run through Artesia, Cerritos, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, South Gate, Cudahy, Bell, Huntington Park, Vernon to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. While the West Santa Ana Branch name carries historical significance, it has led to confusion because the line neither connects to the City of Santa Ana, nor is it west of most of Los Angeles County.

“This rail line is going to make a huge difference in the lives of residents from Artesia all the way to Huntington Park, but few people know about it because the name is so terrible,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “So, we’re picking a new name that people can get behind and connect with. Thank you to everyone who submitted one of the over 1,200 ideas we received. Now it’s up to the public to vote for their favorites and help us ‘Name That Train’.”

“I’m excited to finally have a replacement name for the West Santa Ana Branch that properly represents and connects with the communities it will serve,” said Whittier Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Dutra, who serves as 2nd Vice Chair on the Metro Board. “I appreciate the enthusiastic response from all the individuals that participated.”

In the first part of the Name That Train contest, residents living up and down the line’s route submitted over 1,200 possible names for consideration and a panel of judges selected 12 finalists:

  • Calafia: the mythical queen after which California—first thought to be the “Island of California”—is named.
  • Esperanza: “Hope” in Spanish. This project represents the aspirations of 1.4 million residents for improved mobility, better opportunities, and an enhanced quality of life.
  • Gateway Cities: This line will serve most of the Gateway Cities, making these communities more accessible to the rest of LA County and helping unify a regional identity.
  • Los Angeles Gateway: The Gateway Cities region will finally have a direct transit connection to the heart of Los Angeles.
  • Los Rios: This line will run along and cross our major rivers, including the San Gabriel River, the Los Angeles River and its Rio Hondo tributary.
  • Pioneer: Pioneer Blvd. runs through the heart of Artesia, the line’s terminus. This project also represents a new frontier for the communities it will serve.
  • Pórtico: A portico is a door, a gateway to something new. This line will offer the Gateway Cities a portal to a brighter future.
  • Ruta Segura: “Safe Route” in Spanish. This project will give many new public transit users the confidence to travel on the Metro system.
  • Southeast: This line will serve not only Southeast Los Angeles but also most of Southeast Los Angeles County. Check the compass at Union Station; this line goes due Southeast.
  • Southeast Gateway: The communities of SELA and the Southeast LA County region—also known as the Gateway Cities—will have a gateway to DTLA.
  • The Heartland Connection: This line will provide a connection to the heart of the Metro system for the millions of residents of the Southeast Los Angeles County communities.
  • Tongva: The Tongva—whose name means “People of the Earth”—are the original inhabitants of the land that today is Southeast Los Angeles County.

The online public vote at launches on November 15, 2023 and will close on December 17, 2023. Anyone can vote for their top three choices, ranked in order of preference. Votes are limited to one per person. The name with the most votes will be selected and announced in January 2024.

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