Metro Board Asks for Funding Plan for 'Twenty-Eight by `28' Initiative

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Metro Board of Directors today adopted a motion reaffirming the agency's commitment to the “Twenty-Eight by `28 Initiative,” a plan to finish 28 transit projects before Los Angeles hosts the 2028 Olympics.

The board's unanimous vote directs Metro staff to report back with a financial plan for the “Twenty-Eight by `28” initiative, which it initially endorsed in January. Some projects will need accelerated funding to meet the deadline.

“Today, Metro took a concrete step forward by adopting Twenty-Eight by `28 as an official policy: creating a transformative, safer, and healthier future for all Los Angeles County residents,” Supervisor Hilda Solis said.

“For too many years, many of our low-income, transit-dependent communities have been ignored or overlooked by transit projects that could provide relief and more equity to our transit system,” she said. “By developing a tangible financial strategy for implementing these critical transportation projects, Metro is putting our money where our mouth is. We are dedicating these funds to where they are needed the most. These improvements are coming: we will see to it.”

The motion, which was co-authored by Solis, Supervisor Janice Hahn, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Inglewood Mayor James Butts, directs Metro staff to report back to the Metro board by its December meeting with a full Twenty-Eight by '28 financial plan and policy for the panel to consider at its February meeting.

“Winning the bid for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games gives us a chance to re-imagine Los Angeles -- and to spend the next decade creating a legacy that will touch people's lives for generations to come," Garcetti said. “Twenty-Eight by `28 is helping us frame the progress we're making in the years leading up to the Games, by harnessing the unifying power of the Olympic movement to transform our transportation future.”

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