Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor and new Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin have been appointed as chair and vice chair of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority Board of Directors, respectively.
The board is overseeing construction of the 15-mile light-rail line between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Work on the project’s second phase between Culver City and Santa Monica is currently underway.
Appointments to the Metro Board of Directors included county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas as chair of the Finance, Budget and Audit Committee; John Fasana, who will chair the Ad Hoc Congestion Pricing Committee; county Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who will chair the System Safety and Operations Committee; Supervisor Don Knabe, who will chair the Construction Committee; and Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois, who will chair the Executive Management Committee.
O’Connor will chair the Planning and Programming Committee and retain her position as chair of the Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee.
“I’m excited to take the lead for the Expo Construction Authority Board,” said O’Connor, whose city expects to have the light rail arrive by 2016. “We are growing Los Angeles County’s rail transit network as we complete this light-rail line all the way to Santa Monica.
“It’s taken years of concerted effort, community support and political will. We are in the final stretch that will provide a transportation choice and a viable alternative to being stuck in traffic on the Westside. This is a time of great excitement and progress.”
Bonin has served as a member of the construction authority since last summer.
“I am extremely grateful to my colleagues for their vote of confidence and support,” said Bonin, who was named chair of the City Council’s Transportation Committee during his first week in office.
“The development of the Expo Line presents an opportunity to combat the gridlock that plagues neighborhoods on the Westside and I am honored to be in a position to help accomplish this important goal.”