Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Westchester) congratulated the actions taken by the Los Angeles City Council and county Metropolitan Transportation Authority May 20 in support of a second Westchester station on the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Corridor.
The City Council has authorized funding of a second light rail station in Westchester, while Metro has approved an underground station at Leimert Park on the Crenshaw/LAX Line.
“I am pleased that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) voted last week to include light rail stations on the Crenshaw/LAX Corridor at Leimert Park and Florence and Hindry (avenues),” the congresswoman said in a statement.
Waters, who represents Westchester and the Leimert Park area, introduced legislation in Congress March 13 that would assist the construction of both light rail stops.
“Over the years, I have fought for the inclusion of light rail stations in Leimert Park and at Florence and Hindry on the Crenshaw/LAX line. I visited Metro and met with Metro leadership to discuss the importance of these stations, and I urged Metro to seek federal funding for their construction,” she said. “On Capitol Hill, I introduced legislation to increase federal funding for the TIGER program, which provides grants for transportation infrastructure projects like the Crenshaw/LAX Corridor.
“I also circulated a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, signed by 113 of my colleagues, requesting $500 million for this program in 2014, and urged the Department of Transportation to provide TIGER grants to Metro to finance these stations,” Waters added.
The congresswoman recently also sent a letter to the City Council in support of a motion by Councilman Bernard Parks that will provide $40 million to build the Leimert Park station and $15 million to build the Hindry station.
Waters, who has joined her Westchester constituents in lobbying for a second Westchester station for several years, views the vote as a plus for all segments of her district.
“A Hindry station on the Crenshaw/LAX Corridor is especially important to the Westchester community. Without this station, Westchester residents would not have direct access to light rail,” she noted.
“This station will also be vital for the 600 military veterans who are residents of the U.S. Veterans facility in Inglewood. Most of these veterans rely on public transportation, and it will be difficult for them to walk all the way to Century Boulevard to board a train.”
The current Westchester stop on the light rail line is at Aviation and Century boulevards.