The following excerpt appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on August 24, 2018. To read the full article, click here.
As Trump attacks California auto emissions standards, counties stay on track with electric train and mass transit projects -Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
By Steve Scauzillo
August 24, 2018
Michael Cacciotti, a governing board member with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and a councilman in South Pasadena who rides the Gold Line daily, says air quality’s tremendous improvement from the early 1980s is due to California’s stricter tailpipe controls, which Trump wants to take away.
But it is also due more recently to the addition of subway and light-rail trains, including the Red Line from Downtown L.A to Hollywood 25 years ago, the Blue Line from Los Angeles to Long Beach 28 years ago and the Gold Line from East Los Angeles to Azusa 15 years ago.
Cacciotti said of the Gold Line, which started taking passengers to and from Los Angeles and Pasadena in 2003:
“That’s 55,000 people a day and it is taking those people’s cars off the highways, removing hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, and that doesn’t include diesel particulates. There are significant amounts of emissions taken out of the air.”
The Azusa/Glendora to Montclair extension could reduce 146,700 car miles a day starting in 2027 when it opens, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the life of the project, according to estimates from Metro.
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