Covering Today’s Metro Finance and Budget Committee Meeting

Two big public meetings remain to be held by Metro in May to determine the (funding) fate of the Gold Line Foothill Extension.

The outcome of last week’s budget workshop on the 2010 fiscal year budget didn’t go too well with Foothill Extension advocates, so here’s hoping that today’s meeting gives us better news. After learning that the Foothill Extension was slated to receive a paltry $126,778 in 2010 instead of the previously-allocated $4 million (or the $735 million needed to build the extension), Supervisors Gloria Molina and Michael Antonovich, along with Duarte Mayor John Fasana, requested that Metro increase the budgets for both the Foothill Extension and Green Line. So that leaves us with today’s meeting, where Metro’s Finance and Budget Committee will take up the issue of increasing funds for both rail projects.

We encourage everyone to attend today’s meeting, which takes place at the MTA Building at 2:30 PM. For those not attending, you can follow us @iwillride on Twitter as we live-tweet the meeting or you can listen live by calling in at (213) 922-6045.

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