The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on October 14, 2016. To read the full article, click here.
LA leaders pitch Gold Line extension to Montclair with an eye on Ontario Airport – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Steve Scauzillo
October 14, 2016
CLAREMONT >> Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke in favor of extending the L.A.-to-Azusa Gold Line into San Bernardino County on Friday, saying funding for the first-ever cross-county light-rail line would start with passage of Measure M on Nov. 8.
Because the only funding source for the 12.3-mile extension is contained in the one-half-cent transportation sales tax, he joined about 200 people at Pomona College, including mayors and members of Congress, at a kickoff program for the Glendora-to-Montclair extension and to hammer home the importance of passing Measure M and fixing Southern California’s transportation woes.
“It’s isn’t just about $120 billion (in Measure M funding) or 10 lines, it is about people, it is about stories and about the quality of our lives,” Garcetti said.
He was supported by Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, who took it a step further by saying the San Bernardino Associated Governments, SanBAG, must start laying aside money to eventually connect the line to Ontario International Airport.
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