Since serving in the California State legislature, Congressman Schiff has worked to promote and develop viable public transportation alternatives that will not only benefit riders, but also have a positive impact on congestion and our environmental problems. During his tenure in the California State Senate Schiff introduced legislation that created the Gold Line Construction Authority, which build the Gold Line on time and under budget. The Gold Line conserves energy and reduces pollution -- saving 1.5 million gallons of gasoline and preventing an estimated 4 tons of carbon monoxide emissions yearly.
In November 2008, residents in Los Angeles County overwhelmingly approved Measure R, a half-cent sales tax increase, to make significant infrastructure and transportation investments in the County. In the spring of 2010, Schiff worked to ensure that construction on Phase 2A of the Gold Line Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa could begin as soon as possible. Through the hard work of many people working on that effort, the project broke ground on June 26. Extending the Gold Line to Azusa will create nearly 7,000 jobs in our communities, generate approximately in $1 billion in economic activity and help ease San Gabriel Valley residents' commute into Los Angeles.