Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement regarding the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's vote to build Leimert Park and Hindry rail stations 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 & Hindry.
"Over the years, I have fought for the inclusion of light rail stations in Leimert Park and at Florence & 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. 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.
"Most recently, I sent a letter to the Los Angeles City Council in support of a motion to provide $40 million to build the Leimert Park stations and $15 million to build the Hindry station. After my letter was distributed to the Council members, the Council passed this motion, and Metro subsequently agreed to provide an additional $80 million to fully fund both stations.
"Leimert Park is one of the rich cultural destinations of Southern California. Popular among both residents and tourists, it is home to art galleries, bookstores, restaurants, live music, theater, ethnic clothing stores, and African artifacts. A station in Leimert Park will ease traffic congestion, stimulate the local economy, and facilitate access to this vibrant community.
"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. This station will also be vital for the 600 military veterans who are residents of the U.S. Vets 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.
"I look forward to continuing my work with Metro to ensure that this corridor receives strong federal support and serves all of the communities of the area."