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Rep. Lieu Tours LA Metro's Expo Line Phase 2

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) recently toured Los Angeles Metro’s Expo Light Rail Transit Phase 2 project, which extended service from Culver City to Santa Monica when it opened last year. The line has the second highest ridership of LA’s entire light rail system.

At an event during the tour, Lieu said, “It was a pleasure to see firsthand the completed Expo 2 line, which connects many diverse neighborhoods in California’s 33rd District. The project demonstrates the value of supporting trans­portation infrastructure investments.”

Lieu was joined by Metro Chief Executive Officer Phillip A. Washington, who said the line “continues our track record of building projects that are not only successful but showcase our commitment to sustainability.”

Also on hand at the La Cienega/­Jefferson Station event was Brian Freund, vice president of operations at Skanska USA Civil, design-build contractor for the line.

The group, which included several Metro officials, discussed the need to increase transportation infrastructure investments. In particular, speakers emphasized the importance of the federal Capital Investment Grant and TIGER grant programs that support local public transportation infrastructure projects like the EXPO 2 line.

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, which coordinated the program, earlier honored Expo Phase 2 as its 2016 Large Project of the Year.  It is also the first U.S. public transit project to achieve Envision™ Platinum certification from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Rep. Ted Lieu, second from left, and Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington, center, join other officials on a tour of Expo Light Rail Transit Phase 2.

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Metro

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