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SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE OKs $15 MILLION FOR RTD'S UNION STATION GATEWAY PROJECT

 SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE OKs $15 MILLION FOR
 RTD'S UNION STATION GATEWAY PROJECT
 LOS ANGELES, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Related Agencies July 29 earmarked $15 million to be used for building an intermodal mass transit center planned as part of RTD's Union Gateway Project at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, RTD General Manager Alan F. Pegg announced.
 "Union Station forms the centerpiece of Los Angeles' sophisticated intermodal transportation network, providing linkage between commuter rail, Amtrak, regional bus systems, light rail and the Metro Red Line scheduled to open in 1993," said Sen. John Seymour, R-Calif., who was instrumental in carrying the funding request to the committee.
 "This SCRTD and Catellus Development Corp. joint development project will enhance the intermodal transit capacity of the station and bring retail and office space into the area," Seymour said. "When fully operational, the transit center is expected to serve more than 144,500 passengers daily."
 The funding request is expected to go to the full Senate for consideration sometime next week. Funding would come from the Federal Transit Administration's bus and bus facility program of the Section 3 discretionary capital funding program.
 "By integrating life around public transportation, Los Angeles County has the opportunity to reduce automobile congestion and subsequently better our air quality, provide a more efficient land- use pattern and create a better quality of life for all county residents," said RTD board member Nick Patsaouras, who also sits on the board of Union Station Gateway Inc.
 Los Angeles City Councilman and RTD board member Richard Alatorre, who presented testimony about the project to the committee on several occasions, said: "I'm pleased that the Senate recognizes the importance of the Gateway Project as the heart of our transportation system. What we do on this project has implications for many, many years to come."
 RTD board member Antonio Villaraigosa agreed that "this appropriation puts the RTD one step closer toward creating a transit hub that integrates bus and rail and provides better transit service for Los Angeles County."
 The House of Representatives already has recommended that $10 million be earmarked for the project in its version of the Transportation Appropriations bill. The final funding amount will be settled during a Senate and House conference committee, expected to take place in September.
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