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TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES LOCAL "REBUILD L.A." PROJECTS

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES LOCAL "REBUILD L.A." PROJECTS
 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC), at its meeting last night, approved recommendations for five "Rebuild L.A." projects. The projects were made possible by the leadership of the California Transportation Commission to accelerate $106 million in state funds on Metro Red Line Segment 2. This results in the deferral of the $106 million local match requirements for two years and allows the LACTC to use the State funds for projects that will assist in the rebuilding effort.
 "We are working to provide a future for all L.A. County residents in the growing transportation field," said LACTC Commissioner Gerry Hertzberg. "The programs we are looking at, including on-the-job apprenticeship training, will put area residents to work and provide high school students getting ready to enter the job market an important skill."
 The programs the LACTC has approved include:
 -- Accelerating construction of two prototype demonstration line segments (approximately 10 miles) for an electric trolley bus program running six miles along 1st Street and Broadway Boulevard to the L.A. Convention Center in the City of Los Angeles and four miles along Anaheim Street in the City of Long Beach ($10 million);
 -- Development of an apprenticeship program in the growing field of Transportation Demand Management (TDM), providing the opportunity to train and groom young professionals out of high school for this program, provide scholarships for a two-year college course offered at local technical colleges and fund salaries for on-the-job training ($1 million);
 -- Implementation of a building trades apprenticeship program in cooperation with the Associated General Contractors and the Unions (Operating Engineers, Carpenters, Laborers, and Cement Masons) providing pre-apprenticeship training and employment for qualified unemployed adults in the Los Angeles area, including on-the-job training at LACTC rail construction job sites ($1 million);
 -- Creating jobs for local youth along recently acquired rights- of-way to maintain and remove graffiti ($1 million); and
 -- Accelerating construction of the Alameda Corridor Project in order to provide improved rail access to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, grade separations and reconstruction of the viaduct on Anaheim Street in the Wilmington area, and other improvements to improve the flow of vehicular traffic ($25 million).
 "The building trades apprenticeship program is something I have sought and is an important element in providing jobs for the rebuild L.A. effort," said LACTC Commissioner and RTD Board Member Nick Patsaouras.
 "By working in partnership with all the major union groups, we are producing a very effective program that will provide a future for those interested in the field of construction. At the same time, we are delivering expanded transportation programs like the electric trolley bus program and street improvements that will produce a greater need for construction work."
 "The deferral of the $106 million essentially results in a two- year, interest-free loan that we can put to use on local projects," said LACTC Executive Director Neil Peterson. "LACTC staff has been working with local, state and federal agencies to develop programs that would deliver the most effective transportation improvements, create jobs and develop training programs that would provide a positive impact to L.A. County."
 The remaining funds will be used for projects to be selected during the next Call for Projects through the Prop C/ISTEA allocations scheduled for January 1993.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Bustamante or Stephanie Brady of the LACTC Transportation News Bureau, 213-244-6591 or 213-244-6792/ CO: Los Angeles Transportation Commission ST: California IN: SU:


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