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LACMTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETS FOR FIRST TIME; L.A. COUNCILMAN RICHARD ALATORRE ELECTED CHAIRMAN

 LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The 13 members of the newly formed Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) were sworn in, and L.A. Councilman Richard Alatorre was selected the board's first chairman, at the MTA's first historic meeting Thursday, Feb. 4, 1993, at the Hall of Administration in downtown Los Angeles.
 The new MTA combines the powers, duties and responsibilities of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) and the Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD). The merger is the result of legislation passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Pete Wilson.
 "The MTA is open for business and ready to serve the citizens of the nation's second-largest metropolitan region," said new Chairman Alatorre. "We are going to move forward as expeditiously as we can to merge the LACTC and RTD.
 "By merging these two agencies, our goal is to more efficiently move more people by public transit and relieve congestion on the streets and freeways of Los Angeles County," he added. "We will achieve this by providing quality transit service, building additional rail lines and improving existing modes of transportation.
 "We also are going to strive for real cost savings, greater efficiency and economies and an end to wasteful duplication of programs and activities," he added.
 Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman was selected as vice chairman. "I am very much looking forward to assuming my role as vice chair of the new MTA," Edelman said. "I'm pleased we have been able to put aside our differences to establish a new and unified agency to expand the public transportation system for the people of Southern California.
 "We have a lot of work ahead of us, but with the successful opening of the city's first real subway and expanding Metrolink intercity commuter service, we're getting off to a great start."
 In its initial actions, the MTA board adopted rules and procedures that will govern MTA meetings as well as minority hiring and contracting programs designed to ensure maximum participation by women and minorities, both in the hiring of new employees and in the contracting for services.
 A stringent set of ethics procedures also was approved, as well as a temporary compensation program for new employees and procurement practices by which the new agency will solicit and award contracts.
 To comply with the authorizing legislation that created the new policy board, the MTA policy makers voted to delegate back to both the RTD and LACTC each agency's current responsibilities and legal powers until such time as the MTA deems appropriate. This action will allow both agencies to carry forward current programs and services while the new agency organizes.
 The MTA board is composed of 13 voting members. The RTD board and LACTC board each consist of 11 members. The MTA will be divided into three subgroups that include planning, operations and construction.
 The 13 voting members of the MTA are:
 -- The five Los Angeles County Supervisors: Gloria Molina, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Ed Edelman, Deane Dana and Mike Antonovich;
 -- Mayor Tom Bradley and three mayoral appointees: L.A. City Council members Richard Alatorre, Marvin Braude and Mark Ridley- Thomas; and
 -- Four representatives from the League of Cities: Long Beach City Councilman Evan Anderson Braude, Gardena City Councilman James W. Cragin, Duarte Mayor John R. Fasana and Glendale City Councilman Larry Zarian.
 Representing the State of California in a non-voting capacity is CalTrans District 7 Director Jerry B. Baxter.
 MTA board members will be compensated $150 per meeting attended, up to a maximum of $600 per month.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Smart or Greg Davy of RTD, 213-972-4400; or Stephanie Brady or Michael Bustamente of LACTC, 213-244-6792, for LACMTA/


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