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MTA ANNOUNCES MORE PUBLIC WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT L.A. COUNTY ON LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

Wednesday March 07, 2001

MTA has announced nine new public workshops will be held in late March and April where anyone concerned about worsening traffic as Los Angeles County grows in population can learn about MTA’s plan to keep local streets and highways moving freely.

The meetings will focus on MTA’s draft Long Range Transportation Plan, a 25-year blueprint for transportation planning in Los Angeles County through the year 2025. They will be held at different parts of Los Angeles County to encourage maximum public feedback. Spanish language interpreters will be available at all the public meetings, which are free. Mandarin Chinese translation will be available at the Chinatown meeting and Cambodian translation will be available at the Long Beach meeting.

The newly announced meetings are scheduled as follows:

Lancaster
Monday, March 26, 2001 6 p.m.

Lancaster City Hall Council Chambers
44933 Fern. Ave.

Chinatown
Tuesday, March 27, 2001 6:30 p.m.

Castelar Elementary School Multipurpose Room
840 Yale St.

Artesia
Wednesday, March 28, 2001 7 p.m.

Cerritos Senior Center
12340 South St.

Northridge
Tuesday, April 3, 2001 5 p.m.
St. Nicholas Greek Church
9501 Balboa Blvd.

Wilmington
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 7 p.m.

Wilmington Boys & Girls Club
1444 W. Q St.

Lake View Terrace
Tuesday, April 10, 2001 7 p.m.

Lake View Terrace Recreational Center
11075 Foothill Blvd.

Covina
(Tentative: call (213) 922-2833 to confirm)
Wednesday, April 11, 2001 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Joslyn Center Dining Hall
815 N. Barranca Ave.

Pasadena
Thursday, April 12, 2001 7 p.m.

Robinson Park Multipurpose Room
1981 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Long Beach
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 5 p.m.

Long Beach Gas Dept. Auditorium
2400 E. Spring St.

The public can get copies of the draft Long Range Transportation Plan at the public workshops or by calling MTA at (213) 922-2833 or visit the MTA web site at www.mta.net and click on Long Range Transportation Plan information to view the summary and a list of upcoming public workshops. Copies also are available in the Records Management office in level P-1 at MTA headquarters, One Gateway Plaza next to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Business hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This latest series of public workshops is in addition to more than two dozen presentations MTA has made in the community to seek public input on the draft Long Range Transportation Plan.

Since last spring MTA staff has held community outreach and focus group meetings with an array of constituencies including transit users, academics, environmentalists, community, business and labor leaders and others in developing the draft transportation plan. Other upcoming workshops include the following:

San Fernando Valley
Thursday, March 15, 2001 7 p.m.

Northeast Valley Senior Center
11300 Glenoaks Blvd.
Pacoima

East L.A.
Tuesday March 20, 2001 7 p.m.

Boyle Heights Senior Center
2839 E. 3rd Street

Downtown Los Angeles
Thursday, March 22, 2001 6 p.m.

MTA Headquarters Building
One Gateway Plaza
3rd Floor, Board Room
Los Angeles

Thursday, March 29, 2001 7:30 p.m.
North Hollywood Recreation Center
11430 Chandler Blvd.
North Hollywood

Those unable to attend a workshop but who wish to comment on the draft plan can send an e-mail to mtaplan@mta.net or write to MTA Countywide Planning & Development:

M/S 99-23-2
Attention: Long Range Plan
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Comments must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 11, 2001 to be considered by the MTA Board of Directors before it considers adoption of the plan probably in late April. Notice of the Board meeting will be posted in advance once it is scheduled.

Following Board adoption, the MTA Long Range Transportation Plan will be forwarded to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for inclusion in its Southern California regional transportation plan so Los Angeles County transportation improvements can be eligible for state and federal funding.


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