Statement From Councilwoman Nury Martinez on Opposing Pilot Bus Only Project

On Wednesday, May 15, City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez issued the following statement after introducing a motion that would request Metro and the Mayor’s office to report to the Transportation Committee on the purpose of the Pilot Bus Only Project and removing Van Nuys Boulevard as an option, especially given that Metro has already invested a tremendous amount of resources into making the light rail a reality. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Contact: Gabriella Landeros, 818-858-4025, 
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Statement From Councilwoman Nury Martinez on Opposing Pilot Bus Only Project

Los Angeles, CA - City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez issued the following statement after introducing a motion that would request Metro and the Mayor’s office to report to the Transportation Committee on the purpose of the Pilot Bus Only Project and removing Van Nuys Boulevard as an option, especially given that Metro has already invested a tremendous amount of resources into making the light rail a reality:

“For decades, San Fernando Valley residents have continuously been taxed for transit and have not received a reciprocal amount of investment in service. Metro finally has an opportunity to work with a community that has come around to supporting the implementation of mass transit, after decades of fighting about what mass transit in the San Fernando Valley means. This is a question about good governance, and Metro and the Mayor are putting themselves in a position of having to defend their intentions to the community. Since being in office, I have constantly fought to ensure that the Valley has a voice in the way we create infrastructure in our neighborhoods. I may not have a seat on the Metro Board, but I will continue to fight to ensure my residents are included in the conversation.

“Moreover, exploring this pilot project sends a conflicting message to the community, who voted for Measure M to secure a light rail and have rightfully been waiting 10 years to see it come to Van Nuys Boulevard. Not to mention, this potentially wastes millions in taxpayer dollars for a project that will have to be removed when construction begins for the light rail in 2022.”


 

Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the Sixth Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.

http://www.nury-martinez.com/

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