FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 5262016
MTA Advances Key Security Measures, Fare Evasion Prevention, and Wardlow Station Study for Long Beach Blue Line
Long Beach: After many months of advocacy and lobbying by Mayor Garcia and the City of Long Beach, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board today unanimously approved taking the next step on several critical projects for the Long Beach Blue Line. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe, who sit on the Board, brought forth the measures, which were also pushed and supported by State Senator Ricardo Lara.
“I want to thank Supervisor Knabe, Mayor Garcetti, and Senator Lara for their strong advocacy and support,” said Mayor Garcia. “These projects will greatly enhance the Blue Line in Long Beach and improve the experience for commuters and visitors. The fare evasion stations have the potential to dramatically enhance passenger safety."
The projects include numerous security investments along the Blue Line in Long Beach, a fare evasion prevention pilot project at four downtown stations, and a study of potential improvements to the Wardlow Station, recently ranked one of the worst in the County.
These measures have been a priority for Mayor Garcia, and come after strong lobbying and advocacy by the Mayor and Senator Lara.
Safety and security are often cited by riders and potential riders of the Blue Line as concerns and barriers to using the line, and the new measures, including pedestrian safety gates, additional personnel and fare gate installation, are expected to greatly improve both.
Also approved was a study of many potential improvements at the Wardlow Station, including grade separation, better station maintenance, and the inclusion of the station in the MTA’s Transit Oriented Communities development projects. The Wardlow Station will also be prioritized to receive new funding, grants, and inclusion in the MTA’s State of Good Repair, Safety Improvements, and Aging Infrastructure program.
The report on these measures will come back to the Board this August.