SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

TOWN HALL Los Angeles

June 02, 2009 16:08 ET

Metro CEO, Art Leahy, to Discuss Expanded Gold Line With TOWN HALL LA

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - Arthur T. Leahy, Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will speak to TOWN HALL Los Angeles about expanding the city's public transportation system "Striking Gold with Metro on the Eastside," Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension is scheduled to open in East LA this summer. Its eight new stations will serve LA neighborhoods such as the Arts District, Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights, connecting the Eastside to downtown LA, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and points in between.

On plans to improve public transit Leahy said, "I am looking forward to helping deliver on the promise to voters when they supported Measure R -- to make transportation improvements by delivering more mass transit options, repairing streets, reducing congestion on freeways and maximizing carpool lanes."

The third largest public transportation agency in the US, Metro has a $3.4 billion annual budget and more than 9,000 employees. It operates 200 bus routes and five subway and light rail lines with a combined annual ridership exceeding 400 million boardings. In addition, Metro is the lead county transportation planning and programming agency for the funding of improvements.

Leahy assumed his current position on April 6, 2009. He returned to Los Angeles where he began his career 38 years ago as a bus driver for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. From 1997 - 2001, he served as general manager of Metro Transit in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Afterwards, Leahy was CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). He led voter renewal of Orange County's Measure M, the $12 billion transportation sales tax measure to fund local highway and transit projects.

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When:  Tuesday, June 16, 2009
       12:00 PM Luncheon Program with Q&A

Where: Millennium Biltmore Hotel
       506 South Grand Avenue
       Los Angeles CA  90071

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