Pasadena's Transportation Commission has grave concerns with Senate Bill 2111 now before Gov. Deukmejian for approval or veto. This bill arbitrarily allocates 15% of Los Angeles County's rail transit funds to the San Fernando Valley for the eventual construction of light or heavy rail.
This bill removes from the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission the authority to decide how best to allocate limited rail transit resources in our region. It therefore removes from that same agency the ability to fund those lines for which there is strong community support and strong traffic demands.
We are concerned that this is a special interest bill which is likely to result in more specialized bills being generated to parcel out limited transit resources in detriment of the local decision-making process.
We in Pasadena are currently engaged in a community-based process to locate our portion of the Long Beach-Pasadena light rail line. In a series of public meetings, we have found nothing but strong support for light rail coming to Pasadena. This is matched by unparalleled support for the line by the communities along this route between Los Angeles and Pasadena.