Transportation helped define our city. From a car culture known the world over, to the first freeway in America (the Arroyo Seco Parkway), to traffic that has become iconic in its own right, as well as our famous lack of public transit, how we get around the city is a defining part of who we are as Angelenos. But transportation is so much more than how we travel between two points. Transportation is an issue of economic equity and environmental justice. It’s how we work and how we join communities.
I am working towards making a more connected Los Angeles– especially to our communities of color and in the San Fernando Valley– and making public transportation cheaper, cleaner, and safer. One of the easiest ways to green our city is to allow more people to ride public transit, but that means making public transit better. It means more stops in the place people live and work, it means cutting costs for riders, and making our fleet all electric. I’m putting forward a transportation plan that puts the needs of working Angelenos at its center.
As Mayor, Kevin will increase foot patrols for added safety in and around all transit stations. It is unacceptable that 1 in 4 women who use Metro report being harassed or feel unsafe. Lastly, Kevin will slash prices to make Metrolink more accessible to working Angelenos and make it Angelenos’ first choice to move around the city.
As Mayor, Kevin will seek to upgrade and prioritize overworked transit corridors for conversion to rail including a vital Vermont Blvd Rail Corridor and a Long Beach – San Pedro – Wilmington – Hawthorne rail transit corridor connecting the A and C Lines.
From scheduling optimization, to new station locations, to TAP cards, all of LA’s public transit infrastructure needs to work as one unit. Kevin will work with General Managers to bring both agencies together to create a more integrated system. He will work with both agencies to electrify their fleets– with electric buses by 2030 and electric rail replacing diesel to follow shortly– creating a greener LA for all of us.
Electrification of the entire system – Metrolink’s diesel trains for too long have emitted noxious fumes and particulate matter into nearby communities and we need to have Metrolink move into the current day on environmental goals.