On Friday, I toured the new Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension in Los Angeles. This line, now nearing completion, is a great example of the new mobility the Obama Administration is working hard to bring to America's communities.
The extension is a 6-mile light rail line running from downtown L.A.'s Union Station to Atlantic. Along the way, the line connects downtown L.A. with Little Tokyo, the Arts District, Boyle Heights, and East L.A.
This extension demonstrates precisely the kind of multi-modal livability we've been advocating for. It offers connections to Metro and community bus lines; Metro Red and Purple lines; LAX via a free shuttle; Metrolink commuter rail service; and Amtrak. Through those direct connections, the Eastside Extension links its 8 stations to the rest of Greater Los Angeles.
Along the way, I saw wonderful housing opportunities and very livable communities. Metro estimates about 13,000 daily trips on this extension by the end of its first year. That's livable mobility, designed specifically for the communities the Eastside Extension serves.
The line would not be nearing completion without the hard work of Congresswomen Napolitano and Roybal-Allard. Their leadership made sure funding was available to the local leaders who want to improve the quality of life in their communities.
This is a model for America, and I congratulate everyone involved for making this happen.