Amid New Leadership, Villaraigosa's Transit Plans See Less Support

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently visited Washington D.C. to discuss his plans for expedited transit projects in L.A., but the new congressional leadership is not as supportive as the old.

"On Thursday, Villaraigosa - in Washington for a gathering of the U.S. Conference of Mayors - met with Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the new chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

'The mayor and I shook hands on pledging to move projects forward in an expedited fashion,' Mica said. But the chairman threw cold water on one L.A. proposal - getting Washington to pay the interest on transportation bonds. 'That's not going to float,' Mica said."

Villaraigosa is still pushing his "30/10" plan that would enable 30 years worth of transportation projects in 10 years.

Full Story: Los Angeles transit projects pitched to new Congress by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa


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