Vice Mayor Garcia & Councilmembers Seek Improvements to Long Beach Metro Stations
2013-05-31 · By Editor
Vice Mayor Robert Garcia has authored legislation to ask the City Council to take a position on installing electronic turnstiles at all 8 Long Beach Metro stations, and address other ongoing issues including replacement of public art, public safety, landscaping, and maintenance.
Councilmembers Suja Lowenthal, James Johnson, and Steven Neal are the co-authors of the legislation.
“The Blue Line is vital to our local economy and transportation network, but there continues to be public safety and maintenance challenges that are not being addressed by LA County MTA,” said Garcia. “The city needs to get more engaged and ensure that proper investments are being made.”
The Los Angeles County MTA Blue Line opened in 1990 and is the second busiest line in the Metro system with over 26 million boardings a year. The Blue Line runs north-south between Downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach and passes through the cities of Compton, Willowbrook and Watts. The City of Long Beach has 8 stops, each with pedestrian platform beds, public art, signage, and landscaping. An estimated 6 million boardings occur every year at the 8 Long Beach stations.
The legislation, on the City Council agenda on Tuesday, June 4, asks the Council to take an official position and ask Metro to install paid electronic turnstiles at every Long Beach station. These turnstiles are common at other stations throughout the county and would assist public safety personnel with managing riders, and ensuring that riders are paying the fare.
In addition, the legislation directs the City Manager to work with Metro on a plan and a timeline to address other public safety concerns, as well as, maintenance and repair, and replacement of damaged public art.
“Electronic turnstiles make sense, and will ensure that all riders are paying the fare,” said Garcia.