POSTED: May 21st 2016
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Olympics: New rail line will boost the LA 2024 bid making the city more accessible

Santa Monica can be reached from downtown in 32 minutes © LA 2024
Santa Monica can be reached from downtown in 32 minutes © LA 2024

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) was thrilled that the new rail will make the city more accessible © LA 2024
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) was thrilled that the new rail will make the city more accessible © LA 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles 2024 bid celebrated the opening of the new metro rail line connecting the Olympic Coliseum and Staples Center to Santa Monica Beach. This new line will connect LA 2024's two largest venue clusters in 32 minutes and is part of the city's $300 billion transportation program.

Los Angeles 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans joined LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and city officials for the opening of the Metro Expo Line Extension.

"The opening of Metro's Expo Line to Santa Monica marks an important milestone for our city," said Mayor Garcetti. "This new transit line will give residents and visitors the world over a chance to 'follow the sun' and get from LA's downtown skyline to the shoreline in minutes.

"As we continue building our ambitious transit network, we can ensure the highest standards of mobility and convenience for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, and for all Angelenos long into the future."

This is the largest transport infrastructure construction program in the US, which continues to define the future of urban mobility and ensures that LA would deliver a comfortable, convenient and accessible Games-time transport experience in 2024. 

LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans said, "The vision and commitment of our city's leaders means LA is becoming more Games-ready every day. The city's wealth of existing and planned infrastructure will enable us to focus our attention on providing all participants with the best possible Games experience, not on construction deadlines.

"These major infrastructure upgrades will be a huge benefit to our sustainable, low-risk Games concept as we work to earn the honor of hosting the Games in 2024."

The new $1.5 billion extension will cut down the time for the 14 mile journey from the beaches of Santa Monica to the Coliseum in LA 2024's Downtown Cluster to approximately 32 minutes. The journey to Staples Center will take 45 minutes and the 2024 Games plan is designed to take full advantage of the $88 billion in transportation improvements. They are scheduled for completion before the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games regardless of the outcome of the bid.

The rail system will connect all venue clusters by 2024, complementing the existing high-capacity network of highways and minimizing travel times for all Games participants.

Los Angles is bidding against Budapest, Paris and Rome to host the 2024 Summer Games. The IOC will choose their final host city in September next year at Lima, Peru.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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