POSTED: May 12th 2017

Olympics: LA 2024 tackles transportation solutions for the Games

Metro CEO Philip Washington / SFC
Metro CEO Philip Washington / SFC

LAURA WALDEN in SANTA MONICA / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The IOC has rated LA 2024's transportation plans "compelling" as the bid plan strives to tackle the city's major challenge of the movement of people across the city should they win the Olympic Games. 

Patrick Baumann, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, told international media, "The city and the planning authorities for transportation have a very compelling case for how the transportation will be implemented for the games time period. They've studied this extremely carefully."

On the same note LA Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed that he is working on a "transportation revolution" that will include US $88 billion improvements and expansion to the public transportation system and will change the way people move around the city.

The expansion is planned regardless of the city hosting the Olympics to improve social services.

Already today officials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) celebrated the dual anniversary of two of Expo Line's segmnets the 7th Street/Metro Center and Culver City and then the extension on to Santa Monica. 

This Expo line has become the second busiest of Metro's four light rail lines and only the 22 mile Blue Line taking visitors between downtown LA and Long Beach has more riders. 

"For more than six decades the only way we could travel between the Westside and downtown L.A. was by automobile or bus," confirmed Metro Board Chair John Fasana. "After just one year of service to Santa Monica, the Expo Line has fulfilled the promise of offering daily mobility for tens of thousands of daily riders." 

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said, "We made history with the opening of the Expo Line extension a year ago -  and the extraordinary ridership shows that Angelenos are ready for the future of public transportation. We're delivering on the promise to ease congestion and bring more convenient transportation options to our communities." 

Metro CEO Philip Washington added, "Metro has embarked on an ambitious program to improve our roads and freeways, expand rail lines, enhance bus service, and make neighborhoods friendlier for pedestrian and bicyclists. Projections show that 750,000 people may move to LA County in the next decade. We are working now to build the infrastructure to accommodate that population growth."

LA is bidding in this 2024 bid race against Paris and the IOC will decide their final host city at the session in Lima, Peru in September. 

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six 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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