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Published on May 24, 2024
Unanimous Metro Board Vote Boosts LA Eastside Commute with Greenlit E Line Extension to WhittierSource: OrdinaryScarlett, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is singing praises for a unanimous vote that's set to change the daily grind for countless commuters in the city. The Metro Board of Directors, which counts Hahn as its Vice Chair, greenlit the Environmental Impact Report for the Eastside Extension of the Metro E Line to Whittier on Thursday. Hahn, in a statement obtained by LA County's newsroom, gushed about the decision, "People are already commuting every day between the Westside and Downtown LA and the eastern communities I represent like Commerce, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and Whittier. But what they haven’t had is a fast, affordable single-seat ride to get where they’re going."

This vote is a significant leap toward reducing the congestion plaguing city roads and providing a more efficient travel option for those living or working on the city's eastside. It’s expected to ease up the arterial strain of LA's notorious traffic and is pitched as a game changer for the communities involved. Hahn's office emphasized the transformation the project promises, saying, "With the Board’s support for this project today we are on the path to making the Eastside Extension to Whittier a reality and transforming how so many people in these communities move."

The move to approve the Metro's expansion comes amid growing concerns over traffic woes and the environmental implications of heavy car reliance. By providing an alternative that's fast and easy on the wallet, the Metro board addresses both concerns in a single stroke. There's a growing consensus that improved public transportation is a critical component in fighting gridlock and curbing emissions, and the Eastside Extension is a nod to that imperative.

Although the approval is just the beginning of a long journey to ribbon-cutting, Whittier and its neighboring districts can now look forward to a future where personal vehicles might not be the only viable way to get around. The exact timeline for the project, which undoubtedly involves layers of construction and testing, has yet to be revealed. However, Hahn's statement captures the collective breath of anticipation: "With the Board’s support for this project today we are on the path to making the Eastside Extension to Whittier a reality and transforming how so many people in these communities move."